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4 College Junior

Facilities: Most of the programs are fantastic with good reputations. Campus life is really fun and BYUSA plans a lot of great activities for students to get involved. There are also a lot of great service opportunities through organizations such as Yserve.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The best thing about BYU is that people are generally fairly friendly. There is almost no drug and alcohol usage.

The most unique thing about BYU is that it is very LDS supportive because it is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

3 College Junior

Facilities: For students of computer science, student life is mostly sitting in front of a computer or a whiteboard trying to solve problems because there is not time for much else.

Besides that, there are nice places outside with nice views. There are clubs for many different things. There are also several cs specific clubs.

The most important tradition is giving service.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The BYU facilities really are great. As a student-athlete, the new Student Athlete Building is amazing and provides so many benefits to student-athletes like mentoring and tutoring that is really helpful. There is also a great intermural program and student activities like Pilates and Yoga that are really popular. The library is INCREDIBLE, one of the best in the nation to my understanding. Literally, it has anything you could possibly need to study.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think the most unique part of BYU is the ability to attend a respected university and feel no pressure to lower your standards. If anything, I've felt pressure to raise my standards because there are just so many people here that have accomplished so much not just spiritually, but in academics, in sports, in art and many other avenues. It's a conglomeration of some of the best and brightest minds, and that is refreshing coming from a public high school where little if anyone cared about education and their future.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Library
  • 3rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 37th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 53rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 525th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Bronson
Graham, Wash.
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BYU is constantly striving to provide the most up-to-date facilities and classrooms, which means that there is always a big hole somewhere in the middle of campus. The Wilkinson Student Center and the Harold B. Lee Library were both fully remodeled a few years back and are really nice. The Wilk has all kinds of convenient stops, from food courts to bowling to an outdoors shop to a post office; there is even a barbershop for a quick haircut between classes. The athletic facilities are in the process of being remodeled. BYU is building a huge new athletic facility for its student athletes. This may mean that the average student will get some good hand-me-down sports equipment (hey, we'll take what we can get).

The majority of classrooms are wired with projectors and computers for the teachers, and more than a few professors resort to PowerPoint presentations during lectures. In the business building, some classrooms have Internet hookups for students, as well. The new buildings are great, but the constant construction on campus gets old. However, the benefits outweigh the detours, and when all is said and done, BYU opens its best facilities to students. Just watch out for that hole!

