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2 College Senior

Overall Experience: When I first came to this school I was pretty excited about it and was looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life.
But since being here, I know that I would not come to this school again if I could do it all over.
I find this school to be too oppressive for original thinking and for those that do not adhere exactly to all the "cultural regulations". The school also has a million rules and I feel as if I am being treated like I am 5 years old because of these rules.
Some people love these things about the school, but I find them to be a detriment to school and those that go to it.

1 College Senior

Diversity: We are a religious school, so the majority of people have the same beliefs. They are extremely conservative and say they are accepting of minority groups, but their actions oftentimes say otherwise.
It is extremely difficult to be someone who has opposing political views of those on campus. The students are accepting of some minority groups - but they are actually a very select few and if you fall into a different category, you can be treated very badly.

3 College Senior

Parking: It is extremely difficult to get a parking permit for the school; a lot of people aren't able to get them and it is illegal to park on most of the streets surrounding the school, so it's quite inconvenient. The school is really great about ticketing and booting cars for parking without permits.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am a history major and the history department was just completely reorganized. Now everything is confusing and we (the students) aren't even sure what classes will and won't be offered anymore - which is quite disturbing to those that are planning on graduating soon.
The workload is quite a heavy one; there is a big emphasis on learning OUTSIDE of the classroom, so that we don't learn IN the classroom. It's quite odd.

4 College Senior

Academics: The registration process is really easy and fast! They have it set up so that you register for classes based off how many credits you have already completed; incoming freshmen don't like this, obviously, but it makes sense and I like it!

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are a couple good green spaces to study on, but unfortunately the weather only permits them being used for a couple weeks out of the year. So when it's nice enough to be outside, the green spaces are too cramped.
The athletic center is great though! They have machines for everything and have a large variety of fitness classes to attend!

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: We are a private university so the uniqueness comes from all the rules that we have in place; the rules stem from our Church beliefs, but they are taken too far in my opinion.
There are always a lot of activities going on though. You can usually find something to do a couple nights out of the week! They also do try and vary the activities so that there is something for everyone.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live off-campus, simply because the on-campus facilities are very small and limited. They are also very controlling for the people on campus.
BUt the off-campus housing is great! There are a lot of different complexes to choose from, so you can always find something within your price range that suits your needs. A lot of the complexes are being updated as well (or new ones are being build) so a good portion are in great condition!
Parking is a nightmare. We live in a small town, but no one can find parking and oftentimes the complexes will have people park a couple blocks away from their apartment.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining options are just "okay". The dining hall closes rather early in my opinion; I think it closes around 5 or 6 every day, which is inconvenient for those people that have classes that get out around that time! Also not all of the area are open until 5 or 6, it is just a select few. The food is pretty good, but it is really expensive.

1 College Senior

Weather: The weather is horrible; it is freezing most of the time and the wind will literally push you backwards, making it extremely difficult to get anywhere. Our campus is also built on a hill, so that coupled with the cold and wind makes it miserable walking anywhere. No one wants to be outside because of it.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Every year I get less financial aid money, even though I have excellent grades and I have been right on track for graduating. So I did not get enough money this year, but at least I got a little bit.
My school is also very slow at handing out financial aid; some of my friends haven't gotten their financial aid until February, well into the semester.

4 College Senior

Athletics: We do not have any "official" team sports anymore, but our school now places a lot of emphasis on Intramural sports, which almost every student on campus has participated in at one time or another. The students all love it because there is a team for everyone out there!
Our athletic facilities are quite great; we have multiple full-sized courts that can be used for a variety of things. Our gym area is also really large and they are constantly updating it to make sure it's the best for us!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: When it comes to the honor code, the school is pretty strict. If you don't follow the rules, and you get caught, depending on the severity of it, you will either get a warning or be kicked out of school. I assume this is like most schools.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is okay, depending on when you are there. I have lived in Idaho my entire life, so I am sort of used to the winters here, but that doesn't mean I like them any better. Actually I hate winter, but I know a lot of people that like the winter, because they ski and snowboard. I love the fall, spring and summer though. Spring is my absolute favorite semester. It is so fun and there is always stuff to do. The weather is great also.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love the food on campus. The main cafeteria has so many different options and they are all fantastic. The prices aren't too bad either. The cafeteria is also a great place to hang out and meet new people.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are so many things to do on campus. There are places and events going on all the time. The students are great.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I think one of the most unique things about Brigham Young University - Idaho, is the fact that it is an LDS school. In my opinion and experience, the academic programs are fantastic, as well as the faculty. I have yet to find a teacher that I didn't like or couldn't get along with. The teachers are all interested in getting to know their students and making them feel welcome. They are very helpful and just overall fantastic. The social scene is great as well. It helps that most everyone has the same views on what is right and wrong. Although there isn't much to do in Rexburg, you can always count on other students and friends to make some fun.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aide was so easy! I have not had trouble with it at all. It is all done online also, so it's super nice. The only time you have to do anything not online is if you are going to pay your off-campus housing with it. Then you have to go and pick up a check and take it to wherever you need in order to pay for your housing. (I have not had to deal with this, this was from a friend of mine that had to do it.)

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: BYU-I is in Rexburg, Idaho, which is a very small town in Idaho. There are not very many places to eat, but the places that are there are pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: A lot of the majors have some requirements, but for my personal major, which is Child Development, all I had to do was go into the office and tell them that I wanted to switch. The people in the office were very helpful and kind. They helped me figure out what classes I need to take in order to graduate, which paths are the best for me personally. They even helped me out with knowing which classes to take which semester. All of my friends have had the same experience with their different majors as well.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school is located in a small LDS community. It is possible to get drugs and alcohol, but because most everyone is LDS, very few people do. I know that it is possible, because I had a roommate that got kicked out of school for drinking. I haven't had anyone try and peer pressure me into trying alcohol or drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You honestly don't even need a car for campus, unless you absolutely hate walking. Except for during the winter, the walk isn't bad at all. Most of the campus is uphill, depending on where you live. All the housing is close enough to walk as well. From where I live, the farthest building is only a 15 minute walk. You do need a car for going outside of campus. There is a grocery store that is somewhat close, and you can walk to from most housing places. Some of the apartment complexes have shuttles that go to a few different places. There is also a car company that you can sign up for. There are 5 or 6 different cars on campus that you can rent at any time and the price is pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is one of the only things that I do not like about BYU-I. There aren't any sports, except for intramural sports. The intramural sports are pretty good though. They aren't like real sporting events, but as long as you have good friends that play, you can make them fun.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. I'm sure the fact that most everyone there is LDS, has something to do with it. The crime rate is extremely low. I haven't had any personal experiences with not feeling safe or having to worry about something, and I don't have any friends that have had any experiences either.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The library has plenty of computers, so you don't have to carry around your computer to class everyday. You do need a computer though, because almost all of the work is done online. Very few classes have work that isn't due online. They have a great website that puts all your classes and homework together. The teachers put all your work online. It is easily accessible and great, because it keeps you organized and you can only forget what homework you have if you don't get online. Everywhere on campus has wireless internet access and all the housing has free internet access as well.

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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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