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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Cougareat has Subway, TacoBell, a burger place, a pizza place (my fav) a salad place, and an a la carte area. The Cannon Center is basically a buffet - the best are the Raspberry Rolls and the Self-made Waffles. There's also two nicer restaurants on campus, but save those for date nights.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It is difficult, but the intention is to weed out people who don't have the motivation to follow through or make a significant contribution to the program during their time here. I'd say, if this is where you're supposed to be, you'll be able to figure out a way to make it work.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are tons of great majors here with people to help you. The only thing I wish were better was having no major. There's a pressure to make a decision and stick with it, and knock out classes and credits in order to graduate. So if you can pick a program, you are already off to a great start.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm currently a Journalism Premajor. All the professors I have had have spent years as professionals in journalism and broadcasting. Class sizes are small and teachers are happy to be teaching. There are tons of opportunities on campus to hear from visiting professionals and alumni who have succeeded in the field. BYU has a great reputation, and if you put some effort into networking, you have a great chance of going somewhere.

4 College Junior

Athletics: BYU has great athletic programs and student athletic facilities and programs. All gyms, pools and sporting equipment is free for students. Also, our competitive teams rank among some of the best in the country.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Because the city mostly revolves around the university, there are a lot of unique places to eat both on and around campus.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It's a Latter Day Saint school, so the "night life" is rather limited. If you are willing to do things that don't involve alcohol then there is plenty that you can find around town to do.

5 College Senior

Academics: The science and engineering programs are top notch. The professors are great and the programs really prepare you for careers and graduate school. In addition, BYU is in the top 10 for admissions to both medical school and graduate school.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Students are required to follow the honor code, which doesn't allow drugs or alcohol.

5 College Senior

Academics: The academic programs are on par with other top schools. The science and engineering programs in particular are highly ranked and prepare students for careers and graduate school.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are very serious at BYU. The professors are well versed in their material and know their stuff. Students are expected to work hard, and if they don't they'll have to suffer the consequences. The general education requirements are a bit tedious and difficult, but the curricula set up for each major are very well done.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: Provo is a tiny town full of college students who are mostly members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The standards of the Church prohibit drinking, smoking, and other self-destructive activity. There are plenty of safe and wholesome campus activities, but not much that most of the world would recognize as "nightlife".

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities on campus are nice. The buildings are well-maintained, staff members are helpful and kind, and there are always campus activities going on. Campus has a nice vibe and you can find all kinds of people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's overpriced for what it is, if you stay in Helaman. Try to get a spot in New Heritage.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I love all of the facilities, except for the practice rooms in the music school building. Those are passable, but less than ideal.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I understand most of the rules but some of them are a little bit unreasonable, such as guys/girls visiting hours in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is fairly good. The cannon center provides you with tons of food buffet style, but different nights are better than others. Legends grill is good food, but is sometimes slow. I eat at the Wilk most often because it's good and quick!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students are very passionate about attending games. The athletics are competitive in most sports. Girls soccer is definitely a fun time!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: BYU is great place for anyone who wants to have the standards that the LDS church likes to uphold. It is brilliant for me, I love that everyone has roughly the same standards as me. That is what sets BYU apart from other schools. We have one thing that ties the entire student body together, the gospel. Even those who attend, who are not members share in the spirit that is felt on campus... But its not super duper overwhelming. I was afraid it would be when I started coming to school. While there are some fanatics, mostly its just a group of young adults who want to be a positive influence on the world and have fun! We have Harry Potter, Hunger games, ugly sweater parties and even random dance parties! Its so fun!

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I came to BYU for the Library and athletic centers. The Library is amazing! It has a couple levels under ground...WITH MOVING BOOK SHELVES. There are always lots of people around, but plenty of room to study. The RB is what we call the athletic center and its pretty nice too. There is a big pool, lots of racquetball courts, basketball, and places to play soccer. When the weather is nice, and even when it isnt, there are always people outside playing games and being active. It is a really fun environment to be in!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: BYU is not the greatest spot for drinking parties and the sort of stuff I think this survey is asking about... However it is a great place to be! I think students are mostly responsible for making their own fun. There are a couple of dance clubs to go to that are pretty fun, apartment parties and school sanctioned events. I think it is an incredibly fun atmosphere and I wouldn't change it for anything!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It doesn't really have anything special. It has what most other cities have. What is neat is the Provo Canyon with a small ski resort

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: BYU is a religious college, therefore the majority of students are the same religion, LDS. The majority are white as well. There are a small percentage of international and non-LDS students though.

3 College Junior

Parking: Recently they have made parking on campus (in the few specified student lots) free. Unfortunately, there are not many places to park, and those few lots fill up very quickly and early on in the day.
Most students live close enough to walk to campus in about 20 min or less.
Tickets are given very quickly. Do not park anywhere you are not permitted to, even for a few min. If you live close to campus, it is probably not even worth planning on driving since you will spend more time hunting for a spot than you would spend walking to campus.
However, parking is now free for students so it wouldn't hurt to register your car so you can park on campus if you need to! I tend to only park during midterms/finals weeks since I am constantly going on and off campus for reviews and tests.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are actually a lot of computer labs on campus. The main ones that everyone knows about in the library tend to be really crowded, but there are labs all over campus that usually have plenty of room.
I believe there is a computer lab in every (or at least most) buildings. There are Mac and PC labs, that all have printers available for students to use for a small fee. There are even computer labs that you can reserve a seat at ahead of time if you know you are going to need to work on something specific during a busy time like finals. But I have never had to reserve a spot, there is always a computer open somewhere.


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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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