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Reviews 4857 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is relatively expensive. There are some shuttles to campus for select apartment complexes. Many students either walk or drive their own car

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This usually occurs under the radar and very few people participate.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is free, but most tends to fill up quickly after about 9 or 10 in the morning. Undergrad student parking is also a ways off from the main campus. Off campus parking is very strict and prone for getting booted or towed.

3 College Junior

Diversity: A certain type of people are attracted by BYU. That's just that. It's not BYU's fault. The admissions board is JUMPING for diversity and students from different backgrounds, but it's located in Utah, with TONS of members, and tons of racially alike people. It's really not their fault. Economically you get kids from ALL over though.

5 College Junior

Academics: Academically it's a challenging and rewarding school that gets it's grads INTO careers! I love that about it. I've had so many meet and greets in my major with the biggest names in my industry, and they provided those chances.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love my major (property/Facility Management) but it was a royal pain for my wife. She wants to be a motivational speaker and singer, and couldn't find a single major that actually allowed her to study what she needed.

5 College Junior

Majors: Most of the competitive programs at BYU have a rigorous application process, but if you use the school resources, the counselors, and the opportunities given...it's not all that hard to get in. You have to be willing to work.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Anything you want you can find, even if you're a non-mormon. There's so much local night life in Provo, that you can find the museums and stuff, or great date places, dancing, or bars if you're looking for that.

3 College Junior

Weather: Okay...so Utah is infamous for it's horrible winters. It's far better than BYU-I for sure, but Utah can be really annoying. It's may and it snowed in lehi (15 minutes away) last week...but on the average, it's pretty beautiful. Honestly, it wouldn't be BYU without snowcovered buildings and free hot chocolate in between classes.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I think we have one fraternity and I've never heard of a single thing they've done. You're coming to an LDS school...it's not into that kind of thing and neither are its students.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: BYU itself is very well-protected and safe for students. Provo isn't always as great. It's a very Mormon affiliated area, and sexual assaulters like to take advantage of naive young mormon girls who run alone in nothing but a tank top and shorts. It's a problem, but as long as you stick to safe areas like campus, and run when it's not 10:30 at night you should be just fine.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Provo is thriving with not just college-goers but hard-working people of all walks of life. It's a great area for school and for living, but you may not want to be there after 8 years of school.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You're going to BYU, it has an honor code. If you accept that and get over the fact that it's strict, you're just fine. Students are FAR more focused because of it.

4 College Junior

Computers: Sure you have moments when it slows up at the very bottom of the HFAC, but on the whole it's pretty great.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's a religious Institution and they do a marvelous job of actually enforcing the honor code. Most of the students are LDS anyways, so it's against not just school standards but church standards too.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I met my wife at this school and she is incredibly beautiful and kind!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I hated the rules that came with on-campus housing. It makes it feel like a prison.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The professors are really accessible. You can talk to them about your grades and have them actually care about you. There is plenty of research to do, and you can get into labs and get a lot of research experience. The academics are wonderful here. Every program is thought highly of, and BYU is excellent in teaching their students. The music programs are exceptional here, and every concert I've ever been to has been amazing. There are plenty of clubs and programs for students, as long as you're willing to do them. Some of the people here are judgmental, but you get that everywhere. Expect to feel insecure, because every person here is very talented. Make sure you're comfortable in your own talents, especially those that aren't the 'showy' ones.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one uses drugs or alcohol. Maybe that's a lie in part, but I've never seen anyone use it. I've only heard stories, and those are through grapevines that I would not consider to be very reliable. If anyone uses at all, they keep it very quiet in order to stay at this university. It is a dry campus.

2 College Freshman

Parking: In order to get a parking spot, you have to either be here during the spring/summer terms or have a very special pass. If you don't, you will get fined by the police.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My program is amazing! Biology is a tough science, but the professors are there to help you every step of the way. They can and will help you. Rely on them.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My program is definitely difficult, but that's what makes it so worthwhile and rewarding. You will need help, but you learn how toa sk for it. The labs are fascinating, as is the general atmosphere.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There isn't much nightlife coming from the school. You have to make it yourself. Everything generally closes at 10 pm, and anything open after that isn't much fun. You have to create your own fun, your own nightlife.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It depends on what time of the year! In winter, it's snowy and cold. In the summer, it's perfectly warm. It's the in-betweens that get you. Right now, the weather will be sunny one hour and rainy the next. I hate it! Prepare yourself for a sky that doesn't know if it's happy or going to storm.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Getting financial aid is difficult because of how low the tuition is already. Be prepared for a lot of headaches.


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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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