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5 College Junior

Academics: The professors at BYU work to make sure basic principles are understood and applied. The workload is sometimes heavy but beneficial. The classes and curriculum is challenging and definitely leads to academic success.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Amazing and Strict at the Same Time – The BYU Honor Code can be considered strict to some, as it adheres to standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, it promotes health, soberness, modesty, chastity, honesty, spirituality, and respect. Those who fail to follow the Honor Code are seriously disciplined, which can include expulsion. I'm not against that however; the honor code has strengthened me in both personal and spiritual ways.

My only beef against the code is the lack of beards, and the dress standards are actually slightly stricter than those mentioned in the Church pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. Overall, however, I'm am deeply satisfied.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It's What You Make of It. I have fun with my friends doing a large variety of things. Others seem to be bored and unable to enjoy themselves. I think it just comes down to what you want and your choice to make it happen.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Too Hard – The tuition cost for BYU is one of the lowest in the entire country. BYU makes note of and offers scholarships to students with a high GPA. The application didn't really take long for me to complete, and there are full of instructions to help.

If you want some financial aid directly from the school, you'll need to maintain a very high GPA. Upcoming freshmen will also need a high SAT or ACT score and some extracurricular activities. Or you could become a huge athletic star and perhaps BYU will pay you to join their team!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: All Are Welcome – While most BYU students are white and have a strong pioneer background, I have seen people of all ethnic backgrounds. I myself am Latino and have seen other Latinos, as well as those of African, Asian, Polynesian, and other ethnic backgrounds.

Since BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is a popular destination for LDS people, as the campus atmosphere adheres to the Church's beliefs and principles. However, people of all religions are invited to come to the school, as BYU does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, and other backgrounds and viewpoints.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Brigham Young University has an amazing academic program. The school has a wide variety of majors to choose from, each of them requiring an vigorous study of the subject, both in and out of class. However, the instructors and teaching aids are always there to help the students out whenever they struggle. BYU is committed to have every student reach success while promoting honesty and effort.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some New and Some Old Housing – BYU Housing offers a variety of choices, all located relatively close to campus. For freshmen, some of the dorms have recently been refurnished or rebuilt; however, some of the dorms are old and showing signs of wear and tear. I prefer the newer dorms, which are close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Variety of People and Activities – There is such a diversity of people and activities that go on at Brigham Young University. People from all around the world attend this university, and it is fun to build friendships with those who come from a different culture than yourself. There are also a numerous amount of activities that take place on or nearby campus daily. Just up the Provo Canyon are several camping sites, areas to hike and picnic, and river rafting as well. Salt Lake City is a lively place if you're looking for some excitement, and is conveniently only forty-five minutes away. Temple Square, Energy Solutions Arena - home of the Utah Jazz -, and the City Creek Mall are just a few of the many attractions found in Salt Lake City.

4 College Junior

Computers: Good Connection, but Some Basement Hallways Don't Have Wi-Fi – Most students have their own labtops because the campus has great wi-fi. The only down side is the basements of some buildings don't have wi-fi in the halls. So, if you're planning on studying in the basement floors of some buildings, make sure your study material is accessible off the internet.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are always fun events to go to and things to do whether alone or on a date or just hanging with friends, you can easily find something that suits everyone's taste.

5 College Junior

Academics: I have felt completely satisfied with my classes, never felt limited. and the professors have always been great.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict for a Good Cause – It is strict from a religious stand point, because we are expected to live the highest standards of moral conduct. These rules are what make the campus so fun and safe.

5 College Junior

Academics: Very Secure – I enjoy my major and feel supported by staff in all my endeavors.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I have always felt safe, and that there are many helpful people to turn to if anything came up.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – The Honor Code is strict but great. Students need to dress appropriately and have to even be clean shaven before entering the testing center to take an exam. This makes our university stand out among the rest. We hold the bar up high and expect nothing but excellence from each other.

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.

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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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