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
557 acres
Student Centers
Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Harold B. Lee Library
  • Howard W. Hunter Law Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The "No Shhh" section of the library
  • Brigham Square
  • The Cougareat
  • The Museum of Art Cafe
  • The Wilkinson Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Located in the Wilkinson Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
  • In the library
  • In the Wilkinson Center
  • The SWKT (international cinema)
School Slang
  • DTR: "Define the relationship." When a couple sits down and talks about the state of their relationship and their plans for the future.
  • Mrs. Major: A female BYU student who is only at BYU to get her "Mrs. Degree" (i.e., find a husband).
  • NCMO: Non-committal makeout.
  • Sweet Bro/Provo All-Star: A male BYU student who is obsessed with BYU sports, working out, and hooking up. He usually does summer sales and typically has a lot of money.
  • Zoobie: A hardcore BYU sports fan.
  • 100 Hour Board: BYU has a 100 Hour Board, a website that takes student questions and answers them within one hundred hours. It's located at theboard.byu.edu.
  • Blue and White Week: Blue and White Week is held every year during the week of the BYU versus U of U football game. BYUSA sponsors student activities involving BYU spirit every day of the week, including a homecoming dance.
  • BYU/University of Utah Food Drive: BYU and the U of U host a canned food drive every year, where the students compete to gather the most items of canned food for charity.
  • First Kiss: When you kiss someone for the first time, BYU tradition says that you have to buy your roommates ice cream. Similarly, when you hold hands with someone for the first time, you owe them M&Ms.
  • Tunnel Singing: Every Sunday, groups of students go "tunnel singing," where they sing hymns in the tunnels near the Marriott Center.
Urban Legends
  • BYU has hoards of food stored for students in case of an emergency.
  • BYU is building a parking garage (this can also be varied by saying that the Honor Code is changing, tank tops will be allowed . . . It's never going to happen!).
  • The fourth floor of the library is haunted. A chair in the Harp Room appeared out of nowhere one day, and no one knows where it came from.
  • There are dinosaur bones buried under the football stadium. BYU stores them there because they didn't have anywhere else to put them.
  • There are tunnels that connect BYU's campus to the LDS church headquarters in Salt Lake City.
  • There is a urinal in one of the women's restrooms in the Clyde building.
  • You get a tuition refund if you graduate unmarried.
Favorite Things To Do
Get involved or check up on activities that various clubs are sponsoring on and around campus. The International Cinema is also a favorite place for students, offering international movies for free every week. Also, every Tuesday in the Marriott Center, BYU offers a devotional given by a University or church authority which offers good, character-building guidance on how to lead a better life. There are tons of things to do on BYU campus. There are always activities being sponsored by BYU's student association, or one of the many other clubs on campus. Also, the Soapbox is a campus favorite; students voice off about everything from dating to politics. The gyms are open throughout the day, and intramural aerobics classes are offered at night. There are three movie theaters on campus, including the free International Cinema in the SWKT. Campus offers a wide variety of places to grab a quick bite, from the casual Cougareat to the more upscale Skyroom Restaurant. You can swing by the Wilk for a performance of BYU's stand-up comedy group Divine Comedy, an Acoustic Explosion event featuring musically gifted students, or even a quick haircut. The Wilk also offers a campus craft store if you're into scrapbooking, and there's Outdoors Unlimited if you're dying to get that brand new mountain bike in the window.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 198 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 19 responses

  • 19% Football
  • 13% Lighting the Y
  • 13% Tunnel Singing
  • 10% Basketball
  • 10% Intramurels
  • 8% Divine Comedy
  • 6% Women's Soccer
  • 6% Blue and White Week
  • 5% 100 Hour Board
  • 3% BYU/University of Utah Food Drive
  • 2% Devotional
  • 2% Association for Computing Machinery meetings.
  • 2% Hiking the Y
  • 2% Homecoming dance
  • 0% First Kiss

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 26% MTC Teacher
  • 18% Any TA position
  • 10% Bookstore
  • 8% Physical Fitness Facilities Manager
  • 5% Research Assistant in the Data Extraction Group.
  • 5% Athletic Department
  • 5% Shop Lab Manager
  • 5% Physics Open Lab TA
  • 5% Security guard
  • 3% BYU Broadcasting
  • 3% Any CS class TA
  • 3% Statistics TA
  • 3% Computer Programmer
  • 3% Library employee

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% Outside
  • 16% The Wilkinson Center
  • 15% My apartment
  • 11% The garden around the edges of campus
  • 10% The JFSB plaza
  • 10% The Cougareat
  • 5% The basement of the JFSB
  • 5% The "No Shhh" section of the library
  • 3% The Museum of Art Cafe
  • 3% Brigham Square
  • 2% "The Slab" in the HFAC where theatre majors hang
  • 2% The Panda in the Talmage Building.
  • 2% The basement of the Widtsoe. With the fish.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 18% Devotional
  • 16% People Watch
  • 15% Visit the Art Galleries and Museums
  • 13% Explore the endless areas you can go.
  • 13% Go to a performance
  • 7% Study in new places I find
  • 6% Bell tower!!
  • 4% Help other students
  • 3% Club night on Tuesdays
  • 3% Look at the fish in the Widsoe Building
  • 1% Volleyball Games

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 33% Cougar-eat
  • 27% Custodial
  • 20% Working on the grounds crew during winter
  • 13% I work custodial and it's really not that bad.
  • 7% Early morning custodial

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 239 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 36% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 199 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 36% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 60% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 39% Brigham Young statue used to have a beard
  • 33% If your roommate dies you get all As. C'mon guys.
  • 22% People go missing in the lower levels of the HFAC.
  • 6% There is a cemetery under the Meyser Building.


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