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Reviews 4235 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Our church standards don't allow us to use drugs or drink alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Is Where It's at – Football is where it's at. The stadium is completely packed for every football game. Students where their game-day t-shirts and there is lots of noise. Sadly though, the other sports don't receive as much attention.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I Did Not Live Off Campus – I did not live off campus my freshman year, and only ate off campus very few times.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Tons of Cultures – Since it is a religious school, a huge majority of the students are LDS, which I enjoy enormously. I feel that the student body in general is very accepting of those who are not of the LDS faith. There are a lot of "white" people, but other ethnicities are abundant on campus. There are always cultural events going on on campus that are easy to become involved in.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: This University is beautiful, inside and out. The grounds are extremely well kept, and all the buildings are in great shape. Some hallways in the older buildings are a little cramped in between classes, because there are students sitting against the wall while others are trying to get to their next class. The library is awesome. I love it!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Every Professor is very helpful. Though the curriculum is difficult, there is always someone there to help you, whether it's a TA, tutor, or a study group. Classes are very enjoyable, especially the religion classes.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Plenty of Snow – It definitely snows a lot on campus, but the Grounds team keeps the place in tip-top shape. My only worry during the winters are the slick patches of ice near the library that are almost never salted. It can be scary to slide when you're in a hurry to make it to class on time. The bus system gets behind schedule when it snows overnight, which is irritating when you need to get to class. Once Spring comes, it is the most beautiful campus in the world and everyone socializes outdoors.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Best Option. There's a bus route near most student housing. It's easy to take the bus right on to campus. Students can buy a year long bus pass from the University for $120, and if you use the bus every day, it definitely pays for itself in the long run.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There's plenty of parking...if you work for the University. Student parking lots are kind of far from campus, and it's not guaranteed you'll get a space. I have to take the bus to get to classes on time, because it's tedious work to find a place to park.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Campus Life and Style – So at BYU we follow a very conservative dress code. clothes that are modest, that cover the shoulders that come to the knees, there are no beads or mustaches. There are no piercings nor are there visible tatoos. the style is mostly long to the knee shorts and polos and tees in the spring. and in the winter and fall there are alot of jeans and puffy coats. mixed in with a lot of BYU swag.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is great food on campus. I never had a meal plan, but I sure eat on campus. From the vending machines, to hot affordable breakfast's its all amazing. Alot of the food options come from local vendors, and BYU has their own brand as well which makes it really nice knowing my milk came from local cows.

1 College Junior

Computers: Never Enough! The computer labs at Brigham Young University are tiny. For as many students there are, there are definately not enough computers to go around. As soon as you enter the lab located in the library there is a line for computers which can last anywhere from 10-60mins. but always a line, well except right now, it being spring semester. It is very mandatory to have your own computer/laptop when you go to college!


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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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