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Reviews 4229 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is pretty unpredictable. During the winter it gets bitter cold and snows a ton. Classes usually don't get canceled unless the professor cannot get to campus. The sidewalks on campus are heated so once you get on campus it is safer to get to class. It is almost always really windy so you need a good windbreaker and usually a scarf and gloves. It is nice during the spring though.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: BYU-I is subsidized by the LDS church, which means that students who are LDS pay less tuition than non-LDS students. However, because tuition is less than $2,000 per semester the school has very high standards for financial aid and it is therefore rather difficult to obtain from the school.

3 College Student

Campus Quality: The BYU-I campus is a beautiful place to be in the Spring semester. The weather is warm enough that students are often seen in short sleeve t-shirts (not even carrying a jacket!) walking along the grass- or flower-lined sidewalks around campus. It is absolutely beautiful here during the spring. It should be noted, however, that students have been known to break out the t-shirts in 55-60 degree weather. This occurs because students who stay for the Winter semester have been acclimated to extreme cold.

Away from the cold winds and deep snow, there is a lot to do on campus. As a religious school, BYU-I sorts each students into a particular Ward at which he or she will attend church every Sunday. Wards which function well involve the students in several activities a month and promote friendly interactions between students. There are also numerous school-sponsored student organizations and major-related associations, but I am less familiar with those.

I can tell you, however, that the dance workshops, dance labs, and weekly dances the school hosts are a very fun way to get active, meet new people, and learn how to dance!

2 College Student

Administration: First of all, I wish that this grade were numerical because although the campus is extremely strict I do not feel that my experience here has been overly negative. BYU-I is a religious college with some very strict standards for dress and behavior. Students are not permitted to come to class unkempt (unshaven; wearing yoga or pajama pants; or wearing shorts, capris, or flip-flops) and students have been sent home from class or the testing center for not meeting dress standards.

In addition, students who break the Honor Code (no drugs, no alcohol, no sex or petting, no staying out past curfew) must deal with the Student Honor Office if they are caught or turned in by another student. If a student confesses to his or her bishop before the Honor Office finds out about the infraction, punishments are usually lighter but are still levied.

It should be noted that, as a religious school, BYU-I has a church attendance policy. This is enforced by requiring students to gain approval from their bishops before they can register for classes for their next semester.

Overall, I have enjoyed my experience at BYU-I thus far. I have made many good friends (and discovered that most students are not sticklers for the Honor Code) and have had a lot of fun. Although this school is very strict and really will dismiss you for violating the Honor Code, it is a very peaceful school to attend if you can live within the rules.

