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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Better Than Most – BYU is a unique experience when it comes to Universities in the United States. Because it is a private school it has an "honor code" that all students agree to live by. This honor code greatly decreases the amount of reckless partying or destructive habits that is present at most universities across the country. In this environment academics can excel, but it also creates a strange cultural "bubble" that can damage a real world experience that is very prevalent at most American Colleges. So it has its ups and downs, but I am happy with the pros that come from our little bubble.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've Seen Better – THe housing isn't perfect but it's not horrid. The Singles housing is decent and the married housing as well.

3 College Junior

Academics: THEATRE STUDENT IN AN ACADEMIC CRAZED INSTITUTION – BYU is a great school, but not perfect. as always the arts get shafted when it comes to credits for classes. I'm taking the minimum amount for class credits (15) and i am still taking 2 classes. Dance, music and art classes are the same way. While history, science, math etc. get tons of credits for every class. Other than the administration making it difficult to take a full course load for Performing Art students, it really is a great school. I love being able to have my values as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints seen in lots of the classes and productions at BYU. There are the times when people try to use the ideas of the church to make all the productions very formulaic and disney but the students make sure that they can be heard through the work they put on; through their acting, writing, directing, technical design and so on.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fully Invested – Everyone at BYU is a true blue Cougar fan. Our teams usually do fairly well in our conference, and the atmosphere at the games is always upbeat and fun. We have a healthy rivalry with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, so those games are especially intense. The intramural sports program is very developed, too, with just about every sport represented and many opportunities to participate if you want.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mormon Girls Are Great – I love going to school at BYU, because for the most part girls know how to dress really attractively without having to expose their bodies. It makes it easier to get to know people because you don't have to be uncomfortable because of what someone's wearing. Because most of us have a goal to get married, at times dating can be...interesting, to say the least, but everyone likes to have fun at BYU.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small-Town Feel – Provo is actually a pretty big city in Utah, but you kind of wouldn't know it. There's not a lot to do in Provo, but Salt Lake City is only and hour away, and Provo Canyon and Utah Lake are right here for the outdoorsy types. It can be kind of hard to find things to do, though if you live close to campus and you don't have a car.

4 College Student

Weather: The joke here is, welcome to Utah. If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes. This is a desert, so it doesn't rain too much or too hard. Summer and winter are long. The heat is a dry heat. If you like those, the weather is for you.

3 College Student

Parking: Campus Only – Provo doesn't like us parking off-campus, so you HAVE to buy the pass if you want to drive. I don't even bother; walking and biking are almost as fast for most functions.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly Fast Food – We have the basic fast food options, but you have to go to Orem (so you or a buddy needs a car) for anything spectacular, or even Walmart. Brick Oven pizza is the local favorite place.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Having both lived and worked in on campus housing, I know that the dorms are a wonderful place to start life at BYU. They provide a place where freshman are all on the same page. My best friends at BYU I met in my freshman dorm, and we still spend lots of time together.

After freshman year, move off campus.

4 College Senior

Academics: One of the greatest assets of BYU is that the professors who teach are totally dedicated to teaching, and minimal to no focus is given to research during the semester. This allows for the class to be taught exclusively by the professor, not a TA.

The professors are all very dedicated and caring about their students. I have had many experiences in the Accounting program where teachers have reached out to me individually, among the 200 some students in the program, to help me and ask me how I am doing. They strive to create an environment that is safe to ask questions and freely learn.

4 College Junior

Facilities: BYU offers an incredible atmosphere of students and professors. It offers top quality sports, academic programs, student clubs, and activities. BYU's theater department and musical programs are top notch. Most students get really into the sports, especially when it comes to basketball and football, and the athletes at BYU are definitely not mediocre. There are always activities planned on campus, and clubs in every area to plan those activities. No BYU activity includes drugs or alcohol, so BYU students can actually remember how much fun they have at parties! Because there are so many students, some of the classes are a little too big for my liking, but any student who is determined and puts in the effort will go far. The majority of students are of the LDS faith, so most of the classes focus on keeping the standards of our faith up.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not offered anywhere on or around BYU campus. Students must follow the honor code which includes a standard of no drugs or alcohol. I'd say we have more of a problem of eating too much ice cream than of drinking alcohol.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs on BYU campus are often crowded, but more often than not I can find a spot to work. Most students have their own personal laptops, but the library offers nice computers with quality Internet and other programs. Printing on campus is usually reliable, especially with a wireless connection straight to your personal laptop. It would be nice to have my own personal printer so that I could print right at home, but printing on campus isn't bad. The wireless connection to Internet is easy to access anywhere on campus.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The vast majority of students at BYU simply walk to campus everyday. There are buses that can be used if desired and some limited parking for those that want to drive.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: BYU is very strict about the honor code, which includes the consumption of alcohol, drugs, dress code amongst other things. It is a regular part of student life.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never seen any evidence of crime, violence or unsafe behavior at BYU. I always feel exceptionally safe and worry free. I barely feel the need to lock my doors or chain my bike.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at BYU is a sober nightlife and limited to the rules of the BYU Honor Code. For students attending here, the nightlife is fun but there are not enough social events to fill students' time.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Brigham Young University in Provo has a very diverse student body. There are lots of students from all around the world, coming from all backgrounds of life. There are many opportunities to participate in friendships and discussions with members of countries around the world.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Brigham Young University in Provo offers a wide variety of dining options. Besides the restaurants in the Wilkinson Student Center, there are meal halls and meal cards available for registered students. There are plenty of available, affordable options for students.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Wait What? As uncertain as I am about what 'Greek life' is supposed to mean is how much there is at BYU. I know basically nothing - there is, so far as I know, basically none.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is gorgeous. The staff works hard to keep it green and well-kept, and there are always flowers except during snowy winter. There is so much space, but all of it is well-used, whether in grass or trees, bushes or flowers, benches or artful decorations. Even in the winter, campus is incredibly pretty, though the walkways do get icy. In such a well-kept environment, it makes a student proud to be at BYU.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of off campus places to eat nearby. Unfortunately most of them are fast food places.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: English Language Majors – It's very interesting to be an English Language Major because we juggle between English and Linguistics, both other majors at BYU that we have a lot of interaction with. Most people in this major have the same minor, though we have a large variety of career goals in mind.

4 College Junior

Facilities: This school is obviously unique because the majority of students are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Students are required to dress modestly and keep modest appearance in hair styles as well. Everyone is pretty friendly and there's a lot of pride about sports. The ASB tries extremely hard to have campus activities and there's always something going on. There are tons of clubs and it's very social. Academically rigorous, but the teachers are also the kindest and most forgiving. There's always construction going on and they're very competitive. You usually have to have a 3.5 or above high school or transfer GPA. It's definitely an impressive educational institution. They strive for excellence in everything and students have tons of opportunities in any field and with internships, etc.


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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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