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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Too Religious – People are generally nice. Because of the LDS church'es teaching, almost everyone is constantly looking for a date. But surprisingly there are rarely any sexual activities going on. People generally look nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: High Academic Quality – Lots of professors are Ivy-League educated, and many students are smart enough to compete with students from other top notch schools. Classes are very demanding, and it really pushes you to study harder because every class is curved. But professors are very willing to help. Research and publication opportunities are available for undergrads.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Everything Is Awesome. This school rocks. There are endless activities in which to participate, and plenty of people with whom to socialize.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: This is a place of learning. Professors are here to help the students, to give them direction and fill their heads with knowledge.

3 College Junior

Weather: It snowed in May. Twice. Weather in Utah can be snowy, sunny, rainy and stormy all in a one-hour period. The summers are very hot (90s-100s) but everyone sits outside and it's really social. The winters are very cold (single digits). They never cancel class for anything...except Pioneer Day.

College Junior

Greek Life: BYU has no Greek life whatsoever. There are no sororities and no fraternities. Everyone is equal.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are hundreds of computers all over campus for students to use. Printing is inexpensive and there are always printers wherever you need them. There are printers in every on-campus dorm building. There is wi-fi that covers all of campus and it is easy to connect. Many people don't bring a laptop with them because there are a lot of open computers.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: When in Rome – The partying is very tame (which is just fine for me). Because of the very high religious influence and the harsh regulations of consumption of alcohol, there is never anything wild on campus, and even off-campus it is rare. There are dances and dry clubs, but if you want a party school, you should go somewhere else.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dare I Say Not Enough Dining Halls? Provo is a large enough town that there is some real variety in dining options, from mom and pop restaurants to chain stores to nice, sit-down restaurants. However, to get to those, you have to completely leave campus. On-campus dining is fairly limited, which can make it hard for younger students or people who don't have much time in between classes and need to grab something.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: You Are Safe Here – Brigham Young University is a very committed, religious school, and it really shows in the people on and around campus. There is a surprisingly high ratio of campus police per student, and since I've been there (a few years now), there has never been any kind of serious securite issue.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – Coming to BYU, students agree to an honor code. Certain lifestyles, clothing styles, hairstyles, and many substances are not allowed. Signing the honor code is choosing to live a certain way, a wholesome way. Also, the police are pretty tough about parking.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Several Options – At BYU there are a couple of options for on-campus housing. I picked Wyview. It was a little far away but not too bad and the price couldn't be beaten by anywhere. The furnishings and apartments were in great condition and felt very comfortable. There's also plenty of off-campus options if the on-campus housing happens to get filled up.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: All Sorts of Things Going on – Around BYU, there's plenty to do in Provo, Orem, the Salt Lake City area, and the surrounding mountains. For the outdoor types there is biking, hiking, skiing, etc. all within an hour or less from campus. There's always theater and cultural events going on. On campus there are clubs for all sorts of interests. There's never really a lack of things to do. In fact, it's easy to be so involved in a variety of activities that it might even be hard to manage all of them.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: City Bus Is Great – You can get anywhere you need to go with the public transportation. Parking is limited for cars and bikes. Unfortunately, buses don't run late at night.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Heritage Halls Is the Best on Campus – Heritage Halls is the best option for on-campus housing at BYU. You get a full kitchen, a grocery store in the complex, and it is just across the street from all the classroom buildings. Most people end up sharing a bedroom in 6 person apartments, but the price is good.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Student Center – The Student Center at BYU is really good. It has everything right there-restaurants, bookstore, computer store, candy counter, and even a movie theater. All the college advisers and those there to help the students are located there, except for those affiliated with certain departments. It is kept very clean, and there are great activities going on almost all the time, from talent shows to dances. The only thing to improve would be to add more seating to the eating area.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Flexibility, Depending on Your Plan – I had a flexible dining plan and could eat anywhere on campus, cafeteria, or smaller cafes. Student Center has a basic mall type food court, but the smaller cafe type options are better. Lack of international food choices makes it a little monotonous sometimes, but nothings is every really bad.

5 College Student

Facilities: I love BYU! There are so many activities where students really do have a blast, but they are sober at the same time! I loved the Homecoming True Blue activity. The academics are really good and so are the performing arts. Basically everything rocks.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Students dress modestly and well. A lot of girls wear skirts to school. The guys are very clean cut and not afraid to ask girls out. There are a lot of serious relationships. I know tons of people who get married every year.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There is tons of off-campus housing. It is great because you can sign contracts just for your bed so you aren't stuck with extra rent if a roommate moves out. The apartments are close to campus, nice, and a great community. I've never felt unsafe.

5 College Student

Drug Safety: Brigham young University has an honor code which strictly prohibits drinking, smoking, and any and all forms of drug use. If a student tries to carry out these kind of practices they definitely don't make it public.

4 College Student

Computers: Up to Date, Campus Wifi, Lots of Labs. Computers are frequently updated. Campus-wide wifi makes having your own computer super convenient as the computers can get over-crowded (though not horribly) at critical times. There are many labs across campus, so if you really want to look around you are sure to find one somewhere.

5 College Student

Academics: Secondary Music Education – I am studying music ed at BYU. I am extremely satisfied with the program there. The staff is qualified and invested in the success of each student in the program. They are always willing to meet after hours in order to be of service.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not so good..Provo is a deadly night city. Nothing goes on after 11pm unless you are making it happen. The only club is studio 600 which is great. If you want some of the great dancing places you'll have to go up to SLC.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great Sports – Student sections at BYU are awesome, and the teams at BYU are generally good and usually in the top 25. Honor code is strict for players, but it just adds to the integrity of the school. Tickets are cheaper than other colleges. Non-athletes have great access to facilities.


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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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