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Reviews 4857 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at byu are absolutely fantastic. The campus is beautiful and there are places all over to study and hang out. The library is awesome. I've loved all of my professors. The workload is pretty heavy and I've had to spend a lot of time studying but that's what makes the academics so great here.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: BYU has an honor code in place that each student signs before entrance into the school. In the honor code we give our word to not to use drugs or alcohol. There is no pressure to do drugs or drink while on campus. Even off campus I have never been pressured with drugs or alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid but the process was somewhat confusing. My suggestion is to send an email or something explaining the process thoroughly. I wasn't sure exactly how or when the financial aid would come through or show up.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love being a sociology major. There are so many opportunities and great chances for internships and studying abroad! I am also minoring in international development and women's studies. While both are underfunded, the professors and staff are doing the best they can. I am hoping to pursue a degree in gender studies and I believe BYU and the opportunities it provides will help me go on to graduate school.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computers are all over the place at BYU. There are printing stations in every building and printing costs aren't too bad. It can get a little busy at lunch time, but I have never had a problem finding a spot. Connecting to the internet is usually pretty easy, but is virtually unavailable in the basement of a few buildings.

2 College Junior

Diversity: BYU is known for being a very conservative, religious, and ignorant college community. While there are definitely cases of this that may be faced, there is an immense amount of diversity at BYU. We have international students from all over the world and the majority of the student body has lived abroad for two years while serving as missionaries for the LDS Church. The most difficult thing to face is that most people come from very wealthy families with very similar upbringings. Overall, however, I think the BYU community is very accepting and welcoming to all.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: There are SO many incredible students at BYU, so financial aid is hard to come by. I applied for a scholarship every year and only got a half tuition scholarship for one semester in my 4 years.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Not very good, especially for normal students.....

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Fun activities. Mormon town=not much disgusting stuff

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had a very good experience at BYU. I was surrounded by people who, for the most part, share my values and morals, so it was easy to maintain high moral standards. The instructors and professors are very open to helping their students, and often will offer study sessions outside of class times. The campus is not too big. There are lots of social activities and clubs offered on campus, and many groups that get together off-campus for activites. Academics are important, but so are extracurricular activities.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms fill up quickly, mostly with freshman students (they are required to live on-campus their first semester). Some of the dorms are like small apartments, with a kitchen, bedrooms, and "living" areas. Some have a cafeteria the students get their meals from. The cafeterias have set hours, and if you are not able to get to the cafeteria while it is open, you just miss the meal (even though you pay ahead for each semester). One nice thing in the dorms is that they offer tutoring and study labs for the residents in the evenings.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are a variety of races (although most are white), religions (although most are LDS), political beliefs and economic backgrounds at BYU. If students are any sexual orientation besides heterosexual, they keep it to themselves because it is contrary to the standards of BYU.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking permits are available at a reasonable cost, but spaces for students are limited. It is easier to park off-campus and walk or take a bus to campus. There are many bus routes, running frequently, to the campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I wouldn't do it all over again. It's a lot of work.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It can get cold here, one winter it got down to -2 degrees F. It starts getting cold in October and will be cold off an on until November, when it starts snowing. It'll snow and be cold sometimes all the way to May, mixed in with some really nice spring days. Some winters there will be lots of snow and some winters there will hardly be any. Its not too bad though, if you have the right clothing, and when it is nice, everyone will be outside.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are lots of international students at BYU and many more who are not from Utah, some of who are LDS and some who are not. There are lots of different races, but the large majority of students are still white Americans.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are huge at BYU and the fans are super involved. Football is important here, but it is not king, like at other schools. Many of our other sports are nationally ranked as well, like our Rugby team, basketball team, volleyball teams, and track teams.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: They have their own clinic and they are very cautious about safety policies.

5 College Senior

Diversity: We have students from 120 countries and more than half the students speak 2 languages! Need I say more.

3 College Senior

Weather: If you like variety in your weather, this is great! We have warm/hot weather in the fall and spring, and all the skiing you want in the winter!

3 College Senior

Transportation: Parking can be a pain depending on the time of day. They have good relations with the bus systems to get you to surrounding areas.

4 College Senior

Facilities: BYU has the second best college library in the nation which is open late, and great athletic facilities that are open from 6 am to 10 pm to accomodate students who want to work out, swim, play tennis, raquetball, basketball, etc. The opportunity to perform publishable research as an undergrad definitely sets BYU apart from most undergraduate institutions. As an international student you can probably find returned missionaries who served in your country and know your language and culture, which is also unique to BYU.

4 College Senior

Majors: As a civil engineering major, I think our program is very competitive. The quality of education you get here is on par with the best institutions, though are rankings lag behind actual performance. The curriculum is demanding, and the professors are all experts in their field, and for the most part very interested in their students. I have interned at the Idaho National Lab, Salt Lake City Public Utilities, and with a geotechnical firm in Alaska, and all were impressed with what I knew and felt I could contribute more than they expected.

5 College Senior

Academics: BYU is probably the best education you can get for the price anywhere. Setting price aside, it is a world class institution, with the second best college library in the U.S., top buisiness school and highly ranked law school, and great undergraduate education. One significant benefit to undergraduate education is the opportunity to participate in mentored learning and actually perform publishable research as an undergraduate, which is extremely rare for undergraduate education.


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The Clarillon The Clarillon The BYU Clarillon stands as one of the landmarks of the BYU campus. Every hour it rings out a tune from the hymn "Come Come Ye Saints."
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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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