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Reviews 4600 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is already pretty cheap, so it's harder to get aid. They do hand out academic scholarships at the beginning of the year which shaves off a thousand dollars or two. Other than that, I don't know what else there is.

4 College Junior

Academics: All programs at BYU-I are wonderful. I'm just beginning in my program, but so far so good.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors here are GREAT! They really care about you as an individual. BYU-I tries to hire only the best. There are some brilliant people working here. I had one of my finals at my teacher's house with a barbecue to follow! Its a fantastic and challenging school with many great programs. Some people think it isn't that great because it seems to be the younger sibling to BYU in Provo, but thats just because there aren't as many programs, and its in a smaller town. The education quality is the same.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Most people either drive or walk. Its a small town, so everything is literally within walking distance. Roommates or friends usually give rides if need be. I think there is a bus system, but I've never actually seen anyone use it. Almost everyone uses the ride board to get to an from home during breaks.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You can find almost whatever it is you want. I would suggest being there to find an apartment or room with someone you know.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: It's a small Idaho town. With that said you're almost forced to be more open to interacting with people you don't know. I met many people just by striking up conversations with them. If you're not adventuresome or want quick and easy entertainment, you probably won't like it hear.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It can get cold, but I don't mind it. Summer is AWESOME.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good place to be. Close to the library if you need to go print something off before class.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many "college" locations near by, such as pizza shops and diners. However the nicest location near by is an Applebees, so if you're looking for a nice date you are going to have to look elsewhere.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are many areas that finding parking is hard at different times in the day but overall it is decent.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are very good at being accepting of any diversities. There are not as many diversities here but those that are here are excepted!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The parking on and off campus can be challenging but overall is really good.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There's really only stuff in the MC and it's kinda expensive and it's ok food. Freshens there in the MC is really good, but it is pretty expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are lots of places to eat on campus - the Crossroads, which have multiple dining options from Grill, to Italian, to Wraps and Sandwiches, to Bakery, to Soups and Salads, to BBQ. The food there is always delicious and has something for everyone.
There are also different cafe type places on campus, and a shake/yogurt/smoothie shop called Freshens which is amazing. The University Store sells groceries and fresh made fudge. There are meal plans available where you can get good discounts on all the food places on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love this program! There are many opportunities to practice what they teach - for instance, there are different clubs for Mechanical Engineers to get together and design and build things like rockets and remote controlled cars. The workload is high, but it brings Mechanical Engineering from a concept to a reality - the facilities are large and work well for the program size, the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, and the skills the students gain are priceless.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet done an internship, but they sound amazing. For Mechanical Engineering students, I hear that they pay very well, and that they get you prepared for a good job. From what I hear, the BYU-I program has a good reputation built up, so many jobs like the students, because they have integrity and a good work ethic. I think the internships are 10-12 weeks long, and the time commitment is like a full time job.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being from out-of-state, it was difficult to make sure that the process got completed by the due date and completed the right way - I felt like sometimes I got sent from one person on the phone to another to another just to resolve one issue. Overall, the process wasn't very hard, it just required some patience.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There are no buses that run through Rexburg. The need for transportation is pretty important, but campus is within walking distance of all apartment complexes! The grocery stores are a little bit farther away though.

3 College Junior

Weather: If you love the snow you will love the winter there! Classes don't get cancelled but the sidewalks are normally clear enough. Everyone is bundled up so you wont look silly bundled up. As soon as the weather gets nice though everyone is out.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: There are different places around campus you can get food at and there are different varaties of food from sandwiches, soups, salads, and hot food. The dining area is really big and spacey. It can get pricey but for a lunch date with roommates, it isn't a bad place to go in between classes.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing is nice and a lot of it is within walking distance of campus. However, it seems a little pricey for a college student splitting rent 4-6 ways. Some of the housing has too much for what a college student needs.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Anyone is welcomed at BYU-Idaho, as long as they agree to live what is called the Honor Code. It is a LDS school so the make up is mostly LDS students but there are a few there that I have personally known who are not LDS. There are a lot of foreign students as well from Africa to South America. Most non-LDS probably wouldn't want to attend school anyway because of the Honor Code. A lot of the students have served what is call, full time missions so they are aware of cultural differences.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security is always present at Brigham Young University-Idaho. If one needs help with anything, security is there for help, and students are continually helpful and protective. Ward bishops help keep individuals safe from predators and specifically build measures are taken in special situations. There is minimal campus crime. Often, one does not have to lock the apartment door for safety, but it is continually an excellent idea to do so. I personally feel safe on campus and there's a calming spirit on campus that also helps one stay out of danger.

4 College Senior

Administration: People complain about the Honor Code a lot, but part of coming here means agreeing to live by it. Most violations tend to be more morally based, so bishops tend to be the ones enforcing it and take every aspect of every case into consideration.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Lots of off-campus housing is close enough to walk to campus, but newer housing, especially for married students, makes cars necessary. One or two apartments run shuttles to campus and to the grocery store, but they're only for their residents.


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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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