5 College Freshman

Administration: They get an A+ for being so strict! We have an honor code, that we agree to follow and are aware of before attending, so by choosing to attend you shouldn't make a big deal about the rules.
There are some that are harer than others, but the rules are there for making better people.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rexburg is a small town and has the major food chains and other cool smaller places.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is a mormon school, and according to our beliefs we don't drink alcohol. But nightlife at BYUI is considered "clean fun." With friends you have a great time, bonfires, dance parties, and many other things.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Idaho is a northern state, so you cannot expect equator weather. It is snowy cold in the winter and can ice up the side walks, but on campus the sidewalks are heated so you dont have ice problems. The weather can be bypolar and unexpected. In the spring and summer the weather is great for being outside in the sun.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I think something that sets my school apart from other schools is the atmosphere on campus. There is a strict dress code so students look well groomed and clean cut. People are very friendly and will always offer a smile. Campus is a place that is fun to hang out; it's clean and beautiful with gardens and places to go to get some quiet time. It really is a peaceful, happy place to be.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The options for food are not that great, but Rexburg has been expanding greatly and tons of new food businesses have been opening up. Rexburg is definitely a college town, and has plenty of student discounts so cost wise you don't need to worry. But if you're off campus it isn't that hard to get to a nearby place to eat, and you can find some good cheap food.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports at BYU-I are all either intramurals or competitive leagues. I know from past experience that they are a lot of fun and can be a good way to make friends or have fun with friends you already have. Some of the sports include: flag-football, soccer, basketball, dodge-ball ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and tennis. The fields and facilities they use are really new and well kept. Finding a team to play with would not be hard at all because so much of campus is involved people are always looking for players to add to their team.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: BYU-I has great on-campus dining called the cross-roads. It's very up to date and feels clean with tons of options for really good food. The atmosphere is pretty calm with lots of natural light, and it can be a good place to study, or even hang out with your friends.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There really isn't a need for a transportation network in Rexburg. The town is tiny, so you don't even really need a car. A good bicycle would be able to get you everywhere you need to go. Getting to and from the airport may be a bit more difficult. It can be expensive to take a shuttle, but if you use the ride board, it's pretty simple and cheap. Just Facebook stalk potential rides before and make sure they aren't creepers.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It all depends on your situation. Some people find Rexburg to be a cold, dreary place, but I have really come to love it. The town lives on the college, so it could be considered a "college town." Many things are priced to be within a student's budget, especially entertainment. The school is constantly hosting some kind of dance, or performance, or activity, and if you want to be involved it isn't difficult at all. The school goes to a great length to get its students involved and socializing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all the housing for BYU-I is off campus. It isn't hard at all to get a good apartment right across the street from campus either. However they are all "BYU-I approved housing", so even if you live off campus it they still follow all the same rules, though unlike the dorms there is no one to police you, they just trust you.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is a ton of parking on campus but with the increase of students it has made parking harder and harder. The north side of campus has a lot less parking. You need a $25 permit for on campus parking, but if you park on the street you need a city parking permit which I think is $15. I know, it's insane.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are no competitive school to school sports programs at BYU-I. However they do have competitive and recreational sports programs you can get involved in. This gives students the opportunity to be more involved running the team or running the league which can be a lot of fun. The lack of real sports though does sometimes make the school feel like they don't have much of an identity as a school.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I'm not sure if a high grade is good or bad. The school is very strict. There are dress and grooming guidelines. You have to get an ecclesiastical endorsement before you are accepted and it has to be renewed each year. If your grades are not good you can be kicked out promptly. There isn't a lot of tolerance for immaturity. The police are very active and will enforce everything from minor speeding to noise levels in an apartment after 10pm. There is a strictly enforced curfew and the police will stop any students out after it. Students are also not allowed on campus after curfew which makes it hard to have any sort of night life. It's not hard to abide by the rules, but if it doesn't sound like something you could keep to, it will make your life a misery. But there are thousands of people that manage to keep to it each year, so it's not as bad as it sounds.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many boys of all kinds at BYU-I. They tend to be a little more mature than most. There tend to be extremes- either very mature, or not even remotely mature. There are a fair number of people that are up there only to find a spouse rather than get a good education. The school has a dress code, so dress is modest and comely. If you're looking to find hardcore partiers, this isn't the place to look. Most people are there for the education and are very focused on school and religious responsibilities. The students are generally pretty fun and have a wide variety of interests. There are many students from all over the world.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It depends where you live. The more you pay, the better the quality of housing. Everything is decent because the university has housing standards that the landlords all have to abide by. The housing is fairly close to campus. You get what you pay for usually, so shop around before deciding. The landlords are usually married upperclassmen who are employed by the owners, so they're very kind and understanding. Parking gets taken fast- so if you have a vehicle make sure and secure a parking spot. The school has a housing website where all housing is listed which makes for easy shopping.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Since BYU-I is a religious school there are no bars or clubs even remotely close. However, the students are always throwing parties and different activities. The school is good at providing a lot of options for things to do- including wilderness excursions/adventures, dances, and other things. If you want a social life that doesn't involve drinking or illegal activity, it's easy to find. There is almost no public transportation though, you'll need to make friends. But there's not really anywhere off-campus to go, so it doesn't really matter in such a small town.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food in the main dining area is good and filling, however it never changes so the students can get a little tired of eating there. Some of the food is overpriced, but it's in a good location. A lot of the other places to eat are about half a mile away from campus; so unless you have a car, you might be out of luck, especially during the winter.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: They have an unnecessary foundations program that doesn't transfer to other schools yet they are required.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students here at Brigham Young University - Idaho are great we all live by the same moral standards. We all have a foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ and there are plenty of people to find friends with.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have a good variety on campus with a pretty good dining hall. There are also a decent amount of local stores for students to eat at.


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BYU-Idaho professors and other students take a lot of interest in students personally, to help them achieve their academic goals and improve their overall well-being. They care about how you do in classes, what you have to contribute to the school, and what you're doing besides school to enhance your lifelong learning. The BYU-I experience really becomes what the students make it. Students who just study to get by learn to do the bare minimum with the least amount of effort, and students who want to make the most of their education and learn and grow from being a student work longer and harder in a variety of pursuits that span beyond academics.

It may be hard to believe that there are so many opportunities to develop skills in a given area from attending a little school in Rexburg, Idaho. But just as BYU-Idaho takes huge steps in innovating learning and maximizing resources, students learn to be innovative hard-workers who know how to problem-solve and communicate effectively. Most students who realize the potential they have in being admitted to this school and who take advantage of the opportunities offered here quickly learn how to make their BYU-Idaho experience worthwhile.

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