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Reviews 4767 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Religious Aspect – BYU is a private university, open to members of all faiths, but created for the edification of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: BYU has an honor code which prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs. We are not permitted in the use of addictive substances, and there is little to no peer pressure here to take any, since students know of the honor code and factor in that knowledge when they chose to attend BYU.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Student Activities – BYU has many opportunities for the students to mix and mingle. Institute is held once a week, where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints get together and have an opportunity to meet the opposite gender. There are formal dances twice a year, and causal dances very often.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Obey Honor Code – The Honor Code is of utmost importance at BYU. It is expected to be followed and you must sign that you will when fist admitted. But I am grateful because it's what keeps the school a safe and clean place.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Unfair Assumptions – In my view, BYU is unfairly thought of to be white Mormon kids. While there are a lot of those, there is also a variety of different ethnicities, more prevalent than assumed. And I believe there are more members outside of the LDS church than known about as well. It is, after all, a private school with amazing tuition rates and valuable education.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: No Complaints – I didn't use the labs too much but when I did I never had a problem finding a computer. Most people have their own and WiFi is available everywhere so it's really nice and convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You Can't Pay for Better – It isn't just the great events going on every day and every night. It isn't just the fantastic devotionals and forums they host every week. It isn't the beautiful campus or so many kind people. There is something unique about Brigham Young, a peace and respect that encourages education and fun. There is balance here.

College Sophomore

Parking: I Am a Biker – I bike to and from school, I never see a problem with parking though.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Variety Each Season – Brigham Young University is always competitive. The athletics here are varied in event and competitive level. Anyone can play any sport because there are so many intramural teams. And attending games is always a blast.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Great in the Summer, Cold in the Winter – The above pretty much sums it up. There is serious chance of losing parts of exposed limbs due to frostbite while walking, but the classrooms stay warm.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Oh Yeah, No Doing Anything Too Stupid Here – It's strict, but that's the way I like it. The strictness, by the way, is much more about what you do than what you believe. Don't come to class drunk or you'll probably get booted.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Good, but Could Improve – I love BYU, and there is a culture of accepting and caring for people of all backgrounds and paradigms. I do think it would be difficult to be GLBT here, what with the emphasis on marriage and family, but besides that folks are for the most part loving. There are good people of all religions, ethnicities, and political beliefs here, and I haven't seen any cases of rejection based on these points.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms/Off-Campus Dorms – I love the freshman dorms at BYU but can't wait to try off-campus housing next year

5 College Junior

Facilities: Diversity at the Y – One of the biggest differences Brigham Young University has is the Honor Code. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it usually isn't too different from normal life. For outsiders, the rules barring drinking, premarital sex, profanity, piercings, and facial hair would be appalling. At the end of the day, however, BYU is a very bright campus, free of cigarette buts and beer cans, with students clean-cut to match. The Honor Code is something that has provided BYU with a very safe atmosphere, every student knowing that we have made a commitment to a better life and a higher standard.

