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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Academics: Exercise Science Forces You to Work Hard and Provides Oportunities to Get a Head Start Into the Field. Exercise Science at BYU is difficult. There are so many great students competing with you and they force you to work hard but they are so kind that together, with your classmates we can all succeed. BYU provides so many opportunities to help you get job experience. The faculty is great and provide opportunities for the students to get undergrad research experience. Also there are a lot of places around in Utah county up through Salt Lake area who are so willing to work with BYU students, due to their past experiences with the school and students, and to allow them to work under then and learn hands on in the field.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: BYU's full of overachievers, so unless you get near a 4.0 it's pretty much impossible to get a scholarship as a continuing student. The system's well set up though, scholarship money just goes into your student account where tuition and other fees get charged to. Generous need-based aid is also available.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: If you've kept up with college basketball in the past while, you know that BYU had Jimmer. Our rabid fans spawned a huge craze that swept the nation, and that enthusiasm continues--even without Jimmer. The student section is always loud, on their feet, and in true Cougar blue. I've seen earplugs being handed out because the students are so spirited. While we don't always win, we've got solid teams in all areas.
Intramural sports are popular as well, especially ultimate frisbee. The athletic facilities on campus are top quality and are free for student use. Students can also sign up for classes like yoga, zumba, swimming, racquetball, etc.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Dedicated Faculty – The professors I've had so far have been incredible. I'd walk out of lectures just trying to let what I'd just heard fully sink in. Some of the classes I've taken have changed my worldview. BYU's got faculty from all different walks in life--and some gave up jobs that were more prestigious and well-paying to come teach.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BYU is not very well known outside of certain circles, but many do not realize how incredible BYU is. We have one of the only Supercomputers in the country that isn't government run or owned. We have the largest foreign language learning program in the entire U.S.A. The religious education here is pretty fantastic, but of course it is biased in terms of educating or representing the LDS (Latter-day Saint) perspective. We have a great Law program, although small, here. Great sports programs with national awards and well recognized programs, although they've been cut since Title IX. On campus housing is all being redone and it's great! There isn't really a party scene per se here, after all we have been rated the #1 stone cold sober college/university in the country for I don't know how many years in a row, but it is an amazing place if you try to experience the BYU education. I love the Tuesday 11am Devotionals/Forums where the entire campus shuts down to go hear a famous speaker make an address of one kind or another. That's one thing I'll miss when I leave because they are so uplifting or inspiring but also informative.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: BYU is a religious institution owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so most who attend are LDS (Latter-day Saints) or Mormons. However, BYU does have the largest language program in the country and so there is diversity here. Student population is about 36,000 students of all ages, although they do tend to be younger in general. There are a fair number of Middle Easterners, Asians, and Pacific Islanders who attend but not a huge number.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap Compared to Other Top Universities but Average in U.S. The housing options are varied in and around the University. A lot of old stuff, but newer construction is all around, so in a few years there should be a lot of really nice, newer condos or apartments. The newer stuff is of course more expensive ranging in apartments for a single person $375-$500/month, and condos $650-$1000/month. You can find places as cheap as $250/month, but I wouldn't want to live there myself. Most places are centrally located so you are either within walking distance to campus or other events, or can you easily access public transportation. The only thing the city of Provo and Brigham Young University are short on all over the place is parking though; so if you have a car, expect to fight or wait for parking spots because they are in demand!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party It up! There are buses around but I usually get around with my roommates if we go anywhere fun. There is usually always somehthing on campus to do on Friday and Saturday nights. The dances are so much fun!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Heritage Halls, All the Way! I love the Heritage Hall dorms! It's fun, the lobbies are such a great place to hang out and be with friends. It does get expensive, but what dorms don't? It's close to my classes, it was pretty easy moving in, and the people are great!

3 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless on campus isn't always terribly reliable but for the most part, very convenient. The printers have gone down a few times but they're usually back up pretty quick. The networks are quick and reliable, the computer labs are well kept and easy to find.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Atmosphere – The Atmosphere on campus is wonderful. Given the strict honor code, students live up to a certain standard of living that you cannot expect from other colleges or universities. This provides a environment that is conducive to learning, as opposed to partying or 'living it up'.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a great variety of dining options. For the cheapest, there are vending machines everywhere, and most options are under a dollar. The Cougareat has a wide variety of dining options available, along with many discounts available for those that look for them.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The student athletic center is pretty nice - a useful amount of weight and cardio machines. The library, of course, is awesome - great workers, tons of resources, lots of study space. There are lots of campus activities to get involved if you want to!

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs everywhere, and it is easy to find a computer to use. The computers work well. If you want a computer at home you'll need to get your own (or rent one from the school), but you can get away with just using the libraries/computer labs on campus if you want.

5 College Junior

Academics: BYU has a fantastic business program. It is has a highly competitive, ranked undergraduate program and a fantastic MBA program. As an undergraduate newly accepted into the program I have had numerous resources at my disposal. Orientation and mentor course help you to get your footing in the school and connect you with professionals in your desired emphasis. Professors and faculty are knowledgeable and always willing to help students. There are also many clubs to join and opportunities to build your resume during the semester.

3 College Student

Parking: Permits are free, but most parking is off campus. I have often been walking a mile to get from my car to my class.

5 College Student

Drug Safety: None, ("Stonecold School") – We have been rated the #1 Stonecold sober school in the nation for years on end. It's against our honor code. Some people say that it sucks, but I love it. It might be fun, but it's really not the best thing to do, mentally, or physically.

5 College Student

Facilities: Campus, in General – Campus is simple awesome. From the practice facilities, to the buildings' architecture, I love everything about it. The Library is definitely one of the campus highlights. The glass atrium is simply beautiful, and the archives are rich. It is an all-around perfect place to be!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Strict – There are NO DRUGS and NO ALCOHOL anywhere. Period. Also, you're not allowed to be in the same building as someone of the opposite sex past midnight. VERY STRICT.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Zero Tolerance – There are no drugs or alcohol allowed on campus, in the housing, or anywhere in sight. If you use either one, you're expelled.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Tons of Fun – The athletic centers are HUGE and mostly open access. The library has been named one of the best and most beautiful in the country. Lots of crazy fun campus activities. They even brought a ferris wheel to the campus one time.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Don't Do Anything Stupid – This place is great if you don't want potheads, drunks, and less than savory people. If you're caught breaking the honor code, you're disciplined or expelled. Be prepared to be on your best behavior here.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – Campus police here are hypervigilant. You never feel threatened here. People even leave their doors unlocked all night long and very rarely have things stolen.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everything here is geared toward students. The starving student card gives you discounts to just about everything that Provo has to offer. Salt Lake, just 45 minutes north, has an international airport, tons of concerts and museums, and LOTS of great food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freakishly Nice – Everyone who goes to school here is freakishly nice and courteous and social.


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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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