Provo, UT
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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of places to eat. Lots of fast food and sit down places. Decent variety of ethnic places but a campus like UWashington would take the cake for eats. On campus food is alright. Decent options. Overpriced though.
Prices are fine, student discounts are ok. I love costa vida the best personally but it can get pretty pricey. Subway is a mainstay for most students and is very affordable. Taco Bell on campus is always busy and very cheap.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: If you arrive to campus early in a car you can find most any spot. Past 9am it is very difficult and you will be walking at least 15 minutes. Student parking is lowest priority and you will almost always have to walk up 100+ stairs and more than 10 minutes after parking. Enforcement is so-so. You can get away with parking in a faculty spot pretty easy but that's not very classy. Fines are reasonable and there are no permits available. Biking is much much faster (bike racks right outside buildings). Not a great commuter school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a pretty big city (over 100,000 people) and especially in the area around campus there are lots of places to eat or play. Lots of comedy clubs, places to dance, activity centers, outdoor activities and shopping.
The driving is a little hectic and the community is dominated by Mormons so nice, clean neighborhoods for the most part but lots of similar ideologies and opinions. No major sports teams (salt lake has an MLS team and minor league baseball) but BYU sports are pretty big. Football and Basketball is really fun to attend but so are almost all of the other university sports.
Not much interaction with other universities.

1 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Most shops close at 9pm. The only place to go is grocery stores, the movies or some restaurants. the community and almost all of campus doesn't drink to nightlife is not a thriving market or scene in Provo, UT.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I think this is one place the BYU could really improve upon. Because it is a religious university there are many things that come with that including a very conservative, heterosexual culture. I do feel though that the majority of campus is very kind, loving and excepting though because there is one dominant religion it is hard to understand and reach out to other who believe differently. I personally grew tired of all the ignorance and spoon-fed conservative garbage I heard on campus all the time but the students are very committed, hard-working, kind, loving traditional people.
Lots of white, middle-class kids. There is a democrat club and growing support for feminism and LGBT.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The only real transportation is UTA which is a very average bus system. It has decent routes and locations and a fairly frequent schedule but it is way overpriced and the university stopped subsidizing bus passes a few years ago. Most housing is within walking or biking distance so most of campus just gets to school that way. Lots of people drive but there are too few spots close to campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I think for those who choose to go to BYU and understand the Honor Code and what it means to be a responsible, college adult should have no problem with the strictness of the campus. I suppose it might make young people try to grow up too fast but I think overall it is a really great school with a positive atmosphere and you need some discipline and supervision to make that possible.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: NO Greek life. I think it is a very positive think as there are many negative things that come with frats and sororities.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I know there are some things that happen underground but every student signs the Honor Code which does not allow any student to smoke, drink or use drugs. 97% or more of campus is LDS and the religion similarly forbids use of those substances. You won't find a cleaner campus in the nation.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it. Honestly, overall it has been such an incredible experience. I love learning what I want to learn and having professors that actually know what they are talking about. The accounting program is phenomenal and Professor Stice is an incredible professor that makes anyone want to learn accounting. The social life is big and there is always something going on, as long as you don't stay in your room you will meet lots of people.

4 College Freshman

Weather: You get all four seasons. Autumn is really beautiful and it is really nice and warm through until October and in the spring, but taking this I'm from Canada. The winter is mild but you get snow and it's not too cold and not too windy. The Mountains are close and it's sunny a lot of the time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Meal plans are okay. There are many places on campus you can eat but nothing to extraordinary or excellent. The food is good but you can get sick of it easily. The variety is not the greatest, the value is pretty good but just off campus there are lots of good places. J dawgs, The awful waffle, Roll it Up etc. For the Dining Dollars Blue meal plan though with any extra money you can use it at the creamery to buy pots and tools and things other than food that you can use the next semester or during the semester which comes in handy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are great for social life because there is always something going on almost every night but they are small and they are dorms so you do have to deal with people and sharing a building. The dorms are about a ten minute walk from campus- or the main part. You get to know a lot of people in the dorms so it's really fun but you are almost never alone.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers available to rent as well as many computer labs on campus that are very accessible as well as places for print jobs and printing and printers available in numerous buildings and many of them can be found. There is reliable wireless access in every building.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The city is pretty small so I feel like everything is accessible for the most part. There are shuttles that can pick you up as well as taxis somewhat close. I have no experience with the taxis but I imagine they are not difficult. Lots of places are walking distance or biking distance and close by is a frontrunner train that can take you to many other major cities.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: The Cannon Center can be pretty bad on some days, but some days it rocks, and the Creamery has a lot of options for those who cook their own food.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: BYU doesn't see many accidents, and the police on campus are usually on top of things.

4 College Student

Facilities: Lots of successful varsity sports teams and club teams. Nice people, with some fun things to do.

4 College Student

Facilities: BYU has some of the greatest facilities in all of the United States.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The town itself is pretty average, but a lot of people are nice, and there's usually stuff to do.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on price you are willing to pay in the end

2 College Student

Parking: Parking is a very bad thing about campus, no space

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Your average mid-sized college town, fast food etc

3 College Student

Transportation: People usually walk, cars are for long distance.

3 College Student

Nightlife: LDS school = few wild parties, students are fun.


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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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