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College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have fraternities nor sororities.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There isn't any Greek life or fraternities/ sororities on campus. The closest thing is a few clubs/ academic honors societies that have managed to follow the rules.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: BYU has superb athletics. Not only the students but everyone else follows them constantly. However, there are also great options for those who don't want as much involvement and just want intramurals- that system is great and friendly.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is awesome and always willing to help and understanding. The Health center is great, they even gave out flu vaccinations this fall.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is tons of options for every type of person and preference. The meal plans work almost everywhere and there food is always well prepared.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a super friendly place. Just next door in Orem is UVU so we meet up a lot because that is where the big Wallmart is. Also in my apartment complex about half of the people actually go there, so we get along well. The views are great and there are always mtns. to climb, hot springs, and the best snowsports in the country.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its all pretty good. There's the normal range of fast food everywhere, but there are also a lot of local diners and some really unique places around. There is an awesome place called Sammie's where on Wed. nights if you where a onesey(pjs) you can get a shake for only a dollar.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are lots of parking spots, but tons more student for them. Plus half of the parking is reserved for faculty. Permits are reasonable, but parking rules are pretty strictly enforced, even on Sundays. Cars on campus are nice, but not necessary- except for shopping- although the bus system works fairly well.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There are tons of computers available on campus- as long as you know where to find them. Printing is great- 7 cents for b/w, and 15 cents for color- with no printing quota. The network is usually pretty good- even finals isn't a total nightmare. However you'll want a personal computer if you don't relish staying in the labs all night.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The application process is super easy and convienent. Pell grants and Fed. loans are always available. However, you have to have really good GPA numbers to even get half tuition, let alone full tuition scholarships. They do have a number of outside donor private scholarships available for application also though.

3 College Freshman

Majors: My program is actually open enrollment. However I have friends in the business and accounting programs, and both of those are extremely difficult to get accepted into. BYU is pretty selective in who they take, but as long as you work hard, and show real passion and initiative, it will all work out.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its a pretty great campus- however, it is not easy to get into the best of the housing- simply luck of the draw. Helaman Housing is not worth it at all. Even though its the oldest and least comfortable/private- it also costs the most because of the required meal plan. The other places are pretty great though- New Heritage is like suite- style living.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of places. You can find the perfect place to suit your personality and preferences. The cost for any place is about average compared to any other college town. The people are way accomodating. Parking isn't always great- just depends on where you're at. The school runs a webpage that takes you to any of the housing options that meet their standards, so you can know if you're getting a decent place or not.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are thousands of students at BYU that come from every place imaginable. One of my best buddies just came here from Ghana, Africa. No one ever has to feel out of place because we are taught to accept people, and there is always dozens of people who can speak your language, no matter where you go.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The campus does rent computers (desktop or laptop) for a decent price though having your own is recommended. There are computers on campus and you can get buy but especially during mid-day or right before classes, there is a big crunch and it can be hard to find one. If you go to a more out-lying lab it will typically be open but around the library or WILK it can be hairy.
Printing is a good price and some places you can get 3 cents per page if it is for class. Network is fine, it can get bogged down and there are some wi-fi dead spots on campus. Overall, BYU tries to have their campus and professors to be up on Tech but it isn't 1st place in the nation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Kind of costly, decent selection but everything shuts down very early. Even the "twilight zone" shuts down at 7pm.
Only place to get food late is off-campus or in overpriced vending machines (which many students use).
Meal plans are required for freshman but expensive for upper-classmen.
Taco Bell and Subway on campus are the most popular.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I studied Exercise Science which is actually a very common major on campus. Most people in that major go onto some kind of health career. It prepares you pretty well but I would recommend PDBio for people interested in Medicine.
I did like the Exercise perspective though because it introduced me to nutrition and public health which is under utilized in our health system.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There are TONS of undergraduate research opportunities which sets BYU apart from other schools. Professors are smart, open and honest though there are a few lemons now and then.
Work load depends on how much you want to get out of school. People who want straight As need to work HARD. People who want Cs can skate by without tons of effort. Rigor is high because BYU likes to place high on rankings, do well on standardized tests and prepare their students for the real world.

I highly recommend an internship or some kind of real-world experience as it really sets you ahead in almost any field you pursue. BYU does a good job of promoting and linking students to those types of experiences.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is the way to go for freshman. Everything is provided for you and your dorms are closer than any parking spot for off-campus students. The new Heritage Halls are NICE and every location has find amenities. It is a bit pricier than off campus because they require you to purchase a meal plan but you will eat well!
It's nice having lots of other people your age, starting college for the first time so social atmosphere is nice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Workout facilities are nice, recently expanded, but still not enough room for all of the very active and fit students on campus (one of the most fit in the nation!)
Football is typically top 25 in the nation and it rakes in TONS of money for home games. Very popular with students. Basketball is very popular but they don't perform as well. Our club sports like lacrosse and rugby always win championships but they don't have a large campus following. School Spirit is ok but people come from all over the country/world and have spent time away on missions or at other campuses and aren't die-hard BYU fans.

Intramurals has over 10,000 participants a year and is just as popular. Tons of activities and variety and fun. Highly Recommended.

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.


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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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