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Provo, UT
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28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Student

Athletics: BYU has a very devoted fanbase, but I feel like the athletics department gets too much of a focus. There are great facilities for everything that needs to be done - especially a fantastic football stadium.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Provo Can Be Fun, but It's Expensive to Do So. Provo is definitely a college town, and there can be a lot to do. The downside is that you need a fair amount of money to do any of it. One great thing is that there is a lot to do in the mountains nearby - plenty of outdoor activity. Salt Lake City is also close, and there is a lot to do there.

3 College Student

Transportation: The problem is that the school doesn't really provide any transportation. It's all part of the city's public transportation, which is not the best I've seen. The parking rules are rigid, inflexible and all parking lots are packed. Walking or riding a bike to school is best, but that's just as much of a pain since the campus seems to be a giant hill and since it's so big, it takes forever to get anywhere.

College Student

Drug Safety: No Way Jose – I imagine there are definitely students who use drugs, but it's a well-kept secret, seeing as the school asks the students to abstain from drug usage. If a student is caught using drugs, they are reported to the Honor Code police and dealt with from there. They could possibly be suspended or even expelled.

College Student

Nightlife: Hardly Even an Option – If you want to be a student at Brigham Young University, you have to adhere to an honor code, which includes not drinking alcholic drinks and refraining from drugs. There are a few clubs to go to where alcohol isn't served, but they're rare. The school provides activities, as well as the congregations that students attend.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: Everyone is really nice and there is no drinking or smoking which is awesome!

5 College Student

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – I have never felt unsafe on BYU campus. The police are right on campus and there when you need them. I have only heard of small theft on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – If you decide to come to BYU, you're agreeing to live by the Honor Code. If you think thats too strict, BYU isn't the place for you.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of BYU's student population is white. But, I don't think that this is a problem. Many different races, ethnicities, and many countries are also represented on campus. BYU's lack of "diversity" is not a detriment to the school, it simply means that more white students apply and are accepted here.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not Applicable – I've never lived in off campus housing, but all options seem fairly close to campus, safe, clean, and fun social environments.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The school is great. The professors are awesome and the atmosphere is very friendly and comforting. Plenty of majors to choose from, but classes are tough. Plenty of activities throuhgout the year and plenty of service opportunities. There are forumns/devotionals every week which are really uplifting and there are planty of athletics to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its Alright – Not too many choices but what there is, is pretty good. Fairly expensive but hey when you wnat to go out there are places to go

4 College Freshman

Facilities: plenty of gyms and athletics of all kinds. Library is huge and the campus as a whole is really taken care of and beautiful all the way around. Lots of places to study in every building and is constantly being upgraded. There's a planetarium, aquarium, and animals. Plenty of places to eat and a comfortable atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking for students is FREE! When I first started at BYU you had to pay $30 or something pretty low but now it is free. With this comes ease for money for those with a car but also a little bit of complex for the amount of parking. Though, I personally have not had any problems with finding a space that really isn't too unreasonable. On campus housing and graduate parking are often the best parking situations.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Environment – Living on campus, especially as a freshman is a great experience that I highly recommend. Most people in the dorms are freshman, and as an upper classman can be a little awkward. There have been a lot of upgrades and renovations for the dorms in the last 10 years and still continually being upgraded.
The wards are fantastic, so close and tight nit. There are always friends to do things with and social events that will keep your social life in a positive manner. It is not surprising to see people throwing a frisbee, football, playing basketball, building snow caves, and movie nights outside in the warmer nights.
The housing staff is always supportive of you and your circumstances.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Absolutely Unpredictable – You never know when it's going to rain, shine, or even snow around here. The weather usually doesn't bother me, since I'm inside most of the day, but when it's nice and sunny, it's beautiful and makes college life all the more bearable.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Attractive and Modest – The Honor code keeps everybody within certain bounds of a dress code. The girls vary quite a bit in personality. Several of them are there just for the sake of getting married. Most of the guys have been to other places in the world on behalf of the church and thereby have lots of stories to tell.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Never That Busy – I've never had a real issue finding a computer to use if I've forgotten my own. The Wi-Fi is usually pretty quick, but it does have it's moments where it seems to not want to work. But those times are few and far between.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good Variety, but Expensive and Repetitive – Certainly there are a lot of choices at the CougarEat, but you can't help but cringe when the register pops open. And there's only so much healthy food there that makes it hard to feel good about yourself after you've eaten.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very Calm and Conducive to Learning – It's a very nice place to be at any given time. There's always something to do (although you may not be able to afford it). There is certainly a lot of opportunities to go out and spend an afternoon. The mall isn't very far at all, and has several outlet stores to occupy your entire day.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging, but Effective – The professors are really good at getting you to do hands-on work, which makes the learning process superior. However, sometimes the ideas taught seem like busy work. But for the most part, the program is effective in teaching the necessary skills to be an Engineer.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict Honor Code – If you mess up royally on the honor code, you are royally outta here. Just don't be stupid and mess up. That's why we come here - to be in a good environment, so just be good.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Easy to Find, but Expensive – the price gets inflated because everyone wants to be close to campus, but what are ya gonna do? Most landlords I've encountered are very nice and willing to help.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – We are kind of in a bubble - rated #1 stone-cold sober school for I don't know how many years, the worst crimes I hear about are stupid freshmen. Just don't be stupid.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fun and Inexpensive – Provo is cool. There are lots of places to go for little or no cost which makes going out friends fun and enjoyable. Also, many fun things are within walking distance so it saves on gas money!

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Caitlin Bronson
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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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