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Reviews 4696 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: BYU has the best teachers and is really the best place to work. It is competitive but very open and willing to work with you.
The only problem is it a little stuck in a bubble.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: declaring a major is rather easy. it is just a matter of taking entrance tests to get into the different programs, ie business.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is becoming limited due to new buildings being built. best if you can walk or ride a bike to campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: campus housing is generally for incoming freshman. BYU now has a lot of new dorms in Deseret Towers and Helaman Halls have been remodels in recent years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't have any problems with getting financial aid. Just realize it is your money and you are responsible for it...do what you need to make sure it doesn't fall through the cracks.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computer labs at BYU are usually crowded during midterms and finals. Most people do have their own lap tops with WiFi. it is definitely better to have your own.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You can find what you want, usually slightly over priced.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fun places to eat at here in Provo. Because it is a smaller town everything is pretty much within walking distance. A lot of places also give student discounts on top of already cheap prices. Provo is great because everything is incredibly convenient and very young-adult friendly. It's a great social atmosphere at a lot of the places as well.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity Sports at BYU are always high intensity and a great place to unwind and cheer for your school. BYU has a wide variety of sports to watch that you can almost always find something that will interest you. We often have special school spirit activities to show our support. There are also certain events at which we all dress in the same color to show fan support. BYU varsity sports will always bring excitement into your life.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Living in Utah a lot of students are faced with all kinds of whether. No matter the conditions classes are generally never canceled. During the Winter it can be extremely cold with lots of snow fall which makes walking to and from classes more challenging but the campus is immaculate during the peak of each season. Spring through Fall semesters are absolutely gorgeous and the whether is pretty warm. Not until Winter does it get cold.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Mechanical Engineering program at BYU is intensive and requires much effort. However, this should not drive anyone away from it. It offers a top quality education and a well known university. The type of education you receive only prepares you for the future and so the difficult objectives that are required to meet are indeed difficult but very much worth it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My program is in the science department and I love it. BYU has a great program for general courses each student must take. Their goal is to make sure each student is well rounded in all aspects which made my major classes more beneficial. I was able to really understand most aspects of physics in a better way because I had taken general classes to help give me a better understanding of the world around me.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, however, I do plan on getting one. I feel it is important to get an internship for the work experience and getting your name out there to those who are in positions of hiring you. Even if the internship wasn't paid, I feel it would be of great worth to complete because there is no price on getting a job after college. I have worked in trades before such as commercial construction. I really enjoy the feeling of seeing the progress of a building and knowing you had a hand in it.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: BYU has many diverse and determined professors. Their goal is not to pass you; they want to challenge your mind and make you think independently. There are so many campus activities like clubs, dances and other events that create a fun atmosphere for the students. BYU does a great job of forcing you to get to know other people. Because this school has so much history, there are many great traditions as well. Every year during homecoming there are fun activities like dances, comedy shows and even a slip n' slide covered in blue foam! There are so many great opportunities at this school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I really enjoy my major Mechanical Engineering. Ever since I was a child, I have been good (in my mind) at math and sciences. I first heard of the Engineering field in middle school and thought that looks like a lot of math and science, maybe its for me. Since then I have done a lot of research into the different fields of engineering and feel like Mechanical is the one I am most interested in. I would love to work in the oil industry if possible, but my career goal in general is to get a good paying job which I will enjoy. The oil industry is not the only field that will fulfill this requirement. I am a little concerned that the field of Mechanical Engineering is so broad that I might end up somewhere that I do not particularly enjoy.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: BYU is an amazing university in the fact that it is very religious. Being in a school with many church members of the LDS faith creates a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Students as well as professors are comfortable discussing religious topics during lecture that apply to the discussion. BYU also takes great pride in the aesthetic features of the campus. The grounds are constantly being well kept and creates a pleasing atmosphere to learn and grow in.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into the Mechanical Engineering major is very competitive. There are 5 required prerequisite classes that range from a Calculus or higher level math course, a physics course, statics, a class on a CAD program, and an engineering seminar. The adviser for the Department of Mechanical Engineering told me that if you could get a 3.4 or higher you would most likely be accepted into the program. I am currently taking my last prerequisite and will be applying at the end of this semester (Winter 2013).

3 College Student

Scholarships: I have the opportunity to receive financial aid , but there aren't as many opportunities as other universities

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: there is tons of activities . lots I kids get really creative and that creates a really fun environment

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good food, and lots of options. can get boring if you just eat at the cannon center, but there are plenty of other restaurants available, you just have to branch out some...

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a good college town. There is plenty to do on campus, and several options for entertainment not too far from the university.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received some financial aid my first year, but have had a very difficult time getting any since then.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are no parking spots for Freshman and they keep getting taken away. Parking on campus for class is difficult too. Better to take the bus, shuttle or walk.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: They pride themselves in it but a lot of the campus is tall, dark and handsome men and the girls are blonde and blue eyed. Everyone dresses very "preppy" or they try "hipster" but it's hard to find anyone who isn't white.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are no drugs or alcohol usage that I have been able to find. I have heard of some parties that contain the substances near the campus or at one of the colleges near by; however, here at BYU because of the Honor Code, there is no usage because of the LDS influence at the school.


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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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