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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Lots of Mormons – I have to give it an A because of I'm Moromon myself. I personally think that everyone around here is wonderful, but this is a religious school, so... don't expect there to be a lot of traditional college partying and such.

4 College Student

Facilities: Very up-To-Date – From what I've seen, the campus has very nice facilities. While some are fairly old, most have been recently renovated. A prime example would be the the dining hall:The Commons at the Cannon Center. It's one of the nicest dining areas I've ever seen.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strict in the things they need to be strict about.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Clean Fun – It's wholesome fun. You can always find lots of things to do

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Super Fun – I love it! It is a big college town. The whole city is very supportive of students. I love it!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Arabic Is the Best Here – The Arabic program is the number one in the country at my school. I originally went to Emory University in Atlanta, but transferred here because I want to pursue a government career in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Their program for the language is intense and our university is the first recruitment spot for government agencies. That plus the academics span different topics and are just as fascinating an in depth as the arabic program.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Chemically Free Campus(And Mountains) – No smoking, no drinking, no drugs. BYU's LDS foundation mean a pronounced lack loud parties, smoke hazes around doorways, and stoned classmates that disrupt class. It's still around, but most people don't like it, and there is the rules set up to get ride of anyone that crosses the line. Aside from being sober, there are beautiful mountains very close to campus. A short walk takes you from dorms to trails that rapidly ascend to mountain valleys without sight or sound of civilization. This makes it very easy to 'get away' for a few hours, and still have time for classes and work.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Something for Everyone, If You Look. Having two universities ensures the Provo/Orem area has plenty of fast-food and chain restaurants. It also means a number of local places ranging from expensive places for impressing dates to something that's within a poor college student's range. China Cafe being a good example. An easy bike ride from campus, the relaxed atmosphere and lack of expense mean it is a reasonable place to go with friends. Don't let the appearance fool, the quantity, and quality, of the food surpass many of the more expensive alternatives. Not earth-shattering, just plenty of good food for a good price.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe, Quiet, and Friendly – BYU's personality makes for a safe environment. Common sense(i.e. lock your doors, don't leave your laptop unattended, ect.) is advised, but there are very many problems. Missing items are more likely to have been taken to the lost&found than stolen. Nights are quiet, and everyone, even the girls, feel safe walking around at night.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a good bus system here but almost everyone can walk to campus. If you need a bus though, it is cheap and readily available.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There isn't a ton of parking here, but if you need it you can usually find parking on or close to campus. Most of our housing is very close to campus though so most people just walk anyways.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have any frats or sororities here at BYU, but it is still a ton of fun and we do fine without them.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Don't Expect Canceled Classes! It snows a lot here during the winter, but classes hardly ever get cancelled because of it. Classes are not really far from the dorms, but it can still get a little treacherous walking to class in ice and snow. And once the weather turns nice, everyone hangs out outside.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: BYU prohibits the use of alcohol and drugs on campus, and in BYU approved housing. If you really want drugs and want to take the chance of being kicked out, you can find it. But, there is not much of a drug scene on and off campus around BYU. We party clean.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: A Little Bit Different – There are definitely ethnic people on campus at BYU. A lot of people speak different languages, too! But, most of the population is still white. Luckily, BYU provides lots of programs for those on campus of the same race to be able to meet and become friends.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Social Interaction – The students at BYU are extremely friendly. It is a mostly religious school, so the students all share the same standards and values. It is very easy to make friends here!

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Best Freshman Choice – For freshman, the best overall choice is Heritage Halls. It is the cheapest option, and has a very social atmosphere.

4 College Student

Computers: Crowded During Finals – The labs at BYU are crowded during finals and midterms, but are found all over campus and easy to get access to.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Alpine rocks! OFF CAMPUS HOUSING IS GREAT! cheap and nice!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not athletic, but the teams here are great! Go Cougars!

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is great. Very religious. No partying or drinking.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I really love the teachers and faculty. Everyone is nice and very knowledgeable about the subject area

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is not conveniently near campus

2 College Junior

Weather: Cold Kills – Half of your time in fall/winter terms is a blzzardy, cold, nasty mess. It's very inhospital, especially if you're coming from a place like California. The fall and spring and beautiful, but I'm not sure it completely compensates for the winter. In winter its hard to find things to do and stay active or happy.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Nice but Inconvenient – Many of the facilities on campus are nice, but their availability is very inconvenient. They are often reserved for sports teams, so it can be difficult to find a time when you can use it. The gyms have older equipment that is at best frightening and at best dangerous to use. The food selection at the coguareat is very limited, and expensive compared to places within walking distance to campus. The library is amazing and has so many services available beside just books - including multimedia services for transfering or editing video.


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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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