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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of places that are close enough to walk from campus, great choices, and lots of variety.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I believe a national poll from 2012 listed the Provo/Orem valley as the Most Optimistic Area in the U.S with an overall 70% of the population happy and optimistic about life. You can definitely feel why when you go here. The overall surroundings both physical and social are very welcoming. You'll definitely feel comfortable here!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Traffic at BYU isn't so bad, but definitely getting out of the valley is sometimes a time consumer. Transportation within the immediate vicinity is fairly good and easily accessible.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors (usually) and an excellent curriculum. Very well rounded education and dedicated degree programs.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Autumn, Spring, and Summer are awesome seasons at BYU. The temperature is usually just right for enjoying the outdoors. The winter is, well, winter, so expect to wear the jackets and scarfs for at least 4 months of the year (Late November thru as late as March)

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The University has really made it streamlined, and invite everyone to apply for scholarships and the aid that they need. Of course, many of them are needs based so if you can't show that you really need it, you might as well just get a job.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics facilities really are top class, and the Student gym is up-to-date and very accessible. Overall the student population is fairly active in sports and the school spirit really binds the students together.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Because BYU is affiliated with the LDS Church, it has VERY high standards of morals and ethics. Violations of the higher kind (alcohol/drug abuse for example) are taken very seriously.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many good apartment/condo complexes to choose from, and the rates are very reasonable. Also, the University requires that they are registered with them in order to provide housing to students, so there are quality standards to maintain.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The whole main campus is basically one huge hot spot and it uses the same connection throughout, so no need to constantly reconnect your device once it's registered.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Really efficient health center staff and they treat you as an individual. And there is barely any crime at all. I think the most broken law is J-walking!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For alcohol, BYU has won the title "Stone Cold Sober" School for years now, but of course it exists (but you really have to go looking for it). As for drugs, they definitely exist as well but because of the overall Mormon population and the school's Honor Code, you also have to go looking for it if you want to find it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being part of the "Ethnic Minority" myself (I am a full Pacific Islander), the student body and professors are very respectful to me and my culture. In fact, they have what's known as the "Multi-cultural center" which is devoted to helping those of other cultures and races feel welcomed. Yes, sometimes it's awkward being among so many white people, but it's no problem because it's really easy to make friends here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Provo/Orem area where BYU is has a lot different restaurants to dine at, so many that I think you'd have to make it a focused effort in trying to try them all! Many of them offer student discounts, which is awesome.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: I hardly ever feel scared when i'm on campus, and I don't get worried either when I walk places in the dark. I think the police are around just enough and the campus crime hardly exists.

3 College Student

Local Area: There are a few things to do off campus, but for the most part there isn't much to do, especially on campus. Diverse groups or activities are pretty rare, and it's hard to have a huge cultural events since there isn't much culture around. But it is still pretty good. Lots of places to shop.

3 College Student

Weather: Well, the weather isn't too bad and it's obviously a bummer when we have to walk to class in snowstorms or rainstorms, but we have pretty regular seasons so you learn to dress for the weather.

3 College Student

Diversity: There are quite a few international students and people of other ethnicities, but sometimes it's hard to be ethnic because most people are Caucasian.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: The first year the financial aid process was a little tricky, but now it's a breeze. My tip for getting aid and scholarships is to the take the time and do it.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Lots to do and everything I need is close.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The new dorms are great. The social atmosphere is great. There's always something going on. The cost is higher than off campus, but you are right next to campus so it's a time saver.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Never worried when around campus.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Love BYU sports! Love playing intermural sports.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: BYU is not known as a party school. Fun can be found all over Provo, but it's not the type of nightlife you find on other campuses.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are accessible and usually helpful. The registration process gets easier the further into your program that you get.

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The Clarillon
The Clarillon
The Clarillon The Clarillon The BYU Clarillon stands as one of the landmarks of the BYU campus. Every hour it rings out a tune from the hymn "Come Come Ye Saints."
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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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