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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: More Need for a Computer – The computers in the library at BYU are usually crowded, especially during busy times of the day, but the computers are fast and reliable. Many of the professors are becoming more digital, and the need for a personal computer is becoming more great. I used to not have one, then realized I would need one to keep up with the assignments. However, wireless access is great.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Strict, but Fair – I am a transfer student in the School of Music. The competition is very healthy and the university is quite strict, which leads to a very good education. Transfering credits can be tricky at times (especially in unique circumstances), but all in all the professors are fair and excellent.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus Is Very Strict – If you get caught breaking the honor code: that agreement you have to sign before being admitted to the university; you will be kicked out of the university.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is hardly anything known as nightlife on BYU's campus. There is always that feeling that nothing is going on. It is hard to find fun and excitement at night and perhaps life in general on the campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Reasonably Safe – Generally most students are safe on campus. However the state is notorious for sex offenders, so it is usually advised that people do not walk alone at late night, especially females. I usually feel safe on campus and off-campus in the daytime but at night I feel safe when I am around people.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Safe and Secure – I really like the secure atmosphere at BYU. With this, though, I can't let my guard down because there have been several instances of rape on campus, so I make sure not to go anywhere alone, especially at night. Other than that, this is such a great campus with a great student center and I wouldn't go anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Free Zone – The school policy prohibits alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances. Anyone caught faces disciplinary action.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good Coverage – I feel as though all sports are given pretty good coverage in the school papers and activity announcements. I have had the opportunity to watch many of the sports on the university TV channel

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Mostly Mall Food Court – The main dining area is very similar to a food court, a very clean food court. I do enjoy the variety of choices from sandwiches to Chinese even some ice cream for desert.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Well I ride a scooter and there is always parking for me right up by campus! The students with vehicles are not so lucky.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Cheap and Nice - How Is That Even Possible? Living on-campus was an amazing experience for me. I got to know so many people and the on-campus housing I was living at was actually fairly nice apartments. I enjoyed living there very much. The best part was that they were way cheaper than anything else you can find in Provo for the quality that they were.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We Have It All – I love the library. It is awesome! You can really focus in there and get the studying done that you need. The sports are amazing. Our crowd gets way into it. The professors are great! I have loved all of my professors so far.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Because BYU is a private religious institution, there is not a lot of religious diversity. However, there is a vast racial diversity because students literally flock to BYU from all over the world.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants Near Campus – There are so many great places to eat near campus. Center Street offers a wide variety of ethnic diverse dining. For economical dining, there are several fast food restaurants on the west side of the campus. But there is no need to go off campus for fast food, the Wilkinson Center has a great variety of fast food restaurants.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There are few places in the world like it. Students here love that there are very few bad influences and that there is a lot of clean fun, and very little pressure to go against what they believe.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Considering the morals BYU requires its students to live by, hurting recruiting, the athletic programs are great.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of restaurants nearby. Many are very unique, well priced and have good food.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Better With a Car – On campus transportation is unnecessary, but once you get into town a car is, not required, but extremely useful. The bus system is apparently not bad, but to the uninitiated fairly excruciating.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Concerned With Looks – What can I say? We're Mormons. The girls are, for the most part, pretty, modest and concerned with their looks. The guys are also concerned with their looks (relationships and marriage are very important here).

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I Have No Idea – I really have no idea... occassionally I see a Greek sign or a frat sign.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Night Life Is Different – The nightlife in Provo is very different because of BYU being a church school and the strong LDS influence in the area. But if you're considering BYU then you probably know that. That being said I have a lot of fun here, I do a lot of outdoor stuff.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The student facilities here are very good. The weight room and pool are great and relatively easy to use (aka they are usaully pretty accessible). The Wilc is a great central area for students. It had a bus stop out front and everything from a barbershop to student us computers inside. The library is great. I haven't found a better one anywhere I've been. The only think I would improve is accessibility to the library. You can only enter the North doors and it can be quite a walk to get there if you are on the Southside of campus.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Use – There is hardly any drinking or drug use at BYU. If you do have a problem with it you can find those that are participating easily. But with the Honor Code in effect almost no problems with peer pressure and drug usage

2 College Senior

Diversity: For the most part BYU is not diverse at all. Of course we have lots of people from different countries, they are never a majority. Mostly white people who aren't necessarily racist but instead very willing and accepting. Very easy to fit in yet not a lot of diversity.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Absouletly Safe – There are almost no problems on campus in regard to personal safety, since most of the campus are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For the most part people look out for others, with that said concern is still needed. You can't be completely oblivious.


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The Clarillon The Clarillon The BYU Clarillon stands as one of the landmarks of the BYU campus. Every hour it rings out a tune from the hymn "Come Come Ye Saints."
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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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