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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have not yet had to have a job during a school year. Instead, I spend a fraction of the time I would spend working entering scholarships and essay contests, including those sponsored by my school. It helps to get involved with groups on-campus and talk to counselors about opportunities. I have won thousands of dollars to date, as well as placement in an all-expense-paid internship that could lead me to my dream job. Work hard now so you don't have to later! And live within your means. I have only a bike and cook all my own food, so I can live off of savings. It's a good life :)

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Code Is a Good Standard to Live by – BYU has a social contract known as the "Honor Code" that includes such things as dress and grooming standards, academic honesty, and curfews for visiting hours. Those who live by a high standard anyway have no problem abiding most of the rules, but others feel constricted by the Code. It is not very well enforced, though, because most of it deals with moral issues and no one wants to call a girl out of class just because her dress is a little short.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Lab in Library Is Crowded, Printing Stations Often Crowded, but Good Overall – The open-access computer lab in the Harold B. Lee Library is often crowded, although mostly just in between classes. The on-campus wireless printing is an ingenious thing; only a crunch in between classes and so handy! In all, there are so many computers on campus; it's very nice. I especially like the 10-min limit stations in every building.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The experience is relatively painless. You write three short essays and they act as the application for all the scholarships you are eligible for. Tips: have someone edit your essays and write something unique about you.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The RB is a great place for athletes and the student who just wants to stay in shape. The walk to the building is a workout on it's own plus the gyms and indoor track. The student center offers a theater, pool tables, and bolling. The Harold B. Lee Library is the second biggest university library in the nation and can get whatever you need through interlibrary loan. The library also has it's own unique special collections. Campus always has something going on. If BYUSA isn't hosting an activity there is a concert or play at the Harris Fine Arts Center as well as the Museum of Art. The mountains surrounding the valley are gorgeous! In the spring and fall they are great for picnics. In the summer they are great for a little air conditioning and the in the winter provide great slopes for skiing and snowboarding.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Police Beat – The safety on the BYU campus is unlike many other colleges across the U.S. Crime is almost nonexistent. If you look at the Police Beat section of the University paper (every Wednesday) the supposed crimes are hilarious to say the least. Students can request an escort home from campus from the campus police at any time. Security measures are almost stifling, almost.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Car, Doing Just Fine – I don't have a car, so I either walk or take the bus. Most off-campus housing is pretty near the school, so walking's not too bad, and buses go to the school from almost everywhere. However, after this year, BYU's not doing special bus passes, so I have no idea how that's going to work out.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Fun, but Not Really a "College Town" – You'd think that a place with two universities would have more of a night life. Everything seems to close at 10 pm here, and there isn't really anything that fun to do. However, if you're into concerts, there are usually pretty good ones at the Covey Center every now and then. Some pretty good bands come through Utah Valley University, too, and if you have friends who are students there, you can get tickets for as little as $8.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You Need to Know Where to Look – At first glance, there seems to only be fast food places and big chain dine-in restaurants, but if you know where to look, there are some really great little ethnic places. My favorite has to be Salvadoria on Center St. Awesome papusas, and really cheap, too!

2 College Junior

Weather: In the Spring and fall months have beautiful weather, but i hate winter here. Summer is bearable, but overall, it is too dry here. I prefer the more mild and humid weather

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: there are plenty of places to eat on campus and most of the restaurants serve good food, but i hardly ever eat on campus

4 College Junior

Academics: MFT Program – my program is very intense and rigorous but it is manageable and the staff are usually willing to lend a helping hand.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School Is Unique – I like the school because I'm in an environment that acts as a good influence. I can focus better. It's allows me to be challenged.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs? What Drugs? There's an honor code here at BYU and people get kicked out for stuff like that. So there's next to nothing drug related going on here, and if there is, you don't hear about it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Student Involvment – I'm not going to talk about team performance because we just gave up a game to Utah and that shouldn't've happened. But the students are pretty involved. Even though we are sucking right now, but we are still backin them up.

5 College Senior

Facilities: There are tons of Latter Day Saints at this school but there are also people of different faiths as well. BYU has an Honor Code that the students must live by, which includes a 12am curfew (meaning you can't be in a member of the opposite sex's apt after that time, you don't have to go home) boys must be clean shaven and no shoulderless shirts, or skirts that go above the knee can be worn.

2 College Senior

Parking: Not So Great – Parking is free but the lots you can park in is really far from campus so it's really not worth it to drive to school. Also parking in the city is awful too.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Awesome Peers – The people at BYU are generally friendly and nice. For the most part everyone is dressed modestly. Although many guys grow mustaches for No-Shave November, which can be pretty scary after awhile because not every guy looks good with just a mustache. People tend to get married young here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Happy Valley? Yes, they call Provo HAppy Valley, and really - it can be! I had a tough time adjusting at first to the high academic expectations, but you can find a really good group of friends here that will share your devotion to learing if that is what you want to do. You have to study, but you can do well with work. Jobs are easy to find, and there are quite a few fun activities close by for fun. There are great places to eat, and if you have a car you will never run out of places to go. If I could start over, I would try harder in my first semesters and get better grades. You are among really bright students, and if you are applying to a major try to start your GPA off right. The atmosphere is great, and people are really accepting.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Everywhere – Housing is literally everywhere around BYU. There are apartments, condos, houses, all within a good radius of the school. The only problems are that they fill quickly, so you will want to get ahead when looking for a place to live. Parking is not a problem as long as you get a parking sticker. Parking violations are strickly enforced. Cost is pretty good all around, but will be higher South of Campus. Average around 335 a month.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – BYU campus is a very safe and friendly environment. I have never felt unsafe. BYU has a very strict policy against violence, weapons, and alcohol, so there are very few disturbances.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking to Campus – BYU is a walking campus. On campus parking is limited to employees and faculty. The rest of campus must park in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk into campus. The campus isn't too big so it's ok.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Monticello Is Where It's at! Just south of campus there is a complex called Monticello. It has the most social atmosphere that I know of. There are friends that stop by daily and activities almost everyday!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Immense Library of Knowledge – The BYU libraries contain vast amounts of books and other research material. Whether it be researching the depth of outer space or the depths of the seas, The libraries here on campus provide the needed resources. Not only that, but the staff of students and employees are extremely knowledgeable in the workings of the library and become a very valuable asset to all.

3 College Junior

Parking: Grad student parking is really great. Undergrad parking is a joke, though.

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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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