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Reviews 4879 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Professors are always professional, and also kind and patient. They will take time from their schedules to speak with students.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into my program was easy... I just went and talked to the department counselor. There are not any real challenges getting into any of the languages/humanities majors at BYU. The most important criteria is just a desire to learn the language!

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3 College Junior

Weather: It snows a lot from October to March. If you live far from campus, it can kind of get to be a pain. Driving gets hard to do if you live really far from campus (you see a lot of minor accidents). But campus does a good job of cleaning up and making campus functional, even in the snow.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good--there are buses that run around Provo and to Orem (next town over), as well as a train that goes up to Salt Lake City. It is nice having a car, but it is really hard to find parking anywhere close to campus, so you have to live within walking distance or be ready to ride the bus.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: One of my school's mottoes, "The World is Our Campus", is supported by a very active study-abroad/international internship program. There are tons of opportunities to broaden your horizons and gain experience around the world. Very active community on campus.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students sign a commitment to not use drugs when they apply for the school, and for the most part the people here have a strong moral bias against drugs. If someone is caught doing drugs, they are expelled. There is no drug scene.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Unless you can get to campus before 8 am you will not find a place to park. Students are required to live within walking distance of campus though, so plan on walking, getting a bike or buying a motor scooter.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is pretty homogenous, except the athletic programs.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows here in the winter, but it doesn't stick to the ground and really build up more than a few inches. But from April through October the weather here is prime for walking between classes and across the well groomed campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: BYU has a great honor code system. Students who choose to attend BYU are asked to sign and live by the honor code which includes no drinking, no drug use, no sexual relations outside of marriage. This fine christian university has provided a great atmosphere for students to not just go to college but to also gain a great education for life while they are here. Are they strict? yes, but it does not mean it is a restricting lifestyle. There are so many alternative forms of entertainment it is a great choice.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: BYU campus is located within waling distance of most housing facilities and many restaurants and other accommodations are close by and allow easy access for students whether they have their own transportation or not. There are many services to ensure student safety.

5 College Student

Facilities: If you are looking for a place to be inappropriate, This isn't it. But I still have a great time with all the students here. There are so many things to do to have a great time, in a safe, clean, drug free, alcohol free way. In my opinion if you need to get drunk or stoned to have a good time, your school is lacking anyway.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's Utah. There are a lot of White, conservative christian people. There are people on campus who honestly don't know how to sensitively react to people who are different, because they haven't been exposed to it a lot. That being said, there are going to be intolerant people wherever you go. The biggest hurdle for students at this school is probably sexual orientation. Because sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and a wife are not condoned by the church, homosexual relations are a difficult issue. There is a group on campus that discusses those issues (Understanding Same Gender Attraction) but the focus of that group is controlling feelings of homosexuality, and promoting understanding of those who are so inclined.

Along the same lines, I'm sure it would be difficult for very liberal people here. I personally try to be understanding of people with different viewpoints, but I know that not everyone can be so level-headed about such sensitive topics.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are good for freshman, places like the Riviera good for sophomores, and south of campus is great for upperclassmen. Many apartments in the Provo area are "honor code" approved housing, which means tobacco and alcohol aren't allowed, as well as sexual behavior.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're looking to get wasted, "Stone cold sober" BYU isn't the place for you. But a lot of people date, and there are plenty of opportunities to be social. We don't even need to get drugged up to have fun.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I know many students who have recieved financial aid, however i have tried and have not recieved any financial aid, it can be a little bit of a pain but if you qualify its well worth it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots of good restaurants and different things to do.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: THough a car is not necessary it is convenient. Parking passes are free but undergrad parking is far from class and fills up quickly. sometimes its really hard to find a spot. If you park in the wrong lot you WILL get a $25 fine.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: BYU rules are strict but if you want to attend BYU you sign a contract agreeing to follow all rules, if you dont like it, dont attend...

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are great! I've really like most of my teachers, and you can tell that they really care. If you're willing to put forth the effort, most of them will help you and you can meet with them during their office hours. With the larger classes there are usually sections with individual TA's or there is a lab that will help out. We have great physics, math, accounting, and writing labs with TA's that will help you out. The workload is really tough, so be prepared to work hard!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We have an honor code and everyone who comes here agrees to follow it. So if you break the rules, yes you will get in trouble. I love our honor code, it really makes BYU such a great place to learn and grow is all aspects of life.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Provo is FULL of great places to eat. Restaurants abound, and there is a huge variety from Thai food to Sri Lankan food to organic health nut food to tasty Mexican food. Freshman 15 here you come.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: As long as you are smart about watching your stuff (i.e. don't walk away from your table in the library with your Macbook pro and iPhone just sitting out for the world) then you will have no problem about securing your belongings.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is free, which is really nice. However, it tends to fill up. Especially in the winter when no one wants to talk to school. If you have early classes and eight and nine you should be fine to find parking. But after that it's difficult to find a place to park. So make sure you come early so you can find a place to park.


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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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