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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Quintessential College Suburbia – Downtown is quaint and interesting, between campus and surrounding attractions, geographic features, etc. there's plenty to do. Not too far from Salt Lake.

5 College Senior

Facilities: So Many Campus Activities – There is always something going on through BYU. It's a town that is predominantly sober so they gotta come up with something better to do. From formal dances to sports events to murder mysteries to the stellar fine arts productions, there is never a dull weekend

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The Marriott School Is Competitive – Getting into the business management program is one of the most competitive programs on campus. There aren't too many pre-reqs but you need to do good in them to get in. Keep your GPA up and make sure your essay is amazing just in case your grades aren't the best. The application is really easy to fill out. Just remember, you want to stand out from everyone else.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code – The honor code is a great thing. All the people that go here sign the honor code and it creates a great environment. There are those that ignore it but they are usually at certain complexes so if you don't want to deal with a lot of that you can usually find out where not to live. The police are very understanding but do not tolerate drug use or underage drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The CougarEat is nice because it has a variety of options and 3 of them are actual chains. I've never eaten at the other places on campus because of the convenient location of the CougarEat and Taco Bell is cheap. The dining area can get really gross, but it is vacuumed every night. If you eat there PLEASE! be nice to the custodians and pick up your trash.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are a couple of malls with great shopping, the sports program is very popular, they're are lots of fun saturday nights places (like comedy places), and pretty much whatever you can think of. But if you're into drinking as a socializing, this is not the town for you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Sociology classes required more reading for one class than many people read in an entire year. Not only that, but you had to be comfortable with statistics and writing research papers as well as conducting research. Lots of opportunities for internships and/or participating in research projects. Smart teachers, hard teachers.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys and Gals – Guys are very good looking. Wholesome, but in a way that helps your appearance. Girls are the same way, no one looks as if they were doing drugs all of their life in a tattoo shop with an emo hairstylist.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Fun – The guys are really fun and nice. A lot of fun and pretty attractive too.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on Where You Live – There are a variety of cheap, low-end apartments and expensive, higher-end apartments, but it is still possible to find a nicer apartment for average price.

5 College Junior

Majors: The Science Programs Are Great – If you major in science, you get so many great opportunities. The majority of the students in my major do undergraduate research, which isn't common for undergrads at other schools. The school also has a nice science budget so we get a lot of the newer technology. There are also a lot of highly specific and technical classes that you will be grateful for in grad school.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing is more expensive than what you would find off campus, and it really isn't worth it. Off campus housing is actually closer to campus a lot of the time, and it is regulated by the school so if a landlord tries to rip you off or make you live in unsafe conditions, the school can get involved. A lot of freshmen think that you have to live on campus your first year, but you would have a better, more social, experience off campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Understanding – If you sign the honor code, you should be good. You know exactly what you can and can't do, but if you do get into trouble, they are actually pretty understanding. I've had friends do things that you think they would get kicked out for, but they just had to meet with a committee and sign a behavior contract.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some Variety – There is plenty of food available on campus, but the locations could use some work. Most of the food is found in the WILK or the Cannon center, with a few other small locations. For such a large campus, it would be nice to have more places to get food on campus. Luckily, meal plans are not required, and there is fast food directly across the street from campus to the North, South, and West.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Social Activities – There are lots of social activities around. There are several universities. Salt Lake City is only an hour away if you prefer a larger city, but there is a lot of shopping, dancing, and sports in Provo. The only thing lacking is alcohol, but if you were into that, why would you come to BYU?

3 College Senior

Transportation: I Guess There Are Busses – There are buses, but it is expensive. I would suggest buying a scooter.

5 College Senior

Parking: It is worth it to get a scooter at BYU. There are so many spots right next to the JKB. It only takes me 10 minutes to get to my class from my house.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere at BYU. Everyone is nice and there is always something to do. There are so many activities planned through BYU and throughout Provo.

4 College Student

Weather: Simply Beautiful – The campus here is ridiculously heavenly in the spring, summer, and fall. It gets a little cold in the winter but its nothing a warm jacket and pants can't handle.

5 College Student

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code – All the students know about the Honor Code and it isn't very hard to keep it. Basically, your dress and appearance must be clean and not revealing in any way, drugs and alcohol are prohibited, and no cheating or stealing. That's the gist of it. It is a simple guideline that makes everything work well.

5 College Student

Facilities: Gyms Here Are Amazing – The fitness center has all the machinery and dumbbells you could ever dream of lifting. There are multiple fields for football and soccer and plenty of gyms for basketball and volleyball. Its fun to get a bunch of friends together and go play!

4 College Student

Nightlife: "Stone Cold Sober" – BYU proudly holds the title of the #1 Stone Cold Sober college/university. Due to the religious nature of the University, this won't change anytime soon. I am really glad that BYU has rules against smoking and drinking because it makes the whole campus that much happier, and in my humble opinion, it makes the parties more fun.

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5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Modestly Attractive All Over – The guys and girls come from all over the world and all share the same belief that "Modest is Hottest." This is very much true, especially at BYU. You get a great variety of people and since everyone has their own opinion of what is attractive, there are people here for anyone.

5 College Student

Academics: Large Variety of Classes – There are so many directions you can take your education that when I first looked over my options for courses, I beamed at the fact that they had everything I wanted and more. The professors are very knowledgeable and challenge you to work hard. This has helped me develop valuable study skills.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Walking Is Easiest – If you can, live close to campus because the best option is walking or riding your bike. Parking is free but it is often hard to find a spot and parking lots aren't extremely close to campus, so it is often just faster to walk


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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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