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4 College Student

Academics: This is my freshman year at BYU and I am having so much fun. My teachers are great and are really good about answering questions. I have TA's in almost all of my classes that I can go to if I need help. Once you get accoustomed to the campus its easy to find your way around, and there's always something fun going on. The course load is manageable; it's neither too hard or too easy.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Campus has the Cannon Center (like a typical college cafeteria for the freshmen), the Cougareat (like a mall food court with multiple options like subway and taco bell), but we have some really great places around town.

4 College Senior

Academics: I love my psychology major! I know it's not the most practical major, but I'm passionate about it, and the professors are great. They are very helpful in advising you on what you should do after you graduate as well. Most of my classes have been very interesting and I actually don't mind doing the reading generally because I like the content.

4 College Senior

Academics: For the most part, the professors are great! Talking to them during office hours is never an inconvenience and they will make sure you understand that curriculum. I love class discussion since most of the other students are really intelligent. Specific programs on campus are the best in the country, so look at what you want to study and see how BYU ranks (all the programs are great, some are just particularly exceptional).

3 College Senior

Weather: Sometimes it snows a lot, which makes it a bummer to walk to class. But it makes winter sports really fun! In the winter, you can go up in the mountains and go sledding, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and skiing.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It doesn't cost to get a parking pass. Do not park where you aren't supposed to park though, parking police will nail you. And even if you try to appeal the ticket, it usually won't work. From what I understand, the earlier you go, the better chance you have of getting a parking spot. I own a scooter, so there are plenty of parking spots for those. Honestly though, a car is not a necessity. Plenty of students walk or ride bicycles to campus (there are tons of bike racks).

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is rather unpredictable in Provo, UT. For example, last night and this morning, it snowed quite a few inches, then by noon, it was warmer outside and the snow was turning to slush because it was melting. It's weather that is doable though. I've had to walk in the snow and rain before, but as long as you dress appropriately or drive responsibly, you're fine. Just make sure to have all sorts of variety in your clothes. You will need winter clothes (thermals, coats, scarves, gloves) but if you're here in the summer, make sure to have your flip flops and shorts too.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am in the Psychology program at Brigham Young University. I am offered unique classes that are specific to what I feel is necessary to understand and what I really want to learn about. The workload is enough to keep me busy and learning, but not overwhelming to the point where I want to give up. Research opportunities are abundant, whether they are with professors or related to internships. The classes available are relevant and quite fulfilling.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Brigham Young University is a very uplifting school. It has an Honor Code to which every student and teacher must abide by. This has a health code, a dress code, and frankly a behavioral code that helps the campus and the surrounding areas to be cleaner and safer places. There are always opportunities to learn more about your major, study abroad, get involved in research, or get involved in really anything you take interest in. The professors are well-selected and genuinely want each of their students to succeed.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There are always parties going on. Usually they are dance parties at people's apts/houses. Usually they are pretty clean and there are no alcoholic beverages seen at these parties. They are a great way to meet new people and make friends. You can always find someone who has a car that would be willing to give you a ride.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: There are lots of opportunities for students to be social while at Brigham Young University. There are plenty of clubs to become involved in and there are always activities going on in the Wilkinson Center (the kind of central building on campus). Even within every major, there are activities and clubs to help every student all kinds of experiences that will help them in their major. The Harold B. Lee Library on campus is huge and has plenty of resources to help with whatever kind of research you need to do. You will always see friendly faces on campus and there is never a need to be scared or lost.

1 College Junior

Party Scene: Because of the religious aspect of the school the city pretty much falls asleep after about 10. I know that many of my friends who wanted a night life scene would drive up to SLC to go dancing and whatnot.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cost is generally lower here than anywhere Else that I have seen. You can find a place from April to August for about $100 a month! However, even though the prices are really low, most of the apartments were built at least 15 years ago and many of the landlords are terrible at upkeep.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great selection of different kinds of restaurants. The big hang up is that if you don't like eating fast food a lot you will end up paying a lot to eat out.This is true anywhere though.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The process of applying for financial aid is really straight forward and easy to get through. The only issue is either the waiting time with make some students really nervous or the high demands of the academic scholarhips.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into my English major was relatively easy. I didn't have to do a special application process other than selecting my Major.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of ethnic/racial diversity on campus, but otherwise, there isn't a ton of other forms of diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not much going on in Provo, UT where BYU is, but 45 min away is Salt Lake City, having anything and everything a great city has to offer! Beautiful, safe and clean as well!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors: All very approachable and understanding
Curriculum: Well-rounded education for all majors
Registration Process: Daunting, stressful on-line procedure, but improving with "wait-listing" option
Workload: Whatever the student makes it! I challenge myself and take 17-18 credits a semester, so yes, mine is heavy.
Special Study Options: Many opportunities for Independent Study Courses, Study Abroad, Study Groups, etc.
Popular Study Areas: Law, Business, Engineering, Life Sciences, Fine Arts and Communications

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The BFA Music Dance Theatre major requires a video audition be submitted as part of applying for this major. The applicant pool is then narrowed down to approximately 30-35 that are invited to come to campus to audition. This is wonderful because of the expense and time invoved for the student in making the trip. Also, faculty can then focus on a smaller number of auditionees instead of the hundreds of applicants that would otherwise be seen. BYU places even emphasis on all areas of the field, thus the major's name, BFA Music Dance Theatre. Classes are taken from each school's department: Music, Dance, and Theatre, so instruction is from top-notch professionals in each area. When auditioning, be sure you are upholding the BYU dressing and grooming aspects of the BYU honor code. They will be looking for candidates that can fit in and represent BYU well.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are many opportunities for scholarships both within the specific majors and schools as well as general BYU academic scholarships. The BYU website has all the info!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BYU is for the student looking for a wholesome environment and like students with traditional, conservative values and morals. The honor code is strictly enforced and must be reviewed in detail with a signed committment to live by it before attending. Ecclesiastical endorsements must be updated each year. All students, whether members of the LDS church or not, must take religion classes, including The Book of Mormon I and II. BYU is a perfect choice for those who are focused on their studies and wish to avoid the social distractions and temptations sometimes found elsewhere.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The BFA Music Dance Theatre major at BYU is one of the top nationally recognized performing arts programs in the country. The workload is extremely demanding, meant for the student fully committed to a carreer in this field. The curriculum, facilities, and faculty are superb and the opportunities that present themselves - from master classes to filmwork to summer employment auditions - are endless. Teachers are well aware of the importance of early networking and experience performing onstage.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many students from other countries, states, and cities.
Most students are bilingual.
~30,000 students at BYU. Only ~ 2% are of non-Mormon faiths.
Very accepting of racial diversity.
Large variety of economic backgrounds.
Political beliefs tend to be mostly conservative.
While historically, BYU has not supported non-traditional social relationships, there are now groups on campus that acknowlege and accept students of non-traditional sexual orientation.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Pros: No cost, just registration of vehicle.
Campus is big but easily walkable.
Cons: Often difficult to find a parking spot within close proximity
to academic buidings.
Strict on ticketing and fines.

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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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