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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing is in "happy valley, " so safety is generally high except for minor thefts. The selection is limited because of BYU off-campus housing policies, but the prices are still much better than the on-campus houses. Landlords are varied, but mine is pretty good except that he is a little apathetic. Finding off-campus housing through the school is a joke, so it is best to use other means.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: The sports teams are consistently mediocre. Football games create extra traffic and cause bus routes to change.

Some students and other fans get very excited about sports games. They often yell and revert to acting like animals. The fan-students on campus cheer when BYU wins, and they mourn when U of U wins again.

The most important athletic related thing for students who don't care about the sports games is the effect that the games have on the teachers. They are usually in a better mood when their team wins. However, I earned extra credit once for picking that Baylor would win the basketball game, so even if BYU looses, it is possible to benefit.

2 College Junior

Parking: The parking permits are free, but the bicycle permits cost $1. Free parking means that spots become occupied quickly. BYU got rid of reasonably priced UTA passes in order to make the parking free. This means that cars are much more important and less useful at the same time.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: BYU requires students to have special health insurance at all times. The insurance must be valid in Utah even during the summer at home when home is not in Utah.

The police are violent and rude.

College Freshman

Computers: I own my own computer and print. I have no experience with the school computers.

College Freshman

Scholarships: My student loans are with Sallie Mae - I did not go through the school for this.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In my experience most of the students follow the rules. I am sure there have been incidences that I am not aware of.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Honestly, this was not my first choice of schools to attend. Things changed just before fall semester was to start and reluctantly had no other choice but to attend BYU or not go to school at all. The cost was a big factor in this decision. I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised. I love the school, love the people and love the atmosphere. I think it was the best thing that could have happened for me.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: My favorite place is Zuppas! The food is fresh and healthy. Wish I could eat there for every meal!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I have my own apartment and usually cook for myself. I have noticed there are many options for students though. Occasionally I enjoy breakfast at the student center.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I think it's similar to most anywhere you go. Meaning there are some who are exceptionally good looking and some who are very homely. However, I do feel there are more attractive people at my school. I think it has more to do with the type of people they are. They are clean, well dressed and well mannered. The religious influence plays a big part in this area.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are lots of things to do in the area! Hiking, snow skiing, water skiing, mountain biking, bowling....and list goes on and on. If you just get out the possibilities are endless.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It has been a very cold winter. Coming from the south it has been a nice change of scenery. So far it has not been a negative factor in my experience. If anything it has enhanced it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am only in my second semester so my knowledge is limited regarding my major. To this point I have been very impressed with my classes. Professors are excellent, curriculum seems challenging but good, facilities are excellent and the workload is about what I would expect from a great college.

5 College Freshman

Academics: See previous comments. I think I have covered most of these already.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm pretty sure there are drugs used by some of the students. I would be foolish to think otherwise. But it's not something you see in the open. I have not witnessed use at anytime and have never felt pressure to participate.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I think most of the students who attend BYU have school spirit. We take pride in our school and love to support our teams.

5 College Freshman

Parking: My apartment is right across the street from the campus. I mostly walk to all my classes. Be careful not to park in someone else's designated spot though - the fine is $200!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is awesome! Students love to hang out there. It's a great place to meet new people. The atmosphere is quiet, but not boring. If you stay until closing they have a tradition of blaring the most obnoxious music!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The school is well maintained and beautiful. The social life is exceptional. It's easy to make new friends because most of the students have high moral and academic standards. I love the professors. They are personable and funny and make learning interesting and fun.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I thoroughly enjoy going to BYU. It is a fantastic university with much diversity in its students and teachers. By being involved in the community, I have been able to learn so much about the world around me just from the people I have met. Because I go to a religious university, education is coupled with spirituality and has facilitated my learning greatly.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is practically nonexistent at BYU; I have not heard anything about different groups. It is probable that there is Greek life somewhere at BYU, but I am not aware of it.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It's so nice to live off campus. It's really easy to find good housing and is relatively cheap.

College Student

Transportation: They have buses that go from on campus to all over the city, but I have never used it, so I wouldn't know about the transportation system.

1 College Student

Diversity: There is pretty much no diversity here. Pretty much everyone is white middle class.


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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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