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Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is soooo much variety. More people live off campus than on.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's too cold and too dry in the winter. But I'm from Texas, so maybe my opion is skewed... The weather is GORGEOUS in summer.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Tuition is super cheap to begin with, and we have a ton of scholarships.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have frats or sororities. It's great.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: GO COUGARS! Even if you don't give a crap about sports (like me), get a season pass and go to games with people. It's so much fun.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's a remarkably safe campus. Of course, things still happen sometimes, so don't be an idiot. Lock your door and don't go on dates with creepy men.

The student health center is super awesome and we're right by the hospital/emergency room.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Get a friend with a car.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a cool college town. I wouldn't want to live here for the rest of my life simply because it is not the best city for my career aspirations, but it's a good town.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We're all mormon. No one does that. For real. Ok, that's an overstatement. Not everyone is LDS and not everyone who is LDS lives like they are. Some people drink, and some people smoke pot, but it is a drastic minority, and it doesn't happen on campus. At all. Ever. It's awesome.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Definitely live in the dorms (Helaman Halls) as a freshman. It's seriously the best. You will make so many more friends that way, and you may think you want to cook and clean for yourself your first semester but you will regret it if you do. Your whole life will be transitioning and you will plenty to worry about without that added stress. Leave that for later. It is also wicked close to all of your classes.

The other on campus housing is Heritage Halls (like on campus apartments). There is old Heritage and new Heritage. New heritage is massive, but when I lived there I felt like it was too big to keep clean if you have messy roommates. It also feels a little hotel-ish rather than super homey. If you prefer the more modern look then you might love it.

Old Heritage is, well, old, but it's way close to your classes and smaller for cleaning purposes. It's also homey-er and not to mention cheaper than new Heritage.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a MEDIA ARTS major aka FILM. You are only allowed to apply twice and a lot of people don't get in until the second try, if at all. I got in the first time, and it was a demanding application. However, if you really belong in the film industry, then the application should be fun. I really enjoyed it. Just don't leave it until the last minute if you ever want to sleep again.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a MEDIA ARTS major aka FILM. It's a fantastical program, but it's a critical studies program, not a practical program. If you do the BYU Media Arts program and take advantage of the practical opportunities and courses we do have then you will still learn a ton and be able to work in the industry. Another option is start out here to get an amazingly strong theoretical foundation and then do another practical film program for grad school. You will be a better filmmaker for having been through our critical studies program first.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: If you're in the HFAC (the massive labyrinth of a Fine Arts Building) or the JKB (a somewhat smaller labyrinth of a building) then the internet gets a little spotty on the lower floors. For the most part though it's pretty fast and reliable. Tech support has always been able to solve any problem I've had and you can always find a computer on campus if you need one. They're in almost every building. I would still highly recommend having your own laptop if possible for convenience. The printers are also really cheap and we can get tons of discounted software. A lot of the classrooms are getting really high tech as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of people don't know about all of the really cool, cheap, hole in the wall restaurants in Provo so they think there isn't anything. Walk around downtown Provo (just a few blocks from campus) in the evening and you will find a ton of cool places.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors are fantastic. They expect you to work hard and be intelligent and literate. If you study and stay on top of the homework, you will be fine and learn a ton.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Parking is brutal because it's meant to be a walking campus and there is limited space. The midnight rule in the dorm lobbies is brutal. Who is going to have sex in the lobby? No one. Well, ok, maybe there is someone who would. But if they're going to have sex, they're going to have sex, and kicking them out of the dorm is not going to stop them. Just sayin'. Beard cards are actually really easy to get though. I've never seen anyone get turned away because of how they're dressed except in the library occasionally or the testing center. Just know that they MEAN the honor code.

5 College Freshman

Academics: BYU is academically rigorous. It is a nationally recognize university. The professors are friendly and eager to help students.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is an issue that is slowly being remedied. There are an increasing number of international students. However, the majority of the school population is still Caucasian. While many people are friendly and welcoming toward difference, there are judgemental people. Especially toward homosexuality. This is a major area that needs improvement.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Provo mostly has chain food places, though there are some nice restaurants. There aren't student discounts in most off-campus restaurants.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi can be very spotty and you may not get any signal depending on where you are. Computer labs are fine.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always campus events going on. Various performances from BYU students and from touring groups.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have sororities or fraternities at BYU. This doesn't apply.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of school spirit when it comes to sports. A lot of support for football, basketball, rugby and other sports events.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: BYU does have an honor code policy, however students are made aware of this during the application process and agree to it before applying. It adds to the great spirit of the campus, though some students can be very self righteous about it. It doesn't affect your learning experience negatively. Lowers rates of partying and increases the focus on academic and service pursuits.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are great scholarship and grant opportunities. Make sure to fill out your fasfa and apply to any scholarship you think may fit you.

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Caitlin Bronson
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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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