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Provo, UT
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28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is a very safe area, and there's a lot to do around town. It has a very Mormon Culture.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: BYU has a very strict honor code but its for the best of all the students. If you are an upstanding person, you won't have any problems with it and everything will be fine.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is nice but there is usually rain and snow during the fall and winter. If you dress up for the weather, it's completely bearable.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Helaman Halls is where I lived and it's a fantastic place to live. The Cannon has great food, the dorms are in good condition, there is a great social life there, and it's a great way to spend freshman year.

4 College Junior

Parking: I don't use a car on campus and I get around just fine. You can always use a friend's car if you need it.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The application process for financial aid is very simple and they reward a lot of people from what I gather.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is free as long as one registers with the school but there is very little parking available on campus for students.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a good weight room and sporting events are usually very well attended. There are intramural sports in which students can participate.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The labs are usually very crowded and the servers crash a lot and cause headaches.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a college town with so much to do. Brigham Young University and also Utah Valley University are located fairly close and there is shopping and restaurants all close by. In the summer there is Seven Peaks water park and in the winter there is many snow activities available. Everyone here is very friendly and it is such an awesome place to live!

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs with excellent equipment all over campus. There are also a lot of areas for study with opportunities to hook up your own computer. There are always staff at the labs ready to help, and there are plenty of places to make photocopies etc. There is even a place where you can laminate anything, get posters etc.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: BYU is one of the safest campuses in the country. It is a sober school so there are rarely parties that get out of hand. There are University police available and alarm phones placed around campus. Rarely if ever did I hear of a crime being committed on or around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a great town. There are shopping malls in the area, and all different kinds of grocery stores. Because it is a sober school there are a lot of fun places around town with various activities: bowling, arcades, movie theaters (including a dollar theater), music clubs etc. There are also numerous hiking opportunities and great places to camp or have bonfires. There is also the Provo River, great for fishing. Salt Lake City is 40 minutes away on the freeway, with lots of other fun things.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are plenty of dining options on the BYU campus. No matter what building you are in, there is a place to eat nearby. And there is a great variety of foods as well - from Taco Bell to a great culinary feast at the Museum of Art. There are also plenty of seats to eat, so finding a place is never a problem.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Going to any varsity sport game at BYU is really fun. There are always a lot of people there, and the cheering is friendly, and rarely leads to anything negative. Both football and basketball are huge sports on campus, and people will go even if they are not that into sports. The Lavell Edwards stadium and the Marriot Center are excellent arenas.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Well, we have lots of cultures, but its predominantly fed from the Utah and LDS community. One day it will be very different, as missionary work has exploded and kids will want to come to the famous BYU.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: The only "drugs" I've ever encountered here are caffeine and Ibuprofen. We're clean and happily so! Even then, there is always a scowl when someone mentions "Mountain Dew". ;)

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I don't think you'll find a safer place, really. With all the students living the honor code and practically all LDS, it's like you're encompassed in a good environment all the time. Not to mention the posted emergency stations here and there around campus-- it's easy access if you want an escort.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing has a HUGE selection, which is nice; getting references from friends who have lived there before often determines if someone moves in or not OR they just take their chances because the ad looks good and they'll investigate. I marked the grade down because a lot of the housing units experience bad management, care, or simply aren't reaching the ideal for rental housing.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am in a relatively uncompetitive major, Landscape Management, so getting into the major was simply a matter of going in and signing up/discussing with a counselor.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It is pretty competitive, but there are many opportunities to receive assistance. The school has a good scholarship program, and there is a lot of good info online. I'd suggest becoming familiar with those resources, and going in to talk to a counselor.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: I'm giving BYU a C, simply because if you grade nightlife according to the opportunities to drink, etc, then it is very low. BYU students are required to sign and "honor code" which prohibits such activities, so there are relatively few available. There are many activities/opportunities to have fun and party, but without the use of alcohol or typical "clubbing".

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a nice variety of off-campus housing around BYU. If you are looking for something particular in price, size, etc. you can usually find it. They are also inexpensive, depending on whether you are willing to share a room and where in proximity to campus you'd like to live. I've always had a good experience. BYU usually provides a "guide" to the off-campus housing that is available for students to read.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Obviously no campus is perfect, but BYU is comparatively safe. I've always received assistance or help when I've needed it. Campus crime, etc. is particularly low-key due partly to the conservative nature of the city, the "honor code" students are required to live by, and similar precautions. You can find trouble if you look for it though.

4 College Senior

Majors: The Special Education program at BYU is very competitive, if you want to get into it you better have done all of the things required on the application, observation hours are key. You just need to fill out an application on-line and submit it by the deadline and they department will get back to you within 2-3 weeks to let you know the status of the application. It is super simple but you need to make sure you look at it before you start applying.

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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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