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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Student

Campus Strictness: Honor Code Is Serious and Is Treated as Such – Drinking/using drugs and alcohol is not allowed. Period--offenders are strongly punished. Finally, a dry campus in fact as well as name! Breaking the honor code in any way--including making love to someone you are not married to--is serious and will result in serious repercutions.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless Internet – There are plenty of computers, and if you bring your own the WiFi is good most of the time, but there isn't always reliable internet access off campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a Church School – BYU is a LDS-run school. Therefore, most of the people who come here are LDS. But we do have a fair mixture of ethnic/racial groups and people have varying political beliefs. Sexual orientation isn't necessarily discriminated against, but a lot of people are ignorant, which can lead to painful incidents for both parties. Many students are working towards changing this.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Lots of Different Options – There are plenty of bike lanes to ride your bike on, and the campus is very biker-friendly with bike posts all over. Many people drive cars too but there is limited parking so most students just walk or ride their bikes. There is a regular, reliable bus schedule for anyone needing further rides.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: BYU has an incredibly fast internet service where both non-students and students can tap into wirelessly. There are student computer labs all over campus but during the middle of the day it's really hard to find a free computer unless you know the random hole-in-the-wall labs that most students don't know about.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strictest Campus in America – The Honor Code that ALL students are required to sign have rules like absolutely NO drinking, NO drugs, NO sex before marriage, NO overnight sleepovers with opposite sex, NO immodest clothing, NO extreme clothing or hairstyles. And BYU enforces this very well. One basketball star player couldn't play for a whole season just because he had sex with his girlfriend, breaking the Honor Code.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Provo Is a Bubble – Provo itself where BYU is doesn't have a whole lot of fun things to do, but there's definitely good food and TONS of frozen yogurt shops. There's also a lot of hiking/camping/outdoor activities because of how close the mountains are. There's also some small music venues downtown.
If you like nightclubs/alcohol though, this is NOT the city for you.
Salt Lake City is just about a half hour from Provo and you'll find anything you want there.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Can't Complain – I'm not sure how BYU compares to other universities, but we have some variety of food and good fast food stops like Subway and Taco Bell on campus as well as some university owned eateries like The Creamery which has good food.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Variety of Apartments – Off-campus housing offers you a variety of either expensive or cheap housing. There are places with private and shared rooms as well.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: No Worries – I never worry walking around campus alone and the crime rate is one of the best in the country. There is only one place you have to avoid and that is the Provo River Trail.

5 College Junior

Computers: Labs, Labs Everywhere – There are computer labs in almost every building of both Macs and PCs. It is always possible to find a computer somewhere. WiFi is also available across campus and there is both protected and visitor WiFi so it isn't a problem if you decide to bring your laptop.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I have only tried to park at my on-campus apartment. It took me 15-30 minutes of driving around to find a parking spot! Parking is free, but it is a pain to go anywhere because you worry for the rest of the time, hoping you can get a spot! I usually walked anywhere I needed to go.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Always Helpful – I have not had much experience in my college, the McKay School of Education, but so far I am impressed! There was a day around registration that I was trying to figure out how to apply for a class. When I went to the main office, the workers knew exactly how to help me and I was able to get into the class!
The only hard thing with this major is that people call it the "mommy major." If you decide to go into education, be ready for your fellow students to roll their eyes!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Applies What We Learn to Life! I knew that BYU was a prestigious school, but I was not expecting it to stretch me and challenge me as it did. After only a year, I have learned to think for myself and question before I blindly accept what I learn. The majority of the professors I had were interested more in how I apply the knowledge, rather than making me memorize facts. They care that you remember something from their class and that they make an impact on your life. The education you gain at BYU is more than just knowledge, it is applied wisdom!

4 College Senior

Majors: Easy to Get If You Work Hard – I had a very competitive pay rate compared to other friends at other universities. I worked full time and had an awesome experience. Remember that internships are not a prerequisite for a job (most people seem to believe this). Instead think of it as a dry run to a career. Try and do as many as possible so you can narrow down what you really want to do the rest of your life.

3 College Senior

Majors: Choose What You Love – I would have done a different emphasis. I was not happy with how broad the finance emphasis was. However, they have fixed this by offering a Finance degree starting May 2013. Just do something that you love not something that everyone else is doing.

4 College Senior

Majors: Strict but Easy Enough – Its all about talking to an adviser early on. There are a lot of classes that are required before you can get into the Marriott School of Management. Once enrolled you have to take more prerequisites before you can declare a major.

4 College Senior

Majors: Great School – I loved my program. I would say to prospective students that the best thing to do is wait and declare your major/emphasis once you know what you REALLY want. I am a finance emphasis who should have done marketing. It is not the biggest deal in the world. The internship prep and career placement is amazing. Great school to attend

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on What You Like – There are very many options for off campus housing it just depends on what you want. If you want a private room, close to campus, a big apartment, or new apartments you will have to pay more money for each thing. So depending on how big your budget is, you can usually find somewhere that you like.

3 College Student

Weather: Utah is sometimes known for having weird and unpredictable weather, so if you live off campus and walk or ride your bike to campus make sure to always carry an umbrella in your bag and make sure to have boots and a good coat just in case it snows. The weather doesn't really affect the campus experience that much because there isn't very many things outside that would be cancelled or ruined by the weather.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code – BYU is known for having a strict Honor Code which includes absolutely no drugs or alcohol, no sex before marriage, do not go into the bedroom or bathroom of the opposite gender, modest clothes, curfew, and no facial hair in the testing center. There are many other rules that similar to the standards of the LDS church and BYU is very strict in keeping those rules. For the more serious rules you have the potential possibility of getting kicked out of school, but you know the rules when you sign the honor code, so if you don't want to keep those rules then I would suggest not coming to BYU.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Only a Few Good Options – In one of our largest buildings we have a food court which I like, but the problem is that most of the students go to only two of the many options because we don't really like the other options. So if you want your favorite food then you will have to wait in a long line, so I think it would be smart if they replaced the less popular options with ones that students would like to eat at.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Low Crime – Besides some bike thefts the crime on BYU is generally pretty low. The campus is fairly well lit, except the hill south of campus. Avoid the river trail late at night and you should be good.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hit and Miss With the Girls – A large chunk of the girls at BYU are way to focused on their studies and school which can make dating difficult, they have no time for a social life. There's also a lot of Zoey Deschanel wannabes which works out ok because they get together with the BYU hipsters.

3 College Student

Parking: If you don't need a car it's better not to bring one... Parking is hard to find. I never got a ticket and when I didn't have a car I did fine.


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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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