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Provo, UT
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$4,710
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3 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is pretty homogenous. There is some diversity but not much. Most people are conservative, and heterosexual. The campus is mostly caucasian, but there are some non-caucasian students. Most people are LDS, but there are some who are not.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs and availability. The wireless network is reliable, and it's easy to connect to the network if you have a laptop. Printing is kind of expensive, but if you have a printer at your apartment and use that, it's easy enough.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Brigham Young University doesn't allow any drugs or alcohol, and if students are found using these substances, they are kicked out of school. So a rating isn't applicable.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Utah Transit Authority is fairly decent. It has transportation to many parts of Utah. It is fairly consistent. The biggest problem is the price. Utah Vally University has a deal with UTA to get inexpensive yearly passes for the buses, TRAX and Frontrunner. BYU also has special deal with UTA to get semester passes for slightly less than the normally high priced passes. It is much too expensive. UVU has a much better deal.

If you live close to campus, transportation is not too much of a problem because walking is not hard.

5 College Junior

Majors: My application process to get into the computer science program was marking my intended major in a check box for my admissions paper when transferring. I encountered no problems. I just got in. My advice for admission would be to take intro to programming (CS 142). If you think you would like to apply for the major, you should apply. Unless you want to apply for the animation emphasis, applying is all you need to do.

4 College Junior

Majors: The computer science major is a good one to choose. The program is pretty good, and the professors and TA's are usually pretty helpful and supportive.

If I could do it over again, I would start earlier.

In the cs building, there is a monitor that shows charts with the supplies of the new graduating students from multiple technical fields with the demands for new jobs in those fields. The charts show most of the technical fields with far more supply than demand except for cs. The caption is "Yes, CS has the jobs!" With all of the recruiters that come to BYU, finding a cs job should not be hard. The hard part would be finding the best cs jobs.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The on campus housing price is very high. Don't be fooled by the Helaman Halls price. It is actually double the listed price because there are no kitchens at Helaman Halls and residents are required to purchase an overpriced meal plan.

Wyview Park is special in that utilities are charged separately.

The old Heritage Halls each had names of their own and were sturdy although a little cold. The new buildings are much newer, bigger, but they are also flimsier (you are more likely to get charged for damages because it they are easier to damage and are newer). Each dorm has a kitchen, and each building has coin operated laundry (the new ones have discounts for using the signature card for laundry). A decent RA will make life easier, but a bad RA will be a major annoyance.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: If you are a transfer student, you will probably not get a scholarship from BYU. You should still be able to get pell-grant if you are poor, but don't expect anything else except for loans and extra fees. Keep in mind that you must be wealthy enough to have health insurance to attend BYU, and paying tuition is made more difficult when payments made toward tuition get transferred to the BYU Health Plan instead.

The tuition is nice, but if you want to get a scholarship, you need to start BYU as a freshman and get very good grades. If you want pell-grant, you should be poor.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: BYU could have been a good school if there weren't so many problems. The computer science program is pretty good, and there are many good opportunities for cs students such as career fairs and other recruiting events. It is a good environment full of people with decent morals.

The biggest problems are the crooks in the various levels of bureaucracy that add hidden charges to unsuspecting students. The bureaucracy is exempt from the honor code that is supposed to be for all students and employees.

If the university didn't have the crooks and fraud artists, I would consider going to BYU again if given the choice. As it stands, I would rather pick a school that followed it's own honor code.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: On campus dining is a joke. It is over priced (and required for students living at Helaman Halls). The meal plans might work for wealthy students or students with wealthy parents, but it is much more cost effective to eat at home.

There are several option for students who can afford campus dining. The creamery has a popular restaurant that serves fried food and ice cream. There are several chains at the Cougareat (it can get very busy around lunch time). The variety is decent.

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.

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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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