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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Don't Go to Clubs – As most people are Mormon and don't drink clubs aren't worth it. Have some fun playing games on campus like in dark classrooms or drive up Provo canyon for some camping, bonfires, and what not.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Tons of Housing – I'm moving off campus this year and there are so many options for what you are looking for. To big and expensive, to cheap and run-down there is anything and everything. The majortiy are very close to campus and are a short walk away. I haven't lived off campus yet, but it seems like there is alot to offer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many places to eat on campus. But if you ate on campus everyday, you would probably get sick of it after a while. A large portion of the housing has kitchens however, allowing students to do their own cooking. There is a creamery grocery store buildigng on campus that lets people do grocery shopping.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: An excellent school. The enviornment is friendly. There is a huge library as well as a law library with plenty of places to study. The student union building, the "Wilk" has lots of places to eat and hang out, bowling alley, arcade, etc. There are also museums on campus. There is a fieldhouse building as well that has a gym available for all students.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Most people understand the rules and follow them and the few that don't really just cause problems for the rest. Police don't have much to crack down on so the few tickets they hand out for bikers or skaters on campus are really ridiculous at times. The enforcement of the honor code are pretty silly as well. If someone's breaking it, just discipline them quickly and move on; no one needs a scene over something so small and if they continue to break it, go ahead and punish them, but most people are grown up and should act accordingly without a 3rd-10th parent of police, administrators, church leaders, peers, etc.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer Consistency – The online connection on campus is great and computers are very well taken care of and generally up to date with current technology. I haven't had any problems with computers at BYU ever.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not Bad at All – There's a lot of small things to get involved with around Provo, but there aren't a lot of big attractions you might find in other big cities (e.g. amusement parks, professional sporting teams, etc.) My biggest beef with Provo is that local residents complain a lot about parties going on, when they need to probably thank their lucky stars we're NOT a party school that has a lot of alcohol and drugs influencing stupid or idiotic behavior around them. We're VERY tame compared to many people on other campuses and a little respect or recognition in that regard would be greatly appreciated. Don't like the college atmosphere? Then move 20 minutes away and you'll be fine.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Student parking is far away. But it's a good excersize.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: BYU is a fabulous place. I adore my dorm room, it's little, but lovable. It is such a fun excepting place. Everyone is so nice and there are so many chances to make friends.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love BYU and the Provo area. There is so much to do and and so many fun cities near by. A lot of the food places give discounts to students, and there is a lot of variety in food.

4 College Junior

Athletics: the sports are great. You have a large variety on campus and the sports teams rate highly and is lots of fun to support

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Great Peopl – Most people at BYU are very kind and courteous. The guys all look proper, mostly clean shaven and clean cut. The girls dress modestly and are friendly.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at BYU is a lot of fun, but clean fun! You rarely ever see any drinking, or people going to bars. Students have fun with each other playing games, goofing off and just having a great time! I think it is truly awesome that the students are able to have so much fin without the need for alcohol or other substance.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very Good – There are several places to eat off-campus and some of them are within walking distance of each other. Prices are average, and there aren't very many student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The only facility that could be improved is the athletic gym for the students. other than that, everything else is AMAZING! The library is very nice, large, and very useful. Campus activities are so much fun and very much appropriate!

4 College Senior

Facilities: Always Something – BYU offers the perfect amount of school sanctioned arts performances, social events, service projects, and intellectual opportunities. There is always a way to have a good time.

2 College Senior

Parking: Good Luck – On campus parking is impossible, and when you do find a spot you will most likely return to your car ticketed for some obscure reason. Get ready to fight for a parking spot.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Hidden Pleasures – At first, Provo seems like an average suburb town with relatively few attractions. However, delve a little deeper into its environment and you will find amazing hiking trails, mountains, rivers, snow, and unbelievable sunsets. Provo carries an inviting quality and makes everyone feel at home.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Good – I feel like I don't pay much for the kind of quality I'm getting.

3 College Junior

Computers: Pretty Good – I usually have little trouble finding an open computer.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I give it an A+ because there really is no drug problem at BYU. I am sure there are some students that have drug problems, but I don't know of ANY and I have been here more than 3 years. Every big party I have been to has been clean.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The football and basketball programs are good but at times they get a lot of criticism. I feel that we are lucky to have the teams we do considering the rules BYU places on the students' lives, (no partying, drinking, etc.). Still, there are many athletes that would like to come here, yet aren't recruited and then end up doing well for another school. It is rumored that politics in sports teams has a lot to do with that. As for the intramurals, there may not be a more competive school. Intramurals are huge and the athletes in the upper levels are amazing. Many of them are mormons who could have played at another college but chose to come to BYU instead because of the mormon culture here.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good but Slightly Expensive – There is a large selection of restaraunts on campus and the prices are reasonable. I think it will feel out of date soon, but for now it works. The cafeteria is new, clean, nice and the food is good. BYU did a great job with the atmosphere of the cafeteria so that it doesn't feel like a cafeteria, but I think it is slightly over-priced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Honor Code, Abide It – Everyone who goes to BYU signs an Honor Code, stating that they will live a certain lifestyle, including not drinking alcohol or being in the bedroom of members of the opposite sex, etc. People make mistakes, and BYU recognizes that and helps people fix their problems. First time offenders are usually not kicked out of school (unless it is something extremely illegal). However, they are strict and hold people to the Honor Code that they signed. I think that is great. If people make a promise, they should keep it. If you aren't going to abide the honor code, go somewhere else.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Boo Snow – I am from California. As a 7-year-old, somebody had to tell me that snow didn't stop after Christmas. When I moved to Utah, snow became my least favorite thing on this planet. I hate driving in snow and I hate walking through it. I hate getting wet and cold. All that said, BYU keeps the sidewalks decently cleared, and classes are rarely impacted by it. The rest of the year, it is beautiful and mild. I love BYU campus in the spring, summer, and early fall.


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Caitlin Bronson
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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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