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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.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am involved with the Student Support organization. It is a great way to serve others and come closer to Christ at the same time.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Rexburg is super tiny, but there are tons of things to do all over campus and the town surrounding it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Every teacher I have met is absolutely fantastic! They all know what a quality education is.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I just declared my major so I haven't gotten to far into it yet, but the workload is not terrible, and you get a lot of real-life experience.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fantastic! Most of them have their own kitchens and they are all at least two bedrooms, it's really a lot more like living in an apartment than it is like living in dorms (I've stayed in other college dorms, and they DON'T compare).

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The nightlife is good and clean! I love that I can go out and do things without worrying too much about the influences that will be around me. Granted, everything starts shutting down around 11:30 on weeknights, but that doesn't mean that good, clean fun isn't available.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are prohibited from use at this school. Use will get you suspended. Not widely used even with the people who live in Rexburg.

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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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