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Reviews 4767 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: All Around Solid – BYU's facilities are good, they have everything you need. Campus has plenty of places to study at a desk, but if you want a quite place with a nice soft chair on your own you might have to try a few places before you find one open. All facilities are of good quality and provide what you need without much flare

3 College Freshman

Computers: Nothing Special, but Can't Complain – Network is reliable and has good speed. Plenty of wireless access and printers (black and white or color prints cost the same). If you don't have a computer you might end up waiting a bit for a computer to open up, but normally only a problem during certain times of the semester. Laptops, you may have the occasional problem of finding an outlet to recharge, but normally you should be fine

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Clean Campus! We have a strict code of honor on campus and abstaining from drugs and alcohol is part of that

5 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities on campus are great! I always have access to everything that I need.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Enjoyed It – I would choose this school again mainly because of the people I have met. There are lots of people who share my values and interests. The professors, in general, are phenomenal and really work with you. BYU is a great environment.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food – On my budget, I don't go out to eat much, but there are some great places, most of which have some claim to fame. There is a great variety of restaurants and the cost is generally reasonable. The best places include J Dogs and Cafe Rio.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors, Good Programs – I have absolutely loved my professors and there are lots of program opportunities. I came because of the accredited programs and the study abroad opportunities. The professors are almost always happy to help with course work and show sincere interest in your improvement.

3 College Junior

Weather: Snow will never cancel classes. It can get tricky walking to classes, but you'll gt used to it. It can be one of the most beautiful places in the country during summertime.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is very pretty. Some of the buildings are older, but there are always new ones being built. You can always find some nook in the library to study or hang out.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It Grows on You – Provo is a small town with a lot going on. It can be pretty tame and you may hate it at times, but you'll stay. There's something unique that you'll miss if you leave.

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?


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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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