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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Weather: Great summertime weather perfect for swimming or camping. Winter can be cold, especially in February, but with a thick coat it is bearable. Most professors will be lenient on showing up late for bad weather conditions.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places close by, and also a little farther away from campus, but a lot of friends and students have cars, so all are readily accessible.

3 College Junior

Transportation: A bus will get you to major places, and a train up to Salt Lake City recently opened, but a large portion of students live outside of this area. Bus times are sparse, but easily accessible online.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They have a strict policy but it's there to help students become better.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: They provide many scholarships for academic performance, diversity, essay contests and more. The best way to get financial aid is to be willing to speak with a counselor so you can be aware of the opportunities available and receive help in applying for them.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The students come from so many different backgrounds it's amazing. You don't really see it at face value. Only when you begin to talk to students and work closely with them do you find out what countries they're from, their childhood, their struggle or ease to get to school and so forth.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Cannon Center can get really boring, especially if you eat every meal there. There are a ton of fast food places like Subway and Chick-fil-a on campus. The vending machines are also amazing and supply everything from apples and sandwiches to ice cream. BYU also has grocery stores on campus with everything you could need.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BYU is probably the safest college there is! The students are required to follow an Honor Code which includes things like not drinking or doing drugs. This means there are a lot less creepy people, because everyone lives really high standards. The campus police are also really helpful, and you can get a police escort if you feel unsafe going somewhere, like at night.

3 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer it is great and really beautiful and hot. But it snows in the winter which is a pain.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good grades and test scores are one of the biggest influences on financial aid. Applying for the school automatically applies you for school sponsored scholarships your first year.

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.


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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
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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