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Reviews 4767 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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 I think it will feel out of date soon, but for now it works.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.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics at BYU are great. I am always hearing stories and reading reviews where BYU is at the top in accounting, the sciences, etc. etc. I am at BYU for the Elementary Education program, and I think it is decent. I don't see it as exemplary, but I see the programs my roommates and friends have been in. Those seem absolutely great. My general classes have all been top notch. Overall, most classes have a positive atmosphere and good discussion.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It Is the Atmosphere – No, not everyone at BYU is nice and friendly. No, not everyone is a good example of a student or person. But, I have never been to a place like that, and I am not sure there is one on this planet. Overall, the students, faculty, and staff are kind and helpful and want to work toward the success for all. There are opportunities for employment on campus, which helps make the experience more complete and more fulfilling. The academic experience is challenging, but not killer and it is very rewarding. There are many opportunities if you are looking for a study abroad or internship. The social atmosphere is wholesome, fun, and inviting to all kinds of people. The school has plenty of services right there on campus, with computer labs everywhere, a great bookstore with clothing and computer sections, bowling, a few nice restaurants and decent dining options, an outdoors store, plenty of free museums that are great for students and for their families when they come to visit. The campus is well kept, and very beautiful. I love BYU, I am so glad I am here, and couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

1 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Provo Parking Is the Worst...At Least You Don't Have to Pay for Campus Parking – Parking is horrible. Towing companies and booting companies practically prowl every parking lot. Every apartment complex needs stickers to park, or visitor passes. There is usually some space on the streets in the evenings, but don't expect anything close to campus on the streets during the day. The BYU parking lots aren't the most conveniently located, fill up quickly and closely watched, but at least the BYU police are somewhat reasonable in fines and waiving fees.

I have driving and trying to find parking, so I just insist on living close and walking. Others get bus passes, which aren't too bad of a deal.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Good for a Freshman – Dorm life was near pivotal for my freshman experience. The social atmosphere is generally positive, the cost is reasonable, and the overall experience is great. Although I had friends in Helaman, and they generally enjoyed it, I highly preferred the Heritage dorms. As an upperclassman, I have liked living off campus, but as a freshman, the dorms are your best option socially and for convenience.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a problem at BYU because students are forced to park blocks away in order to avoid parking tickets. The online registration is extremely helpful if only students could park closer to campus.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Clean Fun – Nightlife for students attending BYU is a fun, clean experience. As a result of strict standards, drinking and drug problems are little to none. Students enjoy wholesome activites.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Many Accepting LDS Students – Although there are many LDS white students attending BYU, students with different ethnicities and religious beliefs are included and accepted. What is intersting about BYU is that every student is united in purpose. Many are attracted to the high standards and positive morals BYU has to offer, reguardless of race or gender.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Make Your Own Experience, or You Won't Enjoy It – Most out-of-staters are upset at the new culture they find on BYU campus. They feel coddled and bossed-around with all the rules. However, if you want to have a good time, get involved! There are lots of clubs and cheap events. Take as many classes as you can handle, especially language courses, because BYU offers more than most schools.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Fair Bus System - Not Free to Students – There is a pretty good public transportation system throughout Provo and Orem, as well as options to reach Salt Lake City. Students may get deep discounts on bus passes, but they are no longer provided free-of-charge. Biking is a problem - there are hardly any bike lanes. Parking is a nightmare for undergraduates, although it is free.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Limited, but Well-Maintained – BYU keeps a tight watch over their off-campus undergrads. Students may live only in pre-approved units within a certain radius of campus. Advantages: landlords are held responsible to maintain a high living standard. Disadvantages: Costs rise constantly because student numbers fluctuate, but housing availability is concrete.

5 College Junior

Computers: Wifi Reaches EVERYWHERE on Campus – Not only are there labs with public computers available throughout the large campus but bringing your own laptop on campus is a great option because of the fast and easy to access WiFi circulatng just about everywhere at BYU.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! I love it here! its amazing, the way you can feel the spirit in classes(even science and occasionally math). Its amazing to me, and after a small junior college in California its wonderful. my teachers don't swear anymore.
You'll have a hard time if you don't like the honor code. I personally wouldn't do the things listed on the "don't" list, so it doesn't bother me. I actually really like it because it contributes to the spirit of the campus and to the caliber of people who come to BYU.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is spastic. Most of the time its nice, but if you don't like the weather wait 5 min, seriously. It'll change.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – Students at BYU are required to follow the honor code. Each Studentt is required to sign it. if you break it, you get punished. Since you agreed to live by the honor code when you signed it, that seems fair to me.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am unsure of how the health and safety on Brigham Young University's campus is as I have not quite finished transferring there yet.


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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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