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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.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The students love each other and connect easily.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: As students at BYU, we are all required to sign the Honor code. Basically, it states what we should and shouldn't do, and we sign it--promising to keep by the standards set, on our honor. It is enforced in the dorms most of all, pertaining to visiting hours between boys and girls, and things like that. It is also enforced in places like the testing center, where cheating is not tolerated. But elsewhere, it is up to you to keep the honor code and make sure you are doing right--and it actually is not a problem for most students to follow.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: There are always several parties going on around campus, and even some sponsored by the school, but seeing as we are an LDS school, none of us students drink or do drugs. The parties are all about the social interactions and the dancing. Although they are mostly house parties, there are also several places in and around Provo that cater to us students' need for parties and fun. Public transportation, driving, or walking will get you anywhere.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are several bus stops around the area and on campus that go almost everywhere in Provo, and are easy to access for those who live farther away. There is also a bus transfer station nearby which transfers you to busses that go both north to Salt Lake City, or south to Spanish Fork. There is also a passenger train nearby that can take you north to Salt Lake, or to the airport. Transportation is very accessible

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think considering the fact that the institution is based on a religion, this college is incredibly open. Though the diversity religiously may not be startling, they keep an open mind to others. And I personally have many friends in my major who are gay and as long as they follow the same standards the school has set a part, they're fine! As far as ethnicity and culture, I love how many international students I seem to meet all the time! It makes for a really interesting learning environment

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not a sports person in the slightest, but I've been to some games this year, and they're great! Super fun environment and tons of Cougar pride! The football team isn't great and the best teams get hardly any attention, but the facility is great and the spirit it pretty high. GO COUGS!

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Of all complaints, parking is the worst thing. I hate that you have a limit to the tickets you can get before they BAN you from campus parking! Also, there's no parking for undergrads. None. A-lots surrounding every building for teachers, but nothing for any undergrad (who are the majority of the population at the school). The fees aren't crazy and permits are free, but I can't walk to campus, I live too far! I have to drive!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I chose my school for a reason. I got scholarships other places, but here was where I loved! I love the religious aspect because as a person raised with others always against me, I feel like I can relax. I feel at home. The campus is GORGEOUS! Full of color and life and always alive with activities that are cheap enough even poor college students can attend! Not to mention the amazing groups like the one I'm a part of, the Young Ambassadors. Because of this performing group, I get to tour Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam! In fact, most students I know on campus have either toured with a group in another country, or gone on a study abroad. My school is great at providing unique experiences! I would absolutely pick this school all over again!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Wyview, freshman housing, for about a year. I absolutely loved it! I loved that it felt more like an apartment than freshman housing, and I think its smart to have an option like that available for those who don't want to live in a dorm like situation. The social atmosphere was great, always tons to do and be a part of, it was a little far from campus, but it was easy to pay my rent and I loved the location because it felt more like off campus housing, with the protection a freshman needs

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining is just "eh" for me. The Cannon is alright, but gets old pretty fast, and then the Cougareat has about five different fast food places, but frequenting Taco Bell, Chick Fil A and Subway also gets a bit boring. I wish there was more variety of places you could use your meal plan, because I spend a LOT of money each semester eating off-campus when I'm already paying a lot for on-campus food. It just gets boring.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Definitely lots of preppy, clique-y quintessential Mormons, but if you don't fit into their category, there are plenty of us (there are 30,000 students after all) that don't fit the mold. I would say for the most part dating is a huge thing, but it's mostly initiated by shameless girls, which is kinda weird.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic scene at BYU is the best. All the athletes get to know each other, and are friends or acquaintances for the most part. Football and men's volleyball games especially are so cool, and a lot of fun. For regular students, the RB has plenty of great programs for people to get involved. The intramural sports teams are really popular, and there are lots of student activity (StAC) and dance classes that people register for to stay active. You can also purchase a wristband for the semester and attend Zumba/Pilates/Yoga classes every week.

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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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