2 College Junior

Parking: To be honest, I have never parked on campus. I walk fifteen minutes to get to class every day, but all I hear about is how long the lines are and how impossible it can be to find a parking place at BYU. There are huge parking lots here, but it seems like eve the bike racks will get stuffed to breaking. Between the faculty and the students, we fill up every available space near campus. You either need to go early or walk to be to class on time.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There is a lot of excitement at BYU over the basketball and football seasons. Our very own Jimmer Fredette was just drafted into the NBA! There are tons of intramural teams for every sport, lots of courts and fields, and plenty of freedom to be involved. The only reason I would not give us an A+ is that we are getting whooped this year in football.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: BYU is set apart by it's high standard of conduct. Every student who attends signs the honor code. And every student works hard to uphold that code. One of the school's first presidents, Karl G. Maeser, established the foundation for our, "word of honor." Each student agrees to live a virtuous and honest life. We promise to abstain from drugs and alcohol. We promise to live a sexually pure life. We promise to be honest in all academic work. This gives rise to the fact that our testing center is the largest in the US and Canada. The reason why? As students, we give our word of honor that we will not cheat. Because of this high standard of personal integrity among the students, the facility is large enough to administer thousands of tests at a time, trusting students to uphold that honesty. Our word of honor extends into our daily living as well. We promise to keep a comely and modest appearance. For women, this means high shirts and long shorts and skirts. For men, this means a clean shaven face and belts on those pants. :) We abide by housing visiting hours, which means at midnight on weekdays and 1:30 on Fridays, no single boys and girls in the same apartment. I believe the goal of our honor code is to accomplish BYU's motto. Enter to learn, go forth to serve. As we respect others and ourselves by keeping this high moral standard of living, we learn discipline in our daily lives. WE start to treat others right, and to gain confidence in ourselves. Respect leads to love and love leads to service. Perhaps that is why BYU is "The happiest" campus around.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The 5 Seasons of Provo – Provo Utah, home of BYU, is nestled along the benches of the Wasatch mountains. As such, the students enjoy all diversity of season and activity. Utah is so diverse in weather and geography that you can enjoy most any activity within a 2 hour drive. The canyon provides hiking, climbing, biking, repelling and much more in the warm months, and skiing and snowboarding and all winter-sports in the snow. Jordanelle reservoir, just 10 minutes up Provo Canyon is an excellent boating venue, and Utah lake is just 20 minutes away in the opposite direction. The weather gives way to all fashions too. In the warm months you can sport all manner of shorts and sandals, while the dry winter gives way to cute layers--scarfs, hats, sweaters, gloves, and boots. All seasons bring fun into Provo. Just watch out for our fifth season which seems to exist through all the others. The season of construction. Though it does not stop residents from moving about, the constant construction in Utah does slow the streets down a bit and makes the Provo resident wonder if Orange Cones are a permanent addition to the scenery. :)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is important for bringing the community together over a nice meal. In Provo, the options are diverse and satisfying. Three main streets take you to far away dining spots, and local streets provide a way to drive or even walk to local dining spots. There is Chinese, Mexican, Fast Food, Italian, Japanese, Australian and much more. Provo town Center STreet provides more unique places to dine including Sammy's and La Dulce Vita. Though very different in cuisine choices, these two little food stops share a unique sense of self and welcome for the community. Sammy's plays 80's music in a little ocean decorated shop. They serve famous pie-crust shakes and fries. La Dulce Vita is the jewel in the Italian cuisine, a little pricy but well worth the cost to enjoy a delicious Italian meal nestled in a quiet happy corner of the main street in town. One stop you cannot miss is Provo's Brick Oven, home of the traditional Pizza, Pasta, and Salad Bar. Brick ovens may rooms and booths provide a fun atmosphere to enjoy a meal among the great smell of fresh Pizza baking and the warm atmosphere of red brick walls. Don't miss out on the frosted Rootbeer!

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its pretty simple to find any and every drug you want here. Its harder to find alcohol than it is meth. The kids on here are putting on a front that this school is all goodie goodie, its not. This schoool really knows how party, i love it here.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Spirit of Improvement. So far my experience at BYU has been very uplifting. There is a great environment of respect and honesty on campus. BYU students are determined to study hard and be diligent in their studies. This is something that has encouraged me to be more competitive in order to succeed in my education. I would choose BYU again because the Honor Code that we as students sign makes of Brigham Young University a place to grow academically as well as spiritually.

4 College Junior

Parking: I do not have a car but when I have borrowed my friend's car it has been easy to find a parking spot. I think BYU campus has plenty of parking spots. Most of the time having a car is not necessary since all of the on and off campus housing are really close to campus, so we can just walk.

College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – Since I started my education at BYU I have never lived on campus housing, just off campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although it is nice to have your own form of transportation, how the BYU campus is set up, it is a want not a necessity. With everything located within walking distance of everything and with so many food options right on campus, or even a grocery store most people don't even need to leave.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Living in a Great Area! Provo offers numerous off-campus housing selections for it's students or just people. With selections for students, non-students, families, elderly, there's something for everyone. With parking spots for each person and reasonable costs! There is always a place for you and even if you aren't enrolled in BYU, living on the BYU off-campus housing is a definite great idea!


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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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