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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Senior

Majors: Fascinating, Not Well-Known – I decided to major in Conservation Biology, and three years into the program I have not met very many other students with the same major. Most Biology students tend to go into medical sciences or hands-on technical sciences, not studies that merge social and natural sciences like my major. It requires tough enough classes that I could go on to law school or grad school, but also offers small and interesting courses like Religion and the Environment. I have enjoyed working with professors and exploring career options as varied as Interpretive Ranger with the National Park Service, nonprofit coordinator of an overseas environmental initiative, biological technician or environmental consultant for large corporations, or even going into research. The sky's the limit with this fascinating major!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: On-Campus Is Easy, but Not Cheapest – I found that the contracts and payments associated with on-campus housing were much easier to navigate than off-campus housing, but the cost is quite a bit more to off-set that convenience. I enjoyed my time at Helaman Halls for the easy access to delicious meals at the Cannon Center Cafeteria, but I decided that I could cook for myself for less than half the cost and moved to Heritage Halls. Don't let them fool you into thinking that you MUST have a meal plan as a freshman- once I canceled mine, I saved a lot of money cooking for myself and wasn't locked into dining options. Wyview was my favorite place to live: it was far enough from campus to give you breathing room but still close enough to ride a bike (10 min tops!), and the activities were also so much fun! I especially enjoyed playing the piano and checking out games from the Central Building. Wyview is close to many different shopping centers, restaurants, bike shop, and the Provo River Trail. One nice thing about on-campus housing is the cheap and accessible laundry facilities. I got married in the middle of the semester, and it just took a phone call and a bit of paperwork to cancel my contract and get back my deposit. Anywhere else you'd have the headache of trying to sell your contract or getting stuck paying for two places at once!

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Small-Town Feel With Easy Access to Mountains – Provo is a fun town with lots of community events and neat downtown shops and destinations. I love sampling food from the many Indian, Thai, Mexican, and other restaurants and exploring antique shops on center street. The easy access to hiking, biking, and rafting is a definite plus, and the city is improving its bike trail/lane system. Parking is a bit of an issue because there are just so many people in a little area. Having LDS temples so close means a lot to me, too. Provo is a big city with a small-town feel in many ways (unless it's Friday night after a big football game!)

2 College Senior

Diversity: Similar Backgrounds – There are students present from many different countries and walks of life at this school, but because it is a church-owned university the majority of students are middle-class Latter-Day-Saints. The Honor Code makes it so people dress and act in very similar ways. Good and wholesome ways, but fairly sheltered from the "real" world.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: While BYU isn't currently growing, (30,000 students and a large campus that isn't annexing anymore land) it is always improving, remodeling, or rebuilding. In the next few years, the 40 year old life sciences building is going to be replaced by a state of the art life sciences building just south of the current one. Even in times of financial crises worldwide, BYU is still well-funded because of the importance of education in the minds of it's board of trustees.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Police Beat: a Joke! Apart from an infrequent stolen item, the police beat (a section of the university newspaper) is full of the most ridiculous reports that police could make, such as "A suspicious person was found driving around Wyview at midnight. He was stopped and identified as a resident of Wyview." I'm confident that the Police do a lot of good on campus, but there's not much for them to do.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: All Online. I think the only thing that stops people from getting scholarships is not applying or getting bad grades. 50% of students get financial aid at BYU and it's already inexpensive compared to other universities. The secret to getting aid is asking for it at BYU.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: White Westerners; Few Foreigners – Students of all economic backgrounds grace the campus of BYU, but minorities are ill-represented. I would venture that while nearly every minority is represented, they are not represented by equitably. However, I would guess that this is related more to the type of people that applied rather than some unjust or racial discrimination on the part of admissions committees.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Tons of Places – you have generic chain restaurants all over the place here, as well as self owned foreign foods. It's a great balance of everything, and it's all very accessible.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The Best School Ever – BYU is so well rounded and has everything that you really need as a college student. The academics are great, great professors, resources, and opportunities. It's a college town; BYU students and all the UVU students just down the road, fun place to be.

5 College Junior

Academics: Opportunities to Excel – the professors provide all the information you need, and there are plenty of resources to help you really capture the material. Study groups, review sessions, labs, teacher's assistants

3 College Senior

Computers: Decent for Needs – The computers are pretty ample, especially in the main library. Network speed is usually pretty good and the wireless access, evening during lunch and dinnertimes, is pretty decent. Copiers and printers are pretty good but the printing costs can add up pretty fast (they need a better page printing rate). Unless you really need a personal computer, then it's not necessary; you can get a flash drive and take it with you to the computers.

