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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: A Lot of Labs – The computers all work great. the printers work well as well. they have a lot around campus. There are a lot of labs and computers but they still get busy around finals and midterms. I think everyone should have their own computer. It makes life so much easier but it isn't a necessity.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its Better Than Ok – Its bipolar. The sun is nice but most days of the week have wind. It snows a lot in winter but the grounds crews do a super good job of keeping the sidewalks clear of snow and ice. It's not too bad, just cold.

4 College Senior

Majors: Landscape Management Review – I really enjoy the Landscape Management program at BYU. The teachers are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The other students are also very friendly and helpful. Our program is unique because we learn many aspects of landscaping and not just design; we learn soils, plants, design, and maintenance just to name some general aspects.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of reasonably priced off-campus places to eat. There are a number of Mexican restaurants as well common national chains. There is a lack of good Chinese food in the area but there are some places with Chinese food.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: NO DRUGS – There are almost no drugs on BYU campus. Because its a church school those who do do drugs do not want to be recognized for it

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – Pretty much the most serious offense is to ride your bike during class breaks

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: The walk is a lot farther than expected and you definitely need a bike to commute back and forth. It is cheaper but you pay for the convenience of not being right on campus. It is good to get away from all the activities and craziness on campus but being close would be better than not.

3 College Student

Parking: Lots of People – BYU is just a large school that keeps growing and it's hard to keep up with parking. For people bringing cars it isn't that spendy to register your car and parking is fairly good around campus depending on where you need to go.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Bustling Businesses – There are is a huge variety of businesses from restaurants to recreational that there is a lot to do and never be board. Provo is never a boring place with tons of attractions and things to do.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is extreme in the summer and winter months, but snow, sun, and other problems are solved with A/C rooms, snow cleaning crews, and excellent grounds maintenance

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is cheap, but that means in quality and price. By mandate, all students must live within a 2 mile radius of campus, unless excruciating circumstances dictate otherwise. This means landlords can be very lax about the quality of service they offer and when disputes arise, they almost always win against students.

However, if you are willing to pay more, housing can be a positive experience. It is easy to see that certain types of people live in certain places, so if you align your personality with your apartment, you can have a great time with great people

College Junior

Campus Strictness: Very Strict – BYU is strict in the sense that it maintains a high standard for it's students. All students must sign an honor code that entails no drinking, smoking, drugs, promiscuity, or cheating. In addition conservative hair and dress styles are expected.

The reason why my grade is n/a is that students have to determine for themselves if the safety associated with these rules is worth the loss of freedom associated with them

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Food! Everywhere You Turn! There are tons of restaurants here that are absolutely splendid, and what I found to be even more great were the cleanliness of them all. Tucanos is a Brazilian food restaurant that offers unlimited meat and a salad bar. It's fantastic and pretty popular here. We have the famous In-N-Out food chain here that's great, but I personally love Five Guys. Their burgers are awesome. We have wonderful "hole in the wall" restaurants too for different Latin foods and Asian foods. The diversity of the restaurants here is nothing I've ever seen anywhere.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Internships Are Always Available – A lot of the time, when you're in class, an internship representative will come in and talk about somewhere you can go, whether it's Jerusalem or Fiji. Most of the different colleges at BYU offer different internships that cover different credits in the major. A friend of mine went to Romania last semester and worked with kids in an orphanage, as well as took language courses and English courses. She said it was the best experience of her life.

Tuesdays here are referred to as "club night" where all the different clubs meet in the Wilkinson Center (our student union) and play games and have fun and get to know each other. We have so many different clubs, from ping-pong to Ukelele club.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do, Lots to See – Immediately looking out the window, you see mountains. It's pretty awesome. Provo is pretty small in itself, but it's a college town. So lots of crazy kids who want to have fun. There are dances EVERY WEEK at different apartment complexes and at different venues in the neighboring cities. I've gone to several, and they're a blast. Lots of food too! Definitely a lot to offer. There is a lot of diversity, from Greek food, to Korean food, to Indian food, to Thai food. I love it. There are lots of random things that happen too, like in downtown Provo. There are different festivals that happen. The most recent coming up is the Latin festival here. People set up booths and sell different items and goods and food, and there are lots and lots of groups that perform.

Football games here are insane! So many people packed into the stadium, and the rivalry against University of Utah is borderline scary. Lots of Utes fans come and write stuff with window paint on the cars, and my apartment complex has a car bashing party, where they paint Utes on a beat up car and allow us to beat the crap out of it even more. It's referred to as "the Holy War", the rivalry between BYU and UofU.

Rock climbing and hiking are a must here. At rock canyon, it's a wonderful experience, and you can hike several of the mountains here.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Super Easy, Super Fast. All you have to do is apply online under the school website. You click "comprehensive" and you're applying for several different scholarships through that. You only fill out one form, and they'll figure out most things through that, whether you need aid because of income or because of grades, etc. If you are multicultural, or ethnic, you may have to apply for the multicultural scholarship through their office, but it's awesome. I know someone that got it, and they were only 1/4 Mexican. I'm 1/2 Korean, but I've never applied for that scholarship, sadly. My old roommate is full Cambodian, and she had the full scholarship for all 4 years of her college career.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Free Stuff! A lot of the time, you'll be walking on campus and there will be a free ice cream stand. So far with attending school here, I've had free hot dogs, free pizza, free gelato (or ice cream), free pet a llama (where they brought llamas onto campus), free dances, free drinks, and free candy. There are lots of fairs going on several times during the year, some performances from different clubs during the day, and even some random guy that dresses up in white pants and brings a boom box onto campus and pelvic thrusts to spice girls and miley cyrus. It was freaking hilarious.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Overall Pretty Good – Living on campus was pretty good. It wasn't the cleanest place, but it was alright. I didn't have too much of a problem with it.

Being freshman and all, we were all pretty roudy, and the biggest problem were the thin walls, but besides that, I loved how close everyone got. We were all a big family and it was a great experience. It helped me make more friends that I still have today.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: This is my first year at BYU. I am staying at the King Henry Apartments off campus. But I love it there.
The cost for the bottom floors (Large floor plan) that Im in runs about $310 per month.
The facilities are great. They have a pool, hot tub, vollyball, clubhouse, large lawns, ect. Great social environment.
The rooms themselves are fully furnished and clean. I would recommend them to anyone!

3 College Freshman

Computers: Just because there are so many students, the labs and printers are very crowded. Most people have their own computers but require a printer to print off anything.

1 College Freshman

Parking: No Where to Park – It's just faster and easier to walk or ride your bike. Most places to park are quite a ways away from any of the buildings

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: STONE COLD SOBER! Since BYU is a church sponsered school, there is hardly if any drugs or alcohol problems. We know how to have fun without being stupid

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Free Is a Good Thing. I've never seen drugs nor alcohol in my time here. I know it does happen on occasion, but I've never cared to investigate who and where or when.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The police beat section of the paper is a joke. Really. It's one of the safest places I've ever been in. It is located in Provo, and most people are Christian. I'm guessing 40% of the population of the city are regular participants in their local church communities. I believe over 90% of campus students are Mormon.

4 College Senior

Computers: Coputers Are Available Both in Department Specific Labs and General Labs – Departmental lab computers are equipped with additional software specific to needs of the department. These labs are amazing, are generally never crowded (unless during a scheduled class), are fairly high quality computers, and are upgraded with new computers every 2-3ish years.

More general labs have computers available that are decent, and there are enough labs around campus that a computer is available most times during the day. Most busy times have a small wait period to get on a computer.


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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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