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Reviews 4857 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I Like It – I like BYU. The people are really nice. The campus itself has a decent amount of things and clubs to participate in on campus, and not far off campus is a lot to do as well. I find it safe and fun.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The Abomination of Desolation, Standing Where It Ought Not – Holy crap, everyone's horribly messed up in this regard. The administration used to give out bus passes, but they changed that for free parking. Now, everyone and their dog wants to park, even if they're close enough to hit campus with a pool cue. If driving in Provo is a nightmare, parking is its gory, zombie-laden climax. Freshmen in bug-eyed shades, driving Daddy's hand-me-down, dart in and out of the narrow lanes. Cars follow you across lots just to see whether you're leaving. It's hell on earth.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Not Your Average Experience – So, there's essentially no bar/club scene to speak of, unless you want to drive 40 minutes to Salt Lake. And, since the BYU Honor Code prohibits smoking, drinking, and drugs on campus, the parties are pretty tame. What you do have is a pretty vibrant music scene downtown at Muse and Velour. You also have very frequent impromptu parties, planned get-togethers, and other small fêtes that build community rather than encourage debauchery. This was way more my speed, but your mileage, of course, may vary.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Strives for Quality, Fans Need Help – For the most part, the football and basketball teams will break your heart, which I guess is good. At least they're good enough to disappoint you when they inevitably fail. The other sports are actually really really good, especially the women's sports. Unfortunately, the fans at the popular games can be boorish on occasion, and there's little turnout at the other sports. The administration might be putting too much emphasis on sports, considering the nature of student participation.

5 College Senior

Facilities: High Expectations of Students – Students arn't allowed to drink or do drugs. They are also required to keep approriate modest attire and relations with the opposite sex. You may think it's odd to give such a high score for something that seems so restrictive but in fact it allows students to learn better and find other forms of entertainment, generally sports.

4 College Senior

Weather: I like the weather at BYU because of the four seasons. Since I like the change of seasons I generally enjoy the day no matter what the weather is like outside. MNy only complaint would be that the rain and snow means more people drive which means less available parking.

5 College Senior

Academics: Really Fun to Learn Engineering – I am studying Manufacturing Engineering and I can't believe how many of my interests it covers. I'm basically a vary creative person and the teachers in my college of choice really stress creativity and free learning. One teacher in particular encourages cross creativity; what I mean by that is tying in different disiplines together to get something new, like history and engineering. Anyway, I feel that I'm learning more than just facts, I'm learning skills that will help me change the future.

5 College Senior

Athletics: One thing that always has impressed me about BYU students is their love for sports and support of their team. BYU has a strong football program, and performs consistently well every season. But the football program is not the only one with championships under their belt, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and several other sports have great programs for men and women.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Provo inspires a lot of entrepreneurial-ism which breeds a large variety for restaurants. You can find most of the the unique non-chain restaurants on Center Street and little start-ups all surrounding the campus. If you have a car or can get a ride there is all the chain restaurants about 5 minutes away in Orem.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: State of Utah – Transportation at BYU is great the State of Utah takes buses through campus and there are "sky walks" that go over campus over the roads so you don't have to wait for the light to turn red if you don't want. very safe as well, continuing to become even more safe.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school is pretty strict about standards it is a school that is highly populated by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints they dress modestly and are constantly striving to do their best.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are pretty simple to use and they are everywhere, do you need to check it pretty quickly? there are many in the hall. do you need to do an assignment that will take a little longer there is a computer lab or 2 in EVERY building.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't Worry – Here at BYU you will find 30%-40% non American students from many different countries. we respect everyone that comes to this school.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As you find places to eat on campus you will not be disappointed. they have brought all the popular restaurants into campus, if you don't like something on campus, BYU is surrounded by places to eat so the only problem is trying to figure out where to eat out of all the good places there are.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Provo Utah is a wonderful place with its wide variety of activities and cultural events. Provo is on the rise of "the place to live" with its connection with Hollywood, NBA, Olympic venues and many other well known associations. People who visit will feel a welcome even if they don't want to stay they will leave knowing that this is a great place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BYU is a good place. People are friendly and it's easy to make friends in classes. The classes are challenging, but not so challenging to make it impossible to get good grades.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are members of many religions at BYU, but the large majority is Latter-day Saint. This leads many people to believing that if they come to BYU, they won't be accepted. However, from what I've observed, a person's religion is not important in the classroom or for having a social life. People are accepted for how they treat people and come across to others, not for being the same religion as the majority of the students. And while an honor code is enforced at BYU, everyone admitted to BYU agreed to live by the code while enrolled at the school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not a Big Variety of Housing – Provo is a pretty small town with a lot of schools. It is not the easiest thing in the world to find a good apartment. Usually you need to start searching for the housing for the next school year in spring. Because BYU is a private university it has some standards and requirements that must be obeyed, so BYU students can only live in the approved housing. That is why prices are pretty high, the variety is not huge and most of the apartment complexes are pretty old. From the other side, Provo is a very safe town, so there is no need to worry about walking home in the evening back from the campus. Accidents happen very rarely. I live very close to campus in a shared room that a little bit reminds ghetto, but it is relatively cheap and I have wonderful roommates. So I really enjoy living in Provo

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We Have a Testing Center – Brigham Young University has a testing center where students can take tests for the absolute majority of classes not spending time on it during the class. It helps to avoid cheating and rush, because most of the tests are not limited in time and you can go there when you feel the most comfortable. It is opened from early in the morning till 10 p.m.
There is a various of facilities on campus: we have wonderful sport facilities that are opened for use all year round and a planetarium, green houses, museums and research centers. There are constantly various amount of exhibitions on campus. There are always things to do and places to see there.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Preppy but Hot – The girls at BYU are very attractive and usually dress very preppy.They're also pretty conservative though and aren't into partying, drinking, etc.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Just for Freshmen – Only the Freshmen stay in the dorms here and most upper classmen stay off campus. Some dorms are really good, like Wyview Park, but which is far away. Helaman Halls and Heritage Halls are much closer but kind of small

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Really Safe – Some people don't even lock their doors since the crime rate is so low. Almost no incidents occur on campus, and very few off of it.

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.


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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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