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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is the best. There's a lot of options--houses, apartments (single or shared room). But its best to get a place with a washing machine and dryer, and enough parking for everyone that lives there. A lot of affordable options as well as some newer options.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good places off-campus. Not as much if you don't have a car though. If you get the "Starving Student card" you can find some nice student discounts and Little Caesar's has cheap crazy bread with a student ID. There's a lot of good ethnic foods in Orem. Bombay House, India Palace in Provo are good. Everyone loves Cafe Rio.

4 College Junior

Administration: The Honor Code is great. I appreciate having that. The campus parking enforcement is too uptight and strict though.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: If you're looking for wild parties or lots of beer, etc. you're at the wrong school. There's parties at apartment complexes, off-campus, etc. but they're more there to meet people, not to go crazy.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: BYU is relatively cheap, which is really nice, but the financial aid is extremely competitive. I feel like people who really need it don't always get it, even if they have good grades... it's the people who came in as valedictorians of their high school and freak out if they get a B. Many of these students don't need the financial aid, but end up getting it anyways.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The Pendulum Court Cafe, MOA Cafe, and the Skyroom (top floor of the Wilk) are hidden gems that give you more variety and a lot classier of an experience than most other choices on campus. The Blue Line Deli in the Tanner Building is really good too. The new Chic-fil-A is good but a little pricey. There's a lot of good variety on campus but you have to avoid going right after class lets out (ex: 12:50 or 2:50, etc.) so you don't end up waiting 45 min+ to get food.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: On-campus housing has been getting a major makeover during the past year. About 8 brand new Heritage Hall buildings have gone up close to campus. It sounds like married housing, which hasn't been updated for a long time, will finally start to get updated soon. The Helaman Halls cafeteria--the Cannon Center--is awesome. A lot of choices, buffet-style, relatively new building. A lot of social activities all around campus!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: For the two years that I have been a student, I have lived in the dorms. First as a resident, and now as an RA. I am looking forward to having the off-campus experience next year!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because I have a meal plan, I eat mostly on campus, but every time I go out, I am impressed by what is available. There is quite a bit to choose from! Lots of ethnic variety at reasonable prices.

5 College Freshman

Administration: I am grateful for the Honor Code at Brigham Young University. It helps me have the experience that I want in college. I am grateful for the school policies that we have.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Quite a few of the apartment complexes throw parties for the students. Parties in the canyons are also popular because we are a school located close to the mountains. From what I have seen, we have a fun and positive party scene.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The issue I have with financial aid, is that it is very biased. It's hard when you are in the middle-class to receive the aid that you need.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are many food options on campus which help with the variety aspect. However, the food does get old after a while if you have a meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I work as a Resident Assistant for Brigham Young University, so I live in the dorms. Just like any on-campus housing at any school, there is room for improvement, but I have been impressed with all that is put in to making the Freshman dorms be an experience one will never forget. As an RA, I have seen all that goes in to making housing the best that it can be. Multiple activities are put together on a weekly basis, campus is only a five-minute walk away and there all friends all around!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school provides a catalog with the off-campus housing sites. I love this. It shows the housing with the price per various contracts. It then shows what amenities are provided and which ones are to be payed for along with rent. It has a map showing how close most of the housing is. The housing itself is kind of iffy. The parking is terrible. Most places require parking on the street, and there is nowhere on the street to park. Lots of cars get towed. It is definitely housing that one would only want to stay in for a year or so. Lots of places are falling apart. They need much repair. There are some really nice places for kids who have rich families that are paying for their housing.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of little places around the town. We have all kinds of different ethnic foods. We also have different styles of services for the same types of food. The cost for many of the meals are fairly cheap. There are not many student discounts, but it is made up for in the cost. Most places are really easy to walk to, so the distance is great. Most places are usually full on Friday evenings, especially frozen yogurt and ice cream shops.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: We have a great honor code. Because it is a Christian school, we try to be very pure and wholesome. The honor code makes campus life a lot more stress-relieving. I feel we can trust almost anyone on campus. It, of course, doesn't stop everything, but it does give a sense of security.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Be smart. That is how you get a scholarship. If you have a high GPA, you get one. If you have a good GPA, it still isn't good enough.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is so much variety: from vending machines to semi-gourmet dishes. You can have almost any convenience in meals. And, it can also pick if you want cheap food or really delicious food. There are discounts if a student uses their student card to purchase meals. That is nice. There are some pretty good sandwiches in the vending machines.

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are multiple on-campus housing areas. And, they are quite different from one another. The apartment-style housing are more social. There aren't as many events, but we have to rely on each other for different appliances and such. Example: sometimes we don't have a spatula, so we have to borrow it. But, the dorm-style housing has more events. So, it is somewhat social, but students don't have to rely on each other as much because most supplies are provided by the housing.

Altogether, the cost is a lot more expensive than off-campus housing. But, again, it depends on what style of housing for how much more it costs. It really depends on which housing area a student lives in.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is ok, but can be poorly maintained or have weird social atmospheres. You have to find your place and your people and decide what pros and cons you can settle for.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In n Out is GREAT to have around and there's a number of fast food options that range from typical- McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, to more unique- The Malt, Hot Potato, etc. There are a few ethnic options but I haven't explored them for the most part. Ok Mexican Food when you go more authentic but still incomparable to Mexican Food in CA.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The honor code makes BYU more strict than many colleges but what's really annoying is the strictness around parking enforcement.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Partying at BYU is different from other schools because it's not popular to drink or use drugs- so you end up finding really creative ways to have fun without being under the influence of anything.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I haven't applied for financial aid yet at BYU.

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A BYU experience is unlike anything else. The things that you will learn go far beyond what is taught in the classrooms, and the people that you will meet are exceptional. Researching the school, and being familiar with the rules and expectations of students, will make the transition smoother and help you get the most out of your BYU experience.

Talking with people who have attended, reading books such as this one, and looking at the BYU Web site (www.byu.edu) are all great ways to make sure that this is really the school for you. If you decide that BYU is what you want, then jump in and enjoy it! You are in for a great and character-building experience.

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