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Reviews 4767 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Senior

Weather: If You Like Snow . . . Winter starts in earnest in November and continues through April and even May, with several feet of snow throughout the season and very low temperatures. This can make walking to campus unpleasant, especially if you do not have good snow boots, but once you get to campus, it's much better because the university has lots of equipment and workers dedicated to clearing off the snow and ice. Classes are almost never canceled because of weather. However, there is great skiing in the valley, if you like that sort of thing.

Summer weather starts around mid-June and lasts through most of August. It is very dry, hot and sunny with some rain.

Fall and spring are lovely, temperate, and entirely too short. The transition between winter and spring is usually an ugly one, with the weather seemingly unable to decide if it wants to rain, snow, sleet, shine, or hail, and often attempting to do all of them within the course of a single day.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Stone-Cold Sober – Admission to BYU requires that you abide by the Student Honor Code, which includes abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use. The vast majority of students do abide by the Honor Code in these respects, which is why BYU has been Princeton Review's #1 Stone-Cold Sober University for several years now. I know that some drug use does occur, although I haven't seen it myself, but it's uncommon and rather stigmatized. It is not in any way a major part of campus social life.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Real Fun, Great Education – It is also social with fun things to do each night. It provides excellent resources for students to get free tutoring and help with any subject. The campus is beautiful and the people are always friendly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Fun – Great place to party and meet people all the time. Management is good to fix anything broken or gross. But there is a lot of old strange things in the apartments and walls are usually very thin. Otherwise that its great

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Off Campus – Great place to party and meet people all the time. Management is good to fix anything broken or gross. But there is a lot of old strange things in the apartments. Otherwise that its great

College Junior

Greek Life: I have never heard of Greek life. I do not know if it even exists at BYU.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Well Kept – The guys are very well kept. Short hair, clean shaven. The girls are super attractive and they dress modestly. The school is sober, but students tend to have a lot of fun without drinking or carousing. There is a lot of energy.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – The campus is very well kept and feels very safe to me at all hours of the day and night. There are emergency phones that can be used to speak to police should there be a problem. University police does what job they have to do, which usually involves taking care of trivial things because there is not much else to do.

3 College Senior

Parking: Graduates and employees get all of the closer parking spaces. There is a fifteen minute walk from any undergraduate parking.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Not Noticable – Because BYU is a LDS school the majority of the students do not participate in drug or alcohol use. However, as with all communities there are a few exceptions.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The Beauty – BYU is a great place! The campus itself is beautiful and well kept. It is situated in a beautiful area as well with the Wasatch mountains on one side and Utah lake on the other. People are kind and friendly. There is a good atmosphere about the school and the students that attend.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: At All Times, in All Things, in All Places – The school frequently has activities going on in the evening as do many complexes and houses! It is fun to be able to hang out with friends in an environment that is wholesome!

5 College Junior

Athletics: We have excellent athletic programs! The sports teams are really competitive and excel in their conferences. The school also has a lot of school spirit! BYU also offers intramural sports which gets numerous students involved!

5 College Senior

Diversity: There are students from all over the world and country here. I work in a lab with 5 Chinese, 2 Indian, a few whites. There are all races and styles here and we all blend very nicely. It works out for the best for everyone.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Easy and Delicious – The food and accessibility of the food here is very well thought out. There is an entire food court in the center of campus as well as a whole center dedicated to feeding those living on campus with specified meal plans.

4 College Senior

Academics: Difficult and the Best Preparation – I came to BYU because I knew it would be hard and challenging. It has been just that.I feel it has prepared me for the rigorous hours that will be coming in professional school after my undergraduate is complete.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transporation system on BYU is very good. Because of the very cold winters, the university realizes that they need to take care of their students. There are bus systems that are constantly going very 5 min. to and from campus. They are sometimes crowded, but for the most part they are very functional. The parking is avalible to all students of all years and is free too, so that is an added perk in bringing your own car. People are very nice, so they often create carpool systems if needed. They have many close off-campus buildings, so walking to and from campus is a breeze as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: At Brigham Young University, they provide a student cafeteria that always has good food and options. It is a little pricy, but it really isn't that much different from other universities. They also have main stream places in the student center such as Teriyaki Sticks, Subway, Taco Bell, etc. There you can buy good quality food for a decent price. They also have a bakery with goodies that are to die for since Utah is very much based on homemade food. There are 3 creameries around campus that have wonderful ice cream and the larger creamery has a full out dinner menu. Around campus there are also various places such as J-Dawgs, which is a must. If you like also exotic foods, not too far from campus is downtown Provo which has amazing places for food from Thailand, Korea, Mexico, Peru, etc. Many of these places honor the "starving student card" which provides discounts not only at many resturants, but various department stores, entertainment galleries, and banks.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I really like the computer labs at Brigham Young University. They are accessible and very modern. If you need something, there is also various sources of help, internet and personal. My only complaint would have to be that they should put more of their computers on the main floor. A lot of computers go wasted on the lower floors, yet the main floors are packed especially during finals. But if you know the place, they will always have a computer open, you just have to make sure you are willing to go to a different floor.

5 College Student

Campus Strictness: BYU is very strict with the honor code, but I appreciate that atmosphere. There isn't a lot of tolerance for any kind of cheating or immoral conduct - including drinking or drugs. People will be placed on academic probation and be expelled for such behavior.

4 College Student

Athletics: BYU has a very devoted fanbase, but I feel like the athletics department gets too much of a focus. There are great facilities for everything that needs to be done - especially a fantastic football stadium.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Provo Can Be Fun, but It's Expensive to Do So. Provo is definitely a college town, and there can be a lot to do. The downside is that you need a fair amount of money to do any of it. One great thing is that there is a lot to do in the mountains nearby - plenty of outdoor activity. Salt Lake City is also close, and there is a lot to do there.

3 College Student

Transportation: The problem is that the school doesn't really provide any transportation. It's all part of the city's public transportation, which is not the best I've seen. The parking rules are rigid, inflexible and all parking lots are packed. Walking or riding a bike to school is best, but that's just as much of a pain since the campus seems to be a giant hill and since it's so big, it takes forever to get anywhere.

College Student

Drug Safety: No Way Jose – I imagine there are definitely students who use drugs, but it's a well-kept secret, seeing as the school asks the students to abstain from drug usage. If a student is caught using drugs, they are reported to the Honor Code police and dealt with from there. They could possibly be suspended or even expelled.

College Student

Nightlife: Hardly Even an Option – If you want to be a student at Brigham Young University, you have to adhere to an honor code, which includes not drinking alcholic drinks and refraining from drugs. There are a few clubs to go to where alcohol isn't served, but they're rare. The school provides activities, as well as the congregations that students attend.


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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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