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Reviews 4210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good but Slightly Expensive – There is a large selection of restaraunts on campus and the prices are reasonable. I think it will feel out of date soon, but for now it works. The cafeteria is new, clean, nice and the food is good. BYU did a great job with the atmosphere of the cafeteria so that it doesn't feel like a cafeteria, but I think it is slightly over-priced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Honor Code, Abide It – Everyone who goes to BYU signs an Honor Code, stating that they will live a certain lifestyle, including not drinking alcohol or being in the bedroom of members of the opposite sex, etc. People make mistakes, and BYU recognizes that and helps people fix their problems. First time offenders are usually not kicked out of school (unless it is something extremely illegal). However, they are strict and hold people to the Honor Code that they signed. I think that is great. If people make a promise, they should keep it. If you aren't going to abide the honor code, go somewhere else.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Boo Snow – I am from California. As a 7-year-old, somebody had to tell me that snow didn't stop after Christmas. When I moved to Utah, snow became my least favorite thing on this planet. I hate driving in snow and I hate walking through it. I hate getting wet and cold. All that said, BYU keeps the sidewalks decently cleared, and classes are rarely impacted by it. The rest of the year, it is beautiful and mild. I love BYU campus in the spring, summer, and early fall.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics at BYU are great. I am always hearing stories and reading reviews where BYU is at the top in accounting, the sciences, etc. etc. I am at BYU for the Elementary Education program, and I think it is decent. I don't see it as exemplary, but I see the programs my roommates and friends have been in. Those seem absolutely great. My general classes have all been top notch. Overall, most classes have a positive atmosphere and good discussion.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It Is the Atmosphere – No, not everyone at BYU is nice and friendly. No, not everyone is a good example of a student or person. But, I have never been to a place like that, and I am not sure there is one on this planet. Overall, the students, faculty, and staff are kind and helpful and want to work toward the success for all. There are opportunities for employment on campus, which helps make the experience more complete and more fulfilling. The academic experience is challenging, but not killer and it is very rewarding. There are many opportunities if you are looking for a study abroad or internship. The social atmosphere is wholesome, fun, and inviting to all kinds of people. The school has plenty of services right there on campus, with computer labs everywhere, a great bookstore with clothing and computer sections, bowling, a few nice restaurants and decent dining options, an outdoors store, plenty of free museums that are great for students and for their families when they come to visit. The campus is well kept, and very beautiful. I love BYU, I am so glad I am here, and couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

1 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Provo Parking Is the Worst...At Least You Don't Have to Pay for Campus Parking – Parking is horrible. Towing companies and booting companies practically prowl every parking lot. Every apartment complex needs stickers to park, or visitor passes. There is usually some space on the streets in the evenings, but don't expect anything close to campus on the streets during the day. The BYU parking lots aren't the most conveniently located, fill up quickly and closely watched, but at least the BYU police are somewhat reasonable in fines and waiving fees.

I have driving and trying to find parking, so I just insist on living close and walking. Others get bus passes, which aren't too bad of a deal.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Good for a Freshman – Dorm life was near pivotal for my freshman experience. The social atmosphere is generally positive, the cost is reasonable, and the overall experience is great. Although I had friends in Helaman, and they generally enjoyed it, I highly preferred the Heritage dorms. As an upperclassman, I have liked living off campus, but as a freshman, the dorms are your best option socially and for convenience.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a problem at BYU because students are forced to park blocks away in order to avoid parking tickets. The online registration is extremely helpful if only students could park closer to campus.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Clean Fun – Nightlife for students attending BYU is a fun, clean experience. As a result of strict standards, drinking and drug problems are little to none. Students enjoy wholesome activites.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Many Accepting LDS Students – Although there are many LDS white students attending BYU, students with different ethnicities and religious beliefs are included and accepted. What is intersting about BYU is that every student is united in purpose. Many are attracted to the high standards and positive morals BYU has to offer, reguardless of race or gender.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Make Your Own Experience, or You Won't Enjoy It – Most out-of-staters are upset at the new culture they find on BYU campus. They feel coddled and bossed-around with all the rules. However, if you want to have a good time, get involved! There are lots of clubs and cheap events. Take as many classes as you can handle, especially language courses, because BYU offers more than most schools.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Fair Bus System - Not Free to Students – There is a pretty good public transportation system throughout Provo and Orem, as well as options to reach Salt Lake City. Students may get deep discounts on bus passes, but they are no longer provided free-of-charge. Biking is a problem - there are hardly any bike lanes. Parking is a nightmare for undergraduates, although it is free.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Limited, but Well-Maintained – BYU keeps a tight watch over their off-campus undergrads. Students may live only in pre-approved units within a certain radius of campus. Advantages: landlords are held responsible to maintain a high living standard. Disadvantages: Costs rise constantly because student numbers fluctuate, but housing availability is concrete.

