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Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UVU is really close, and it's not uncommon for UVU and BYU students to live together in off-campus housing. Provo is big enough that it's got everything you need, but I personally like driving up to Salt Lake for a more fun environment. There's not much to do down here, besides go to the mall, or go to the ice rink, or drive up to Sundance. Salt Lake provides a lot more entertainment value.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are literally no safely concerns here. I mean, if you're from small-town Utah and Provo is a big city for you, then I wouldn't recommend hanging out by the Amtrak station alone, but coming from a large, urban area, Provo is seriously nothing. I feel totally comfortable walking anywhere here alone at night.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is Wifi spread pretty much all over campus, but it's extremely inconsistent and not reliable at all. It's really frustrating. Tech support isn't all that helpful either.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The BYU facilities really are great. As a student-athlete, the new Student Athlete Building is amazing and provides so many benefits to student-athletes like mentoring and tutoring that is really helpful. There is also a great intermural program and student activities like Pilates and Yoga that are really popular. The library is INCREDIBLE, one of the best in the nation to my understanding. Literally, it has anything you could possibly need to study.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think the most unique part of BYU is the ability to attend a respected university and feel no pressure to lower your standards. If anything, I've felt pressure to raise my standards because there are just so many people here that have accomplished so much not just spiritually, but in academics, in sports, in art and many other avenues. It's a conglomeration of some of the best and brightest minds, and that is refreshing coming from a public high school where little if anyone cared about education and their future.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The social aspect is not as great as I'd hoped, and the winter is cold, but overall I think the experience of being at BYU cannot be duplicated anywhere. I cannot emphasize enough how great the academics are, and the people here are some of the friendliest and most genuine people in the world. It's an exciting place to be.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a psych major, and the Psychology program here is great. It's the largest major on campus, but it's also one of the shortest, and is conducive to graduating in three years. There are so many great things happening within the psych department: there's free tutoring in Psych Central, the SONA research lab where upperclassmen conduct research and underclassmen act as test subjects, and our very own MRI lab. Not to mention the psych professors are well-known to be some of the most knowledgable and entertaining on campus, making them really great options as mentors and future recommendation letter writers for grad school.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at BYU are bar-none. I've loved every class I've taken, even ones that are on the opposite side of the spectrum from my interests. The combination of secular and spiritual education is so uplifting, and really gives you the right perspective in the classroom. The University Core has also been so enriching for me, as I've learned so much about subjects that I never would have taken before.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Downtown Provo has a few good little bars and stuff where some local bands play, and Center St. has a fair amount of options for things to do. There are some cool dance parties in the convention center downtown, too.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: If you're coming to BYU, you probably fall under the typical stereotypes too. 98% LDS, mostly of white, middle-class background. There are exceptions of course, and I've met a fair amount of international students, but it's not exactly what I would call diverse.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The tuition here is cheap anyways, but the financial aid process is no hassle at all. I qualified for both federal and institutional financial aid, and the office was great with handling my questions about aid. The online Financial Center is also very convenient and easy as well.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Frontrunner (train) is great for connecting you to the Salt Lake TRAX system to travel anywhere within the Salt Lake area, and it's really cheap, but the station is inconveniently about 2 miles away, which means you either have to go on a very long walk, or find a ride to the station. The bus system is not reliable or convenient at all, and renting a car from the Hertz on Demand system is really expensive. Your best bet is to get rides from friends with cars if you want to go anywhere off campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lot's of restaurants and many different options within a college budget.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends on where you live. North of campus is nicer, but south of campus is more social

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of hotties in every major. Pretty much a guy for any girls' type.

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The Clarillon The Clarillon The BYU Clarillon stands as one of the landmarks of the BYU campus. Every hour it rings out a tune from the hymn "Come Come Ye Saints."
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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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