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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Basically you go to school to be at school and the only time you come home is for breaks, simple as that.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If they just had a better team...

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are a lot of rules that you have to agree to and they can do a lot to you academically ( in a bad way) if you break said rules.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Only problem is because so many students don't and never thought they would, when they fall off the wagon and start drinking and doing drugs they are very uneducated about it and make mistakes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It gets the job done and you have more freedom than on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Get good grades and don't go on a mission unless you know for certain you are going to be able to stay.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's pretty safe here. The biggest crime (that you hear about) is theft. There most dangerous for females are the unlit pathways. Campus is decently lit up, but once you leave campus to go home, the streets are not lit very well. Also, another safety issue is pedestrian safety. Because the roads around campus in all of the off-campus housing have such poor lighting, it is very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and there are many near car/pedestrian crashes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They have started phasing out all the old on-campus housing buildings and almost all of the on-campus housing options are pretty new. The oldest ones are the worst of the options, but the two new complexes are awesome. The lottery system is a little hard. The order of applications of who applied first is the order of who gets to pick first where they will live.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were a few more places that stayed open later, but we have everything from all the classic fast-food chains (including In-N-Out) to very good authentic Indian cuisine. There are restaurants with authentic food from all over the world. We even have a Filipino food truck.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Even though alcohol and drugs and bars are not a part of the nightlife here, there is still a lively nightlife! Dance parties are really common as well as people putting together parties and groups to go out and do things. It is good, clean fun. You are hard pressed to not have an invite to a social event each weekend.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know everywhere you go, there are people secretly doing their thing and using drugs/alcohol and if you really sought them out, you could find the underground community, but at BYU, there really is no alcohol or drugs. You could find it if you wanted to do, but if you aren't looking you will likely not see during all your years here. There is no peer pressure to do any of that.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of things to do here. The biggest thing though is that the best things to do aren't necessarily things in buildings, but rather getting out and into nature. The mountains are so close and so beautiful and there is so many things you do in the mountains. You also have other natural recreational attractions just west, south, north, and even east the school. Lakes, skiing, red canyons, camping, fishing, etc. But you also have fun in-city attractions as well, such as country-dancing, nickelcade, movies, museums, etc. It is awesome.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses go from all the major off-campus apt complexes to campus and hit most the main places that students want to go to (including campus). Also, a lot of students have cars and it is super easy to find someone who is willing to give you a ride.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I personally really like summer and the warmth and heat. But BYU is in Provo, Utah, so I don't always get that. It's not too terrible overall, but I would love it if it was warmer. We have hot summers and somewhat cold winters. When it snows it usually snows a lot, which is really beautiful and fun to play in. It does rain a bit in the spring.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school does really well working with financial aid. I haven't run into any problems yet. They also have a lot of very generous scholarships that you can qualify for purely based off of your GPA. With a certain GPA in a certain major you can qualify for a half-tuition or full-tuition scholarship. Those are awesome and really help.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is only sufficient on-campus housing for freshmen. Also, if you are not a freshmen and you are living on campus (at my school) then everyone thinks there is something seriously wrong with you. After freshmen year you move off-campus to live. The problem with off-campus housing is that our school requires you to live within a certain mileage of the school campus and if you don't have you have to do some paperwork. So there is this bubble created of off-campus housing. The owners of these complexes are milking us students for all we are worth. The complexes we live in are old, run-down, and not functioning very well. They are as old as 1940 and yet we pay an arm and a leg to live there (compare cost for owner to own, maintain, etc the complex, verses how much they make off the students). Prices keep rising, quality keeps diminishing. It's really frustrating.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't really have a very big Greek life here at our school. I know it exists, but even associating with students from typical Greek member majors, I have never really heard or encountered anything that makes them better or worse, snubbed or praised, ignored or sought-after. It just shows up on their resumes.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's good, but there always those select few.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Much more social than the dorms. Better prices too.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never had to use it. But i've heard it's great.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wouldn't trade it for the world.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great transportation with affordable costs to anywhere in the valley.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: Packed but very much assumed in a packed college.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Unbelievable academics for the cost of the the education.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Literally endless topics and great professors to choose from.


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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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