3 College Senior

Parking: I Could Be Closer to My School – Parking can be friendly to some and to others not so friendly. If you are a grad student, then for some colleges parking is nice. You may however be at a disadvantage if you are undergrad student because if you park in the wrong spot or a parking zone too early, you can be ticketed. They are quite dilligent in finding rule breakers. Otherwise, parking is usually pretty ample, in and off campus.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Where Are They? BYU may have a dense population but the nightlife is more so created through activites that the students organize, whether school-related, church-related, individual-related, etc. No real clubs exist within the Provo/Orem area although occationaly you may find a underground parking garage party. If you're looking for an alchoholic drink, Provo is probally not the best place to find it, due to the Mormon value of abstaince. Usually when people go to party, they head to SLC, a 40 min drive north.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Process a Bit Quicker – The financial aid here is pretty good. The paperwork is pretty straight-forward but you must require anticipation. Even then, when you turn in necessary forms or information in early, the process can be a bit slow. I wish it could be a bit quicker. The financial aid officers are quite knowledgable and have a good ear.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's Okay. They just redid the the meal plan and I don't know how it is going to work out for them.... we'll see. Cannon Center is great but pricey. Cougar eat is very convenient and nice. there are several places around. The Sky room is nice for dates.... and it's clean... I clean it myself....

4 College Junior

Majors: Great Learning Experiences – The majors are really good at preparing you for what comes after college, preping for grad school, preping for work in the field after graduation. There aren't SUPER selection of majors, but there are lots. So while the choices maybe aren't as much as others, the training within the one's they do have are TOP NOTCH and can pretty much prepare you to do anything and have the maximum possibilities anyway, so it makes up for it in the end.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Need More. WELCOME MORE – It is pretty diverse as far as place of origin is concerned. People are from all over the states and MANY foreign countries. Nearly everyone speaks two or more languages. With the returned missionaries, they have spent two years in foriegn places... it's pretty diverse. But, most are LDS. in that way, BYU needs more diversity, more people that are not members who still have high standards and can maintain and honor the Honor Code.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – The on campus housing is almost exclusively for freshmen. But it is fabulous. Wyview Park is the best because you basically have your own apt. I have heard that the New Heritage they've been building are extremely nice as well. The Residents Halls Association is very organized, involved and make it awesome. Also, Resident Assistants and Hall Advisors are trained very well and truly care about the residents.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Better Than Clubs – There are much better house parties. They are safer, funner, cheaper, better music, better atmosphere. Not many good things happen after about one a.m. anyway.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Old but Doable – The off-campus housing has existed in Provo for many many years, so the majority of the apartments are old and run down. Parking is also a common inconvenience. Other than that, the majority and very safe, have reasonable costs, close to campus, and a great environment.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Prestigious and Difficult but Well Worth It – The classes at BYU are very rigorous and take a great amount of time to get a good grade, but the outcome is tremendous. I've learned more being there than I ever have in just one year.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: From What I've Heard – I never lived in the campus housing, but from what I have heard it was excellent and everyone had a great experience. It is very close to campus and the social scene is awesome. Married campus housing is a little farther away but a great, safe area with spacious, grassy areas, large trees and spacious apartment for a reasonable price.

3 College Junior

Weather: Pleasant If It Isn't Snowing – Late summer and fall are absolutely wonderful. Winter can be very cold if it is windy or snowing, but if it isn't, a medium grade jacket will get you through the day just fine. I will be a senior this year and have not seen any classes canceled due to the weather.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't Forget the Honor Code – BYU has a strict Honor Code which all students must sign before enrolling in classes. They are adamant about sticking to the rules and everyone takes it very seriously. If you are a member of the LDS church, the Honor Code won't be too bothersome because it just reiterates the standards that have already been taught. If you are looking to drink, party, hook up, or even wear short skirts, stay away from BYU. You will get caught, and they will kick you out.

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Caitlin Bronson
Graham, Wash.
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A BYU experience is unlike anything else. The things that you will learn go far beyond what is taught in the classrooms, and the people that you will meet are exceptional. Researching the school, and being familiar with the rules and expectations of students, will make the transition smoother and help you get the most out of your BYU experience.

Talking with people who have attended, reading books such as this one, and looking at the BYU Web site (www.byu.edu) are all great ways to make sure that this is really the school for you. If you decide that BYU is what you want, then jump in and enjoy it! You are in for a great and character-building experience.

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