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Reviews 4786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – If I so much as curse when I stub my toe while walking on campus and someone I don't know is offended, they can turn me in and I could get kicked out of school.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: There are no greek fraternities or sororities. There is no soort of society or clubs like them, and I think the school is better for it.

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2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Need to know right people! BYU is a pretty strict LDS school. You cant drink or smoke. Even caffeine is considered a drug here. But, there are some underground BYU parties in off-campus apartments where people drink and smoke pot. Those occur every friday and saturday. Esp. those partiers are either non-LDS or jack-mormon like me. Well, I have seen many BYU students that drink and quite a few who smoke pot.I havent seen any other hard drugs though. So, if you hang out with right person, its like any other college.

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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


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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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