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Reviews 4786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Recreation Management – I feel like the program is structured in a way that encourages experimental learning and application of principles. The faculty is amazing in that professors are passionate, knowledgeable, interesting and effective teachers. Internships in the program almost always lead to successful job placement. The work load is challenging but manageable.

3 College Junior

Parking: Finding parking on campus can be difficult, but if you arrive on campus early enough in the day there is little difficulty finding good parking.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Overpriced – The housing in the Provo area is run down and overpriced.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not the Place – If you're looking for drugs you'll have to look somewhere else. I've been at BYU for going on four years and not seen or heard of drug or alcohol use.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our campus is pretty diverse as far as race and ethnic background, there are people from Korea, China, South America, and other places across the globe though the majority of us are U.S. citizens. However, as far as religious diversity goes, we don't have a lot. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up about 97% of the school's population.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Grub – Provo is a college town and as such you'll find restaurants on every corner. Everyone loves CafeRio and Cold Stone, but there are a couple of smaller hot spots to check out as well. One of those rising stars is called J-Dawgs. The line gets pretty long though so it's best to get there just before the lunch hour.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Definitely Safe – Security on BYU's campus is almost unnecessary as the students are all under an Honor Code. A lot of the time the campus security officers look for work and end up busting students for cutting in the cafeteria lunch line. That might be an exaggeration, but that's how safe I see our campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Opportunities for All Levels – BYU has great intercollegiate teams for those who want to be full-time athletes. They have great sports venues and tons of fan support.

There is also a great intramural program for regular people. They every game imaginable from ultimate frisbee to wallyball to standards like soccer.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Mostly Windows, but It Works – BYU has almost universal wireless coverage. I've only had one or two classrooms where I couldn't pick up a signal. There are plenty of public access computers if you don't have your own. You can also rent computers cheaply. Printing is available all over campus. You can print something from your personal computer and pick it up anywhere on campus. Super convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: College Town With Good Food and Great Outdoors – Provo is a college town. There is a surprisingly wide variety of ethnic restaurants available. There are a few good music houses if you're into local music. The opportunity for fun in the great outdoors is unparalleled. You can go snow skiing and water skiing on the same day.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wonderful, Spiritual, Uplifting – BYU makes me want to be a better person. Most people are just all trying to get better at school, work, spiritually, morally, and all other aspects of life. It is a wonderful place to be.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: BYU has an honor code that is strictly enforced. It is nice, because it keeps things prettty clean especially the closer to campus you get.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Clean Fun With Plenty of Activities – BYU has lots of on campus activities, which are always very appropriate. There is also a lot ot do around the area, because there are two major universities within several miles. There is always a group of creative college kids willingly to go out and have a good time.

5 College Student

Transportation: Utah is one of the few states to have a state-wide unified public transportation system, so if you don't have a car, you can buy an annual pass that will take you essetially anywhere in the state.

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.


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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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