5 College Junior

Computers: Wifi Reaches EVERYWHERE on Campus – Not only are there labs with public computers available throughout the large campus but bringing your own laptop on campus is a great option because of the fast and easy to access WiFi circulatng just about everywhere at BYU.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! I love it here! its amazing, the way you can feel the spirit in classes(even science and occasionally math). Its amazing to me, and after a small junior college in California its wonderful. my teachers don't swear anymore.
You'll have a hard time if you don't like the honor code. I personally wouldn't do the things listed on the "don't" list, so it doesn't bother me. I actually really like it because it contributes to the spirit of the campus and to the caliber of people who come to BYU.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is spastic. Most of the time its nice, but if you don't like the weather wait 5 min, seriously. It'll change.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – Students at BYU are required to follow the honor code. Each Studentt is required to sign it. if you break it, you get punished. Since you agreed to live by the honor code when you signed it, that seems fair to me.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am unsure of how the health and safety on Brigham Young University's campus is as I have not quite finished transferring there yet.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Prim and Proper but Out for a Good Time – The people here are all trying to look and be their best. People are pretty up tight and proper, but at the same time, out to have a good time. They are the church going types. There is not any alcohol, drugs or pre-marital sex allowed on or off campus, so the social life is different then it is at other campuses. Students still socialize in a lot of fun ways that are safe and moral. They do a lot of crazy things because there is not much to do around provo, so people get creative. There is never a boring weekend.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Universal University – Students from all over the globe come to BYU. I had a friend from Kenya who was actually Indian living in the dorms with me. If you name a country, there was most likely someone from there. Not everyone who attends BYU is LDS and not everyone was an A student in high school. Brigham Young University lets in as many students as they can accomodate and teach. BYU has a very diverse student body.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A Good Solid a – On-campus housing is awesome. There is such a friendly atmosphere and it is very social. The dorms I stayed in were organized very well with the best Resident Advisors avaliable. Plenty of options were accessable for games and socializing and getting to know other people. All you had to do was walk out your door and there was almost always someone to talk to. The Cannon Center was a good place to eat with plenty of food options. Services were obtainable easily and it was a great experience. The only things against living in the dorms is that it costs more than off-campus housing and you have to buy a meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Surrounded by Life – Brigham Young University is surrounded by the life in Provo. There are so many things to do and see there and it always seems to be busy with friendly people. Some of the various places to visit are the University Mall, Brick Oven Pizza, and Classial Skating. There is so much to do in Provo and it has all the essintials needed for the students and the people living in Provo.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Anything and Everything – Off campus dining is great around BYU. I personally do not like to eat out because I try to save money that way. I like to cook for myself. Usually though on Fridays I'll treat myself and it has been fun looking for new spots to eat.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Just What I Need – I usually eat at the on campus Taco Bell whenever I do eat and it always hits the spot. Also the BYU Creamery and fresh breads are amazing. I always get a hot bread and honey butter when I need a snack.

3 College Junior

Academics: Psychology: One in a Million (Almost) – I recently found out that my major is the most graduated in major at my school. It helps me understand why I often feel like there is no feeling of camaraderie among psychology majors; there are simply too many of us. I like the professors and feel like they care about me, but the classes are often times very large.


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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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