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Reviews 4210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The thing that makes BYU unique is that it's a church run school. So most people are LDS. So most people on campus have the same belief and values so someone who isn't LDS may feel a little out of place.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – I love the people at BYU. They are so much fun and I've had a great time. The social life is great, the education is excellent and it provides great life experience.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Night Life – I think the nightlife in Provo and Salt Lake is wonderful. But those who drink, etc. wouldn't be so pleased. But for those of us who don't drink, i think it's a wonderful. There's a ton of attractions and places to go to hang out.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There aren't any sororities or fraternities at BYU (except, of course, some academic ones such as Phi Eta Sigma).

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived at Wyview Park which is further from campus (so, a longer walk) but you can get a bus pass if you'd like. A meal plan is not required with this housing, although you can sign up for one of those, too, if you'd like. These are fairly new, only 3-4 people per apartment (only one shared bedroom per apartment), and because you do not need a meal plan, the cost is next to nothing. The apartments have plenty of room, and there is a BYU Creamery within the complexes so you have a close spot for groceries. There is also a cheap BYU Laundromat within the complexes, so you don't have to take your laundry very far at all. This is by far the greatest option for Freshmen housing - if it weren't mainly Freshmen now, I would definitely still be living there.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Best If You Don't Own a Car – UTA bus system is great in Provo and Orem, but depending on the bus route, the frequency of the amount of buses traveling varies. The cost is great if you buy a pass and you use it a lot. If you don't, it's not worth the money. Transportation is pretty convenient, but usually not completely necessary if you live close. Bus systems are the way to go if you don't own your own car.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Free permits-you only need to register online. However, there are different kinds of permits where you can only park in your designated parking permit lots (A, Y, C, G etc) Fines are decent, but the parking police are like lions on the hunt-you WILL get caught! The way they check the parking is great new technology. No need for a car to get to campus if you live in the student apartments-most are within a few blocks, and the bus system is great in Provo. Finding a parking spot is okay, but it depends on the time of day and where you're trying to park

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Snazzy Restaurants and Fast Food in a Hurry – The Student Center has a lot of fast food places in the Cougareat, so it's nice to stop by if you're in a hurry. And at lunch time they have grab and go's open so service is even faster. The other restaurants on campus are snazzy and fun, but still a decent price. There is a large variety of foods to choose from! Also, there are plenty of really nice vending machines with healthy options and you can pay with your student card. Microwaves are available in every vending machine room.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Spiritual, Social, Academic – Every week their is a spiritual devotional to attend. BYU requires 14 religious credit hours and each class is very uplifting. There are many opporitunities to meet new people by attenting different clubs or parties. The professors are very supportive and enjoy what they are teaching.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BYU has the greatest atmosphere ever. The students and professors are kind and respectful to eachother. Although the academic side hard I've learned alot and feel very prepared for the future. I love the social aspect too. There are many opportunities to get involved.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Private Religious School – The majority of BYU students are member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The student body doesn't have alot of ethinc racial diversity, but there is alot of acceptance to all ethinc and racial groups.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I've found for the most part that the parties here are pretty lame. If you're super outgoing and super Mormon then they work for you, and they can be a lot of fun, but just hanging out with friends are equally as fun. School sponsored activities really aren't great either.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safest Campus Around – I definitely feel safe on campus, and even off campus. Provo is a great city because there's little to no crime, and people even leave their doors unlocked when they're just stepping out for awhile because we have that much trust. Nothing happens on campus, and police and security are definitely well-staffed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The History department is predominantly for those who are either law school bound or PhD bound, consequently it is incredibly competitive. If you're looking to become a high school teacher, you go to the History Teaching major. It takes a lot of motivation to really excel in the history major because you need to take the initiative and get involved. You need to approach the professors on your own, start up projects on your own and prep for conferences that you need to find. If you talk to professors they'll help you, but research is really stressed here, especially if you're thinking about going on to Graduate School. The professors are great, incredibly informative and knowledgeable and you won't get a better experience anywhere else.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's an adjustment, but it gets better – I give it a B because your first semester will most likely be either really good or really hard. For me it was a really hard transition, especially when you're one of only a few mormons in your high school. It takes awhile, but eventually you do find your niche, you just need to get involved.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Difficult, but you get a lot out of it – I'm a History major, and by looking at other schools and their history majors, there is a huge gap in between them and BYU. Classes are difficult, but very fun if you have the right professor, and professors are always encouraging you to get involved in research. They provide you with many research opportunities so that you can progress. You do have a choice with professors though, you can either leave class and not get to know them, or really talk to them and you'd be surprised how much they're willing to help you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: LDS Standard of Living – Students are not allowed to engage in any alcohol or drug use, as it is against the Word of Wisdom in LDS doctrine. Basically, if you read the BYU honor code, you will find that any worldly behavior such as sexual relations before marriage will lead to expulsion from the university. If you go to lds.org you will be able to find the beliefs of the LDS church, which is what the university follows as their moral code. Many find it strict and suppressing, but those that go there have agreed to follow those standards by signing a contract, so very few find it limiting on what they can do for social activity. In fact, the standards set for the students increase their ability to excel academically.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Exemplary LDS People – The majority of people who go to BYU are LDS, and those who aren't sign a contract stating that they will follow the standards of the LDS Church or they will be expelled from the school if caught engaging in activities contrary to the moral system that the university upholds. Almost all the men that are going to BYU are either married or looking to get married, making dating a priority among all the student body. There are many activities that offer social interaction among students, and most promote dating and interaction with the opposite sex. The men and women on campus must be clean cut with no extreme looks, making a rather uniform look among all students.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Spots, Tough to Get Into – There are many housing offers off campus at BYU, but in order to live off campus you have to be in BYU approved housing, which limits where you can live. The nicer places offer private rooms, but they are more expensive than shared rooms: about 100 dollars more a month. Utilities are cheap when split between roommates, but at the Chandell condo I was in, the maintenance was really poor. A lot of the places offered are older buildings with really old, energy inefficient appliances that often break down. The neighborhoods are very nice, and a lot of activities are put together for people in the neighborhood to participate in. However, if you don't get an early start on looking for a housing contract, you won't find one, at least not close to campus.

4 College Student

Athletics: We Are Awesome. Students are stereotypically peppy and involved, and there are plenty of games to watch as well as intramurals to participate in.

1 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Fast Food. Period. The only things close to campus are fast food choices which are not healthy and rarely appetizing. But of course they are cheap, so if that's all you want good for you.

3 College Student

Weather: When it is cold or wet, it gives me the desire to not go to class. However, classes are still always held.

4 College Student

Facilities: All of the facilities on campus are 100% accessable to all full time students.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Strict, but Fair – BYU's honor code is incredibly stringent--the dress & grooming standards even discuss how long one's hair can be--but it never feels very restricting. It's simply in line with what I already do, with a few little restrictions in addition to that, restrictions that I don't really mind at all.

5 College Student

Drug Safety: Due to BYU's honor code, my whole year at the school I saw no drugs, alcohol, or any similar illegal activity. The same was true for the surrounding area of Provo. (While Provo is not entirely a Mormon community, the LDS population holds an overwhelming majority.) This made my year at BYU much more fun, much less stressful, and I always felt safe and happy.


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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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