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Reviews 4754 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Majors: Internships at BYU are great. They are tough and require work, yet enable students to enjoy and learn from them. Although unpaid, a lot of the time they are subsidized to help students with real intent go abroad or get a prestigious scholarship. The Cambodian international development internship took a lot of daytime but left night times free.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Surprisingly, there is a lot of ethnic and cultural diversity at BYU - more than people give it credit for. Although there are a lot of white, conservative Americans there are quite a few foreign students come to study and participate here. However, there are a lot of stereotypes due to the fact that, looking around, it does not appear so.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my major was relatively easy. There was no special application process and one could apply anytime, before or after applying to the school. Personally, I went through two years of school before declaring my major at which time I went into the academic advisor, meet with her, and, after a brief interview, was an international relations major. No essay, no requirements, no hassle.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are always activities going on and almost everybody goes to them. Rugby, volleyball, girls soccer are best in country

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to eat, most of them cheap because of the colleges in the area, but also many nice restaurants if you want to go on a nice date

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never feel threatened on campus, security is great.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The honor code says it all, it is always enforced.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: BYU is a pretty homogeneous group of people, but I would never say that it isn't tolerant or accepting of others. I think because it is a private religious school that expects strict adherence to certain commandments, that you generally have quite a bit in common with a person though you might be from different countries. I did not feel like I was stunted in personal growth by any lack of diversity.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is always fun stuff going on, especially per apartment complex. Everyone seems to keep the social life alive at BYU. There is definitely not much bar/club scenes by Provo, but people still have a ton of fun at events, house parties, and the commercial strips nearby.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of great places to live, but landlords can make all the difference. Definitely look at reviews on websites to see what they say about the managers. The prices are expensive for a place like Provo, but not crazy compared to other college towns.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Games are always fun, but football and basketball ALWAYS disappoint. EVERY YEAR

1 College Junior

Parking: There is always parking... if you want to walk 15 minutes. You can usually find a closer spot if you just roam the lots for 15 minutes or so. I always walk to school though.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of attractive girls, but you have to compete with a bunch of tools to get them. But, I found my wife here so it can be done!

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty strict. I don't like every rule, but you know what you sign up for. Make sure you shave before a test...

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on BYU campus. Everyone is very friendly and it is a beautiful, safe place to live

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm currently studying linguistics and I love the programs. They offer a pretty wide range of course and they seems to be constantly developing the program.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on campus. I've never seen any crime or felt unsafe in any way.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university police are looking for excuses to get people in trouble

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most everyone is a white LDS Mormon kid, but there are quite a few Hispanics and Polynesians around.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The library computers are great! I wish the load times on other computers around were better

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public Transportation isnt very big in Utah. It is improving but it has a long way to go. As such, everyone uses cars and that creates a problem for parking. There could always be more parking at BYU.

4 College Senior

Academics: Academics at BYU are above average. The LDS culture puts a great emphasis on learning and teaching and it reflects at BYU.

4 College Senior

Academics: In the LDS culture academics are HUGE. There is a great emphasis on the quality of teaching. It reflects at BYU and the teaching is superb.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I usually eat at the same places: Subway, Taco Bell, Quiznos, Jamba Juice etc... There are a lot of options but they are not always in locations that people commonly travel. If you are willing to look you can find ANYTHING you could ever want.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation can get you just about anywhere you need to go. Busses are frequent and there's even a train that will take you to Salt Lake City. The busses don't run very late, however, and don't run at all on Sundays. Also, student semester passes are pretty expensive (about $200).


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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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