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Provo, UT
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28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Greek Life: There is no Greek life. Mormon life pretty much dominates.

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Greek Life: No frats or sororities, but lots and lots of clubs to join. After hearing about friends' experience with frats and whatnot at other schools, I'm not sad about not having any here at all.

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Academics: The professors are excellent! I really feel that they are people I can trust and speak with if there is anything I need to talk about. They have always taken care of my needs.

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Academics: A nice thing about BYU is that it's a very undergraduate-oriented school. The professors are very willing to speak with the undergraduate students, as well as the graduate students.

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Academics: One thing you probably hear people say the most about big schools is `why do you want to go to a big school, with big classes, where you get less attention?' Well, my large classes are actually my favorites, because the teachers do crazy things in them. In one class, the teacher brought in garbage cans full of snow, and we had a snowball fight; in chemistry, we blow up things in class!

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Academics: Teachers at BYU are awesome, and they really want you to succeed. They provide a peaceful and spiritual learning environment and hold office hours where you can go and talk to them; they really do love to see their students.

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Academics: BYU has some of the best professors in the fields of business, accounting, law, religion, history, and political science. Some of the teachers in these departments are considered to be just as talented as teachers at Harvard and Notre Dame.

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Academics: Brigham Young has great teachers that really seem to care about all their students, but class sizes are huge!

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Academics: I have never come across a bad teacher since I've been here. They are all intelligent, fun, flexible, and concerned with your progress in their class.

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Academics: Most of the professors at BYU are extremely good. They really know their stuff and are very anxious to help the students get it, too. The majority of professors at BYU are dynamic, engaging, and appreciative of student feedback, all of which make for excellent classes. This is not to say, however, that all the professors at BYU are wonderful; some are actually quite ridiculous.

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Academics: The vast majority of my teachers have been exceptional. One or two, here or there, exhibited some flaws, like an excessive attachment to bland homework projects or slightly boring lectures, but I have found that, overall, my teachers are good friends. In particular, their lectures tend to reach beyond informational and educational, to exhibit an inspirational quality that develops a greater love and appreciation for the topic. This might sound like inflated praise, but most of my professors and classes at BYU have been superior. Most professors, as well as being passionate about their teaching material, are also approachable, friendly, and very willing to meet with students to discuss concerns, ideas, and future plans.

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Academics: My professors have, for the most part, always been interesting, especially in the humanities, art history, and Spanish departments. Most professors make an effort to make things interesting for the students, and they also have decent office hours. I have had a lot of experience with teachers outside the classroom, and they have been quite helpful. Most of the professors really want to be there, and they want to see the students succeed.

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Local Atmosphere: Our town is nicknamed `Happy Valley.' It's right at the base of the Rocky Mountains, which makes for a beautiful setting, as well as some great hiking and camping.

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Local Atmosphere: Provo has an atmosphere of a college town because the student body is 30,000 strong. The town is built around BYU and has over 100,000 residents. U of U [University of Utah] is only 45 minutes away.

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Local Atmosphere: It's a very prim, proper, decent, and boring town. The neighboring city of Orem has a state college. So the off-campus housing available in the area tends to be populated by students from both our school and theirs.

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Local Atmosphere: Utah Valley State College is only about 10 to 15 minutes away, and it has gobs and gobs of college students. You should also go to Temple Square. It's a fun place to visit.

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Local Atmosphere: I really enjoy Provo's atmosphere. It truly gives me a warm feeling. Utah Valley State College is about 15 minutes away, and up in Salt Lake City is the University of Utah. There are tons of things to do-hiking, visiting the hot springs, or just hanging out.

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Local Atmosphere: There are two universities nearby-Utah Valley State College is the closest. We also have three malls and easy access to Salt Lake City. BYU signed an agreement with UTA (the bus company in town) that allows students to ride for free.

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Local Atmosphere: We have a theater that only charges a dollar for admission to see movies that have been out for a while. It's a popular hangout.

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Local Atmosphere: Provo borders the town of Orem, and between the two cities, there are two major malls, two Wal-Marts, a Super Target, a Fred Meyers, two ShopKos, a Costco, several large book stores, numerous theaters (including theaters that feature live performances), computer stores, and just about anything else that you would expect to find in a mid-sized city.

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Local Atmosphere: Hiking the `Y' is always a blast. Utah Lake is kind of gross looking, but it's fun to ski, boat, and tube on! Salt Lake City isn't too far away, and there are clubs and other fun places that you can go to there!

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Local Atmosphere: Provo is home to BYU and UVSC, both of which boast enrollments in excess of 30,000 students. With that many college-aged kids in one happy little valley, you would think there would exist something resembling nightlife. Not so. Provo unofficially shuts down at 10:30 p.m., and if late-night studying is your speed, you would do well to develop a taste for Denny's or Village Inn, as these are the only two places to `hang out' in Provo after the sun sets. However, in the daytime, one will find mountains, canyons, lakes, and ski resorts all in close proximity, which makes Utah Valley an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Despitethe population boom from September to May, Provo really has a small-town feel to it, which has its perks. The crime rate is low, the town is clean, and the people are all pretty friendly.

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Local Atmosphere: Provo is a college town, and a lot of community activities revolve around the happenings at BYU. The arts are well represented with good orchestras, choirs, museums, good plays, and even opera every year. The town is rather quiet, to be honest. It is not at all a party town because it's not a party university. However, Salt Lake is about 45 minutes away, with more of a city feel.

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Local Atmosphere: I love Provo. Some people consider it a little boring because there aren't tons of cultural attractions like museums and concerts, but I usually attribute those views to boring people, not to the location. I love the outdoors, and the mountains around Provo are brimming with trails for hiking, biking, skiing, and rock climbing. I've been impressed with the creativity of the student body in coming up with fun things to do. From getting inner tubes to raft down the Provo River in the summer, to ultimate Frisbee, flag capture, and cross-country skiing in the winter, there is more than enough to keep people busy if they're willing to tap into a little ingenuity. There is great rock climbing at Rock Canyon, about five minutes from campus.

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Local Atmosphere: I highly recommend Beto's Mexican food-one of the few places open 24 hours a day. The malls and Borders are also fun once in a while-to stroll around or sit down and digest some print.

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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
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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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