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3 College Senior

Technology: There are a few Macintosh Labs on-campus but most of the computers are Dell. Some teachers say that laptops are not allowed for class but a laptop or desktop is required to complete assignments. The school will provide a laptop on rental basis or a temporary 1 day basis. The wireless internet access sometimes cannot be accessed in certain classrooms or even in certain parts of campus. The speed is decent especially with a large crowd. Printing is cheap but a student needs to load money on his/her student ID account in order to print.

3 College Senior

Weather: But only because of the winter, I hate winter. Others who love it and like to ski will love it.

5 College Senior

Technology: The computers are fast, have fast internet, and have a lot of applications.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I think it's a quite difficult process simply because the website seems so archaic. You have to go through so many steps and even now as a senior it still took me several weeks to get everything to go through. The on-campus student center is very helpful, but it's a hassle to have to go there to get it done when in most cases, everything should be able to be completed online.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I'm not sure in comparison to other campuses how BYU ranks, but if you're looking for religious diversity, BYU is not the place to be. But ethnic and nation wide diversity, BYU probably ranks one of the highest. With LDS members coming from all over the world, there is a substantial amount of foreigners as well as students from all over the country. Not to mention subcultures like gamers, athletic enthusiasts, outdoorsy, etc. you'll find them all here.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: BYU has amazing ice cream and dairy products. As for the food court, it's lacking, but there are great restaurants that are in close proximity to BYU.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Public trans is lacking in Utah, and parking is horrendous on campus. They've started a shuttle service which is handy. But yeah, be ready to walk and ride bikes.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: It's as good as you make it. It's a dry campus so if that's your scene, you won't have that great of time. But there are plenty of fun things you can do. I'm never bored.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is fairly affordable. However, there are few really healthy options; and even fewer for vegans and vegetarians.

4 College Senior

Transportation: All buildings are within walking distance. There are also affordable bus options available for students.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: BYU contracts housing complexes to live in. They are nice and have lots of options

5 College Junior

Administration: This school has a certain Honor Code, and it enforces it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Since it's a religious school it attracts a certain type of person. So it's more similar than not.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The parking is terrible and the on campus transportation is walking or bikes. The public bus runs through the main roads, but to get to class, you're going to be hoofing it.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is a school to get married. The high ratio of LDS students implies that they have the concept of happy, eternal families, and they want that. So the guy to girl ratio is excellent, and they both are normally quite attractive. It's just that the majority of them are already married.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is not too hard to come by if you keep your grades reasonably high. I have a 3.56 GPA and am currently on half-tuition scholarship. Aid and scholarships are easy to apply for online -- much easier than they were my freshman year!

Any time I've called the financial aid office to ask questions they have been extremely helpful and quick to respond to my needs.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school sports at games is very present, and a lot of fun, while at the same time not being overly negative or brutish.

The two most supported sports are football and basketball. Both teams have winning records every season, and habitually participate in post-season play. The basketball team has made the NCAA march madness selection most of the years I've been in school (five) and is on a solid upward trend. Football is also moving upward.

We also have mens and womens rugby, womens soccer, tennis, track and field, gymnastics, women's basketball, and nationally competative volley ball teams.

Also, many of the students participate seasonally in intramural sports, for which there are a number of fields and facilities specifically designated.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It usually snows on and off November through early February, but Utah is a desert, so don't expect a lot of heavy snow storms. They keep campus pretty well de-iced and the buildings warm. Winter weather is no big deal. Cold weather (usually not snowy) can last until April some years.

Provo is not a windy city, and so its not typically hard to keep warm as long as you dress for it. The campus is a walking campus, and its pretty compact. You really should never have to be outside for more than about 10 minutes on campus, even if you are walking from one end of it to the other.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt concerned for my safety on BYU campus. The students are courteous and clean, and the campus is also well-kept, and beautiful.

There are various well-marked police-call posts where you can press a button to call in to report any incidents or emergencies.

All campus buildings except for the library close at 11. (Library is open until one) -- as with any other place, if you're walking home that time of night you should have a friend with you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a number of cheap places to eat that are either on-campus (Taco Bell, L&T, Subway, Burgers, or small convenience stores, as well as campus-run restaurants : Legends Grill, Pendulum Court, the Sky Room (great!), and others. The dining hall near on-campus housing is great as far as dining halls go, but too expensive to eat at without a meal plan. (For Freshmen with a meal plan, it's pretty top-notch.)

If you have a meal plan, or add money to your student card online it can be used to eat at most places on campus, and depending on the plan, can be used to buy groceries at the BYU-run grocery store, "The Creamery on Ninth." The grocery store is not the cheapest ever, but its also not bad. The milk is cheaper than anywhere else in the city because its produced by university-owned animals.

Campus is pretty compact, and there are also a number of fast-food and other type restaurants nearby if you're not in the mood for what's on campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: both groups are pretty social, but sometimes they have too high expectations. Both the guys and the girls usually look nice, but they can be shallow.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The summers are nice, but the winters are really long (November-April). Classes are basically never cancelled because if weather, though it is a walking campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I was so confused when I started the financial aid process. If there was one web page that had all of the information on it, rather than five that would be great. The only tips I would have are to get really good grades so you qualify for the academic scholarships. They pay for quite a bit of the whole.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Everything is open to students that go full time. There are athletic centers, libraries, counseling centers. Every year we have different dance teams perform throughout the year. We have a performing arts building, a math building, engineering, life sciences, English, and foreign studies building. Anywhere you want to be, there will be a space for you. There's even a place that you can get a stress test done to see how your body handles stress. Campus activities are non-stop and student hang-outs are basically anywhere around campus where there is an apartment building.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My favorite experiences at BYU happen when I am walking around. Campus life gets lively at lunch times. That's when clubs, societies, or even classes host activities and try to get their information out to everyone. People are generally friendly and there's a clean and happy spirit that can live here. Education is competitive and everyone wants to do well. I love what I learn!


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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 ( 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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