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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Many Whites With Diverse Backgrounds – BYU has some diversity. There are students from literally all over the world. I've met students from Europe, Africa, and all over South America. While there may not be a huge number of people from diverse backgrounds what really makes BYU diverse is the amount of students who have diverse backgrounds. Since BYU has a predominantly Mormon population many of the students have served proselyting missions for the LDS church. I have been in classes where a teacher asks all students who fluently speak another language to raise their hands and more that half do. Anytime a foreign word comes up in class there is always more than one person in class who can speak that language. Many members of the LDS faith go in 2 year proselytizing missions and learn new languages and cultures. I myself served in Brazil and learned Portuguese. i can easily name friends of mine at BYU who served on nearly every continent. so BYU has lots of diversity but it may be different from what you think.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL – at BYU we live a strict honor code and as such there is no drugs or alcohol allowed on campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Pretty Good – Provo is a small town with a good amount of attractions, namely malls and food places, and movie theaters. Most major events, however, seem to happen outside of Provo (Orem, about 10 minutes away, American Fork, Salt Lake City, etc.). Thanksgiving Point is always a great place to visit, about 45 min away.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Mix of Old and New – The only buildings on campus that aren't that great are the ones that have been around forever, but even those aren't too bad. There are several new buildings though like the JFSB and JKB, which are pretty nice. The library is huge and pretty cool. The Wilk (building near the center of campus) has a book store and a food court. All in all, the facilities are pretty good.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Good Social Atmosphere but Somewhat Overpriced – The social atmosphere in the dorms is great. The hall advisers work to get you involved and there are typically a lot of activities. However, the dorms are somewhat overpriced in my opinion (especially Helaman Halls). If you're worried about the transition to college life, I would live in the dorms. I stayed two semesters, but one would definitely have been enough for me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You Can Find What You're Looking for – If you do your research and start in advance, you can usually find what you're looking for as far as what is most important to you. There are really cheap options that are more crowded and less well-kept, and more expensive options that are more spacious and classy. Either of these combinations can be found close to campus. Many students walk to campus because parking on campus is limited. Many apartment complexes are within easy walking distance though, so it's not too big of a problem.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Strict in a Positive Way – Many people would consider the BYU Honor Code to be very strict, especially in comparison to other colleges and universities. Students attending BYU agree not to drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs, and dress immodestly or provocatively, among other things. They also agree to remain sexually pure (i.e. refrain from sexual relationships outside of marriage). While many people would consider this outrageous, in my opinion the honor code helps students to focus on their education and to use creativity when looking for ways to have fun. It also helps students live up to their word and take their duty seriously.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Awesome – At BYU the sports are great. The have great facilities and the student population is very supportive of the sports teams. BYU football and basketball are HUGE here.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: It would be really difficult to find students at BYU who use drugs.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Living Close to Campus Is Best Option – At BYU you really need to either have your own car or live close to campus. Buses are used by some students, but the wait between buses is a long time.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking situation is so confusing at BYU and so difficult. There are so few places you are allowed to park, and it seems like it changes all the time. And since people are fighting over these limited parking spaces, good luck.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Heritage Halls – Heritage Halls is being renovated at the moment, but the old buildings were very sociable and welcoming. The buildings are old but they are practical and clean. The wards are great, and there are plenty of dances and other social events put on by Heritage Halls.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Marriage Material – There is never a lack for men and women that match your standards. Strong testimonies, morals, grades, honor, virtue, integrity, and clean language. The dress is clean and modest. Everyone is generally very happy and friendly. You can strike up a conversation with a total stranger on campus. Almost everyone on campus has a smile on their face. A very welcoming environment to be in.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: So Much Better Than Home – Coming from a smaller town, the amount of options that I suddenly had when I came to BYU was a little bit intimidating, but I love it. All the guys are great and it's hard to pick one that you like the best.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: We're All White – Yeah, basically, we're all white. It's not that we're racist or anything, it's just the majority of the people that apply are white. Ethnic people are kind of like celebrities on campus- like you get excited when there's a black guy in your class, even if you never talk to him. So, not a very diverse place racially, however, different cultures are totally accepted. That's one of my favorite things about BYU, because you can learn so much about different cultures because there is such a wide variety of people there.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's Okay – If you're living on campus, then parking is a little stressful sometimes, depending on which dorms you live in. Cops do come around and give you tickets if you're parked in the wrong place overnight. However, overall, the fines aren't too awful. Availability varies on the night, and the spaces are pretty convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do, Not Too Terribly Exciting Though – Most students interact a lot with UVU students, so they share their activites. There is a lot of cheap fun attractions that are as fun as the people make them and of course extravagant things like snowboarding in the gorgeous mountains. Shopping is wonderful, but that is coming from a small town girl. There have been a couple safety issues, but not near the norm. Just the obvious dark hours, keep a guy with you. Very student-oriented atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Comprehensive Application Was Great – Their comprehension Application was fabulous and easy, but it didn't have a clear way to apply personally for unique scholarships you might stand a better chance at.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Small Town but Nice – Provo is a quiet town, but most people (students and locals) are very nice. There are things to do at times of the year: skiing, hiking, movies, etc. Salt Lake City is a bigger city and is about an hour away with more entertainment venues. Most people can find things on campus related to clubs and the different colleges that help them interact and enjoy their college experience.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: First of all, the tuition at BYU is super cheap. Second, scholarships are often awarded based on academic standing (if you have a 3.8ish college GPA you should qualify). Fall and Winter (spring at most colleges) it is more difficult to get a scholarship, but spring and summer it is much easier to get a scholarship. Everything is done online and you are notified promptly about your scholarship status. Also, scholarships are awarded by individual colleges as well.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Health Center Is Great – I have only been at the health center a few times but they were very helpful. Security on campus is readily available including those that are willing to walk you home. Campus crime is a minimal. I lost my wallet in the library and someone found it and placed it in the lost and found. My friend forgot his laptop and that was returned as well. Only at BYU!!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Utah weather is really unpredictable at times which is hard because it my snow in the summer, or be really warm in the winter. The nice thing is that there is a variety. You get your fill of warm weather and cold weather

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There Are a Lot of Options, and Plenty of Them – There are plenty of computer labs at BYU, and nice new computers too. The main floor library computers fill up fast, but if you know where to look, it is not hard to find more. Almost all of the classrooms have WiFi and there is plenty of space for those who want to use their own computers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not a Concern – If you look hard enough you can just about find anything anywhere. But at BYU it truly is a great place. Majority of students don't do drugs neither do they do alcohol. You will always find a bad apple in the basket but most are very well dressed, groomed and morally clean.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus is continuously improved with state of the art technology and facilities. I feel it is a great university and can proudly say "I went there". Clean, well taken care of, great library, many campus activities and great morals.


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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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