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Reviews 4246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: An Exceptional Place – A wonderful place to get an education. It is tough; there are plenty of challenges, but it is worth it. Plenty of fun things to do if you get yourself out. Basketball and football season is always awesome. You can do so many new things here; I'd never pick anywhere else. It's unique from Tuesday devotionals when campus closes to hear a special speaker to the occasional prayer or spiritual thought in class.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a reason we have an honor code. Anyone who does do things like drugs or alcohol would be in major trouble. Good luck finding people who do this stuff.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Very busy around lunchtime and when students get out of class. Not many other options except in the Wilk except the cafeteria hall which is expensive, even if it is buffet/all you can eat. Vending machines are in most buildings and come in handy with your meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus in Heritage my freshman year. While it isn't technically freshman housing, mostly freshman live there. Most sophomores and upperclassmen go off-campus. Heritage is great, because you have a kitchen and close proximity to campus and the Creamery - no car necessary. Lots of fun activities. Helaman Halls is good for the more dorm-like experience with cafeteria and one small room. Wyview is way far from campus - hardly on-campus. But it is nice from what I've heard.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe and Sound – Occasionally you hear reports of attacks or crime, but it's pretty minimal here. They have plenty of lighting and emergency boxes to call for help. People are always willing to walk a friend home for safety.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nights in Provo – Some people would hate the idea of a perfectly sober school, but I couldn't pick a better place for me to attend school. No crazy drinking or other dumb/dangerous things. Plenty of fun games, sporting events, and people who like to have fun. There's always something fun to do on campus or great hiking nearby. Lots of outdoorsy things as well as concerts, bands, movies, and more.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winter + and – The negative to having a long winter here is that throughout most of the regular school year, its pretty cold. But the positive is there is great skiing nearby!

College Junior

Greek Life: Frats and sororities are against the universities policies. If you are in one, you could get kicked out.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They Like Dating – Most dress nicely, like to socialize, date often, and are smart. Not very much diversity. Relationships are a big deal and there are lots a marriages between students. There is a 'marriage pressure' there that really discourages some, but some just feed off it.

5 College Senior

Facilities: BYU is like disneyland... kinda... it's very happy and a positive environment. The people are very kind and considerate.

5 College Senior

Facilities: By far, this is the largest library I have ever seen. Don't be overwhelmed though, it is very organized and easy to find what you need. The library is set up in sections by topic so you just go to the area with the subject you're researching.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Fun and Safe Student Community – There is plenty to do in Provo and the surrounding area. There's all the usual stuff like bowling and movies. If you want outdoor activities, rock climbing, mountain biking and ski resorts are nearby. The entire community is very social and student friendly.

3 College Student

Transportation: I usually drive, but they do have a good bus system. Unfortunately it isn't free though.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I find it difficult to eat out often because of lack of money. The creamery is just a grocery store, which I get stuff to cook at my dorm.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – I love the honor code but, if you don't want to live by it, don't come here. The punishments are severe for those who break it and the rules are strict. No beards, no shorts above the knees, no smoking/drinking (even if you're the appropriate age)

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Of course everybody knows JIMMER! He's brought our basketball attendance way up this year. Football attendance is pretty awesome too. Other than that, the sports aren't super well attended. There are a lot available, but the crowds aren't large.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of 'Em – There are a ton of apartments available to students. On the downside, students are required to live within a 2 mile radius unless there are extenuating circumstances. As such, it's difficult to find the best priced apartments. However, all the places I've lived have an awesome atmosphere for BYU students.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Mass Aplication – The process for applying for financial aid is relatively easy. To be qualified however is another story. Most aid comes from academics.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is not very diverse at all. The reason is the nature of the school; it is a privet religious school. It is mostly white LDS (Latter Day Saints) who apply and are admitted. Despite the lack of diversity there are a lot of cultural influences that are incorporated into BYU. This is partly because the most of the students here have served LDS missions to foreign countries and bring back with them a love for the culture and life of those they served.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old but Fun – Freshman dorms at Brigham Young University are lacking in aesthetic appeal. They are very basic buildings made of cinder blocks. However, what they lack in looks they make up for in price and social interaction.

College Senior

Weather: Weather is weather. Anywhere you go, you will have to deal with weather. This is a poor question.

1 College Senior

Parking: There are just over 7,000 parking spots available to students. How many passes are issued? Just over 9,000. Does anybody else see the problem in this?

2 College Senior

Computers: Network Reliability and Speed – Or the lack thereof... I have been inside the main floor of the library and have not been able to connect to the wifi. The "no signal" zone is not just limited to the library, there are other places on campus that, if there is signal, the internet moves unbearably slow.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Security Control – the byu security is great. super friendly and always there when you need them.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's Just Okay – Not too much going on around campus at night besides individual parties and random events every now and then


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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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