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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Fast Food – There are a ton of fast food options just down the street. Pizza places are all around town and most deliver to campus. There's some pretty good dine-in-restaurants including Tuchanos, Pizza Pie Cafe Chili's.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Something's Always Going on – Provo's great. But that's coming from someone who's lived here their entire life. It's quiet, not alot of parties, but people are always doing something. There are alot of comedy shows on campus and off and Salt Lake City is an hour away. The ski slopes are close by and Provo is just a great place to be.

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College Freshman

Academics: Math Education – It's my frist semester in college so I haven't really jumped into the major yet and I'm not sure if it's what I want to do.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Winter = Wet Feet – BYU is right next to the mountains, so in the winter it's a giant ice ball! It's pretty cold, and if you can't park on campus you will get pretty chilly. Classes don't suffer from the weather, just your feet!

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Over Rated – I don't care for sports at all, and when there are football games you can't park on campus even if you are registered to park on campus and the whole entire city backs up with traffic. You might as well leave town or stay inside all day.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Find Your Clique – I think the guys and girls/trends are pretty cliquish. The typical guys in the summer is flip-flops, board shorts, and a polo. Girls are supposed to be modestly dressed, but a lot of them find ways around it, short skirts, leg-ins, etc. If you look different you will definitely get looks. Depending on what your major/department you are in there are usually styles as well. I just don't care and wear whatever I want.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Good Luck – Night life at BYU is only possible if you are not in your apartment. So, in the winter you better hope you have a lot of gas to keep your car running, or that you have someone's house to go to, because campus housing, on and off, has strict curfews.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bring Your Lunch – Food is very expensive on campus. For poor college students, I can save more money by going to Costco and paying for a $150 membership for a year and buying all my food there and then bringing it to school.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Find the Secret Labs – In the Herald B. Lee Library the computers are 99% PCs. There are some media centers where the computers are Macs, but they must be scheduled in advance online. My secret: go to the 2nd floor of the HFAC, south-east corner. There is a huge Mac computer lab, open to any student, all day long with the entire Adobe CS5 Suite. You can also go to the print-lab down the hall, and right across from it there is a room with brand new Macs, awesome quality and HUGE screens. You can log in any time there is no class, and they even have awesome video editing software.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Walking or Biking Is the Best – There are many transportation options at my school. Of course, you can always drive, but the parking spots are so far away from class that it is much faster and convenient to bike or walk. The buses are very expensive and while they can get closer to class than the cars, they are still not the best option. This applies even when it is extremely cold and snowing.

College Junior

Greek Life: There are a few Honors clubs such as Phi Eta Phi that are found on campus, but that is the extend of the Greek Life here.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I hate to basically copy the example, but it is so true. Most of the students here are white. There are numerous international students that you can see around campus, but 95 students out of 100 are Caucasian. While these ratios are very unbalanced, as far as I have seen there has been little discrimination or intolerance of the racially different or international students.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There Isn't Any – To attend Brigham Young University, students must sign an honor code stating that they will not use drugs or alcohol.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Not as Expected – It pretty much sucks except for the academics which is very good here

1 College Senior

Diversity: Its Not Diverse at All – BYU diversity is just fake diversity because even if they are of different races, they are all LDS members, so its a fake diversity. There are a quite few international students who are not LDS and its tough for them.

4 College Senior

Academics: Pretty Good – The academics here at BYU is pretty good. It keeps you a lot busy than expected. There is always something to do even if you take just 12 credits

3 College Freshman

Athletics: the football team is not doing well this year, but I'm not into sports.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Food Around Is Too Expensive – there are good grocery stores, but it would be nice to have a wendy's or some other place that is cheap.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very Strict, but Necessary – There is an honor code, if you do not comply with the Honor Code you will be subject to disciplinary action. It is absolutely necessary.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people are wonderful, the most friendly I've ever met. And they have very noble interests, dress, the social life is very reserved and they maintain themselves focused on why they are at college

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are great places to eat, especially the Creamery on 9th, a grocery store as well as a great place to eat a quick hamburger or ice cream cone

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There are no costs to students to receive a parking permit, but parking is horrid. Also, public transportation for those who do not have cars can be VERY expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We Abide by the Honor Code – As part of admissions into BYU, you are to commit to the Honor Code. Smoking, drinking and drug use are NOT allowed to students and if caught, are grounds for expulsion. The Honor Code makes for a great learning and social environment where everyone can feel safe, happy and healthy.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Student Life – There are many opportunities to serve around campus, which I appreciate. There are plenty of free activities, like dances and the International Cinema. Sporting events are very popular, as well are the various comedy troupes: Divine Comedy and Humor U.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: This is a very religious campus. Most of us are of the same denomination. We have weekly religious devotionals, most of which come from faculty. A lot of students attend. It is a private school owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Because of that, things trickle into almost all aspects of campus life. I love it.


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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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