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Provo, UT
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28,338
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$4,710
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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: You get every season of the year here down at the Y. The one thing I would say is be prepared for anything. Some years we have 6 months of snow, and others we have none at all.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Over half of the students here have their own laptops. This clears up most of the crowding in computer labs. BYU has top-notch computers, including multiple labs in the library, and across campus. Also, they pay a lot of money to get super fast internet. The reliability is wonderful and printing is a bit more than I would like, but you can find it quite cheap if you know where to look.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hard Work but Tons of Fun! If you come here, be prepared. Classes start piling on work immediately, and it is definitely a couple of steps above most universities. However, if you are willing to work hard and don't fall behind, this is one of the best experiences of your life. You have wonderful professors, a beautiful campus, and a great student life. I would recommend it to anyone!

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Typical Activities and Attractions – BYU is really the main attraction of Provo, Utah, and while the businesses do cater to a younger crowd, there's not much in the way of arts or culture. However, the music scene is quite strong and gaining momentum. Provo is really a college town and is full of college aged students who are creative about their recreational activities. It's a very average town, not particularly unique. The people come from all over the country and the world for BYU, so it can be interesting some times. It's very mellow, as small cities go.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Affordable Decent Housing Available – Living on campus is really only for freshmen, so there are tons of options for off-campus housing that is affordable and the apartments and houses aren't that bad. There is lots of BYU Approved housing all over Provo and Orem and most landlords are fair and understanding.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's dry, and very hot during summer and downright abysmal in the winter. I don't like snow, but if you love snow then you'll be okay.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – BYU campus feels so safe I may be in danger of feeling too secure. There is very little crime. Students leave their belongings unattended all the time with very little problems. All the walks are very well lit, there are no drugs or drunken partiers to cause problems.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Community Support – Provo is a very family friendly town: water park, malls, quaint and quirky shops, community events, low crime rate. Since BYU students are generally very respectable and law-abiding the community is very supportive of them, a lot of local businesses give student discounts and families hire students to teach music lessons, babysit, etc. The entire community gets behind BYU sports in a big way. BYU hosts a wide range of cultural events that are also well attended by the community.

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Mostly Self-Regulated – BYU has a strict Honor Code requiring high moral behavior but in general students regulate their own behavior. I think it is very rare for a student to actually be disciplined for an Honor Code violation. The students who come to BYU know that a high standard is expected both morally and academically and are generally very self-motivated, goal-oriented students so there really isn't a lot of need for administrative action or campus police getting involved in a lot of incidents. This actually makes for a very up-beat, fun atmosphere since students feel safer and generally have a greater satisfaction associated with their academic and social lives.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Not Too Bad – Regular student parking permits are free, but you have to leave plenty of time(15-20 min) to find a good spot if you want any of the closer parking spaces. Even if you have to park in the farthest lot, it's not too bad. There is a lot of housing close to campus so unless you live beyond the bulk of the student body or you just hate walking you're likely not going to need to worry about parking anyway. First time tickets are around $20 and increase with subsequent tickets.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: An Experience With Real-Life Value, in the Ways That Matter Most. As an older, returning student, I chose to go back to BYU because it was such a great experience the first time. There are lots of things that make BYU unique but one of my favorites is the Y-serve organization. BYU logs more service hours and humanitarian work than any other school. This is a reflection of the overall atmosphere of helpful, kind people. BYU also sets a very high academic standard. I have heard many transfer students remark about how their BYU classes are much more challenging than comparable classes at other schools. With a degree from BYU I know I can feel competent and even have an edge in the real world.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Social, Inexpensive, Fun, Convenient – You can very easily live in campus housing with everything within walking distance, lots of social interaction. The Wilkinson Student Center has just about everything - bowling ally, game center, movie theatre, barber shop, student counceling, service organization, restaurants, student bookstore/ convenience store, and more. Lots of on campus activities, many for free.

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Hipster Central – BYU is filled with hipsters. And by that, I mean college students that want to try to be as unique as possible while still abiding to the standards of their religion. You'll find people in the average thrift store outfits, eating organic food, talking about their favorite bands that no one else knows of. They're the type that will spend more time talking about all the unique and crazy places they've traveled, and how unique and creative their future plans are, when ironically most can be found still living in Provo even after they've graduated. Not only is it hard to date this type, but provo hipsters are difficult to even find attractive. In less you are attracted to the type you can't relate to at all.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There's No Fan Like a Cougar Fan – The sporting events at BYU are super fun to attend! Cougar fans are enthusiastic and always supportive of their team. On game day, you'll find seats filling up quickly, with everyone wearing the school colors of blue and white. While there is a competitive vibe in the air, cougar fans are always respectiful and enthusiastic! Go cougs!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Awesome – I can only see the sports from a fan view,but what I have seen is pretty stellar. At Brigham Young University, we believe that the sports programs are carriers of our values to where we play. We play with honor.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students at BYU hold themselves to a high standard and as such, they look more clean cut and put together. Additionally, they are brought up in good, respectful families so they are very easy to get along with and are very supportive. They're a very attractive group of people who wont take advantage of you.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't Lived Off Campus Yet – I can't give an actual grade or answer for this because I have yet to live off campus, but I know from what my brother has experienced, although they may be a little pricey depending on where you're located, the social life makes it all worth while. My brother lived at The Colony this past semester and absolutely loved it.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although BYU is a wonderful place with many friendly, welcoming people, the fact of the matter is, there just isn't very much diversity at BYU. Being of Asian-Pacific descent, I do have to admit it was very different attending BYU after attending very culturally diverse grade schools, but I do think things are changing. Compared to what my parents have described in their day ( my mother was one of two Japanese students at BYU), the cultural diversity of BYU is beginning to grow. There are many programs that help to stimulate and support students of differing ethnicities and cultures, and BYU is working very hard to get more ethnic students in attendance with such incentives as scholarships, etc.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Only Way to Go – My freshman year was incredible. The most fun I have ever had in my entire life. Every night was a party. I miss those days so much. No worries about cooking or fun or friends. I mean, it was hard to get a lot of homework done... but it was incredible. Helaman Halls were clean and sponsored tons of activities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Great Scholarship Options – BYU gives many merit based scholarships. There are GPA and college based (if you have declared a major) scholarship options every semester for four years. There are also more options to be found in the financial aid office. The scholarship application is fairly easy and highly rewarding.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Many Options – There are many options for housing close to campus and cheaper options that are older or farther away from campus. Parking can be tricky close to campus so make sure you know what your options are. Very safe area in general.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Limited Parking, Bus, Car Rental – There aren't many options for undergraduates to park, but there is a new bus system that goes to several locations around the campus and drops you off by school. You can also participate in the Hertz car rental program.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather at BYU varies. In one day it can go from snowing to sunshine in just a few hours. Make sure you check the weather reports but make sure you check it hourly too. It didn't snow too ofter this year but it did rain often. Otherwise it was sunny and beautiful. Keep in mind you do have to walk a lot on campus so dress accordingly if you get hot or cold easily.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Harold B Library – The Library at BYU is pretty neat. You can find everything and more there. The student facilities will help you achieve everything and more that you need.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Survival of the Fittest – Brigham Young University's Athletics are awesome. There's always something to go and watch. The students there are very supportive of all the events that go on at the campus. There's a definite sense of school spirit.

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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
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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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