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Reviews 6481 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Administration: BYU has a very strict honor code so any drinking or drug use can result in suspension. If you are willing to follow the honor code you'll be okay.

3 College Junior

Weather: This past winter was the coldest in 50 years. It snows all the time and never really melts until mid-April. Depending on where you live you will have to walk uphill to campus, in the snow and ice. The spring and fall are really nice though and there are lots of good places to study outside.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The school has dozens of programs to help a student expound their education. I love learning from lots of different fields and was worried that college would tie me to one field. The Honors program is especially helpful in this field. Anyone can sign up for an honors class, the class sizes are smaller, and the professors teach with a broad base. For example, I took world literature and had the opportunity to compare literature from times and places to their music and film as well.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The environment at BYU is fairly safe and secure, campus crime is not much of a concern. Not to say it doesn't happen, but the campus police are readily on hand and the on-campus community watches out for each. I know at least one incident where a student immediately called in suspicious people he saw going into a separate dorm and prevented a theft.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The on-campus community is very friendly, and the housing administrators are helpful and work with you on any concerns. Housing is not spacious and finding Internet access can be difficult (assuming you don't have your own router). This is just my experience with Heritage Halls, I cannot speak for the other dorms.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The campus food court offers some variety but is all of the restaurants are fast-food places. It is very accessible and easy to get something small if you need to. The meal plans will generally provide you with enough, so long as you are wise about what you buy and how often you eat out.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Students are generally friendly. Most of the local attractions are LDS historical sites and facilities, but the campus does host numerous recreational clubs and activities.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: What drug scene? What alcohol? It really is almost non-existent. I say almost because there are rumors of some people using pot, but you'd really have to look hard to find them. Everyone at BYU signs an honor code saying that they won't drink, smoke, or use drugs. If someone does, they are kicked out. While some might think this is harsh, I support this. The environment at BYU is great! I wouldn't have it any other way.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: BYU just built brand new freshmen dorms right next to campus and they're really nice! They're a 5 min walk to the heart of campus and right next to the BYU Creamery. Ice cream, school, great social life... what more could you ask for?

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I received enough financial aid and the process went smoothly. The government's side was a bit slow, but then again it is a government bureaucracy. Scholarships are harder to keep here since the classes are hard, but tuition is low enough that it's not the end of the world. Overall, A+!

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are plenty of minority students at BYU, but the majority are white and LDS, so most tend to be politically conservative.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food itself on campus is pretty good, but a little pricey. The "cafeteria" food in the dorms is good, but gets old fast once you realize it is on the same 2-week rotation.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many different options for off-campus student housing, for all budgets. The nicer the place and the closer to campus it is, the more expensive it will be. However, the cost of living is comparatively very low in Provo, and it is not too difficult to find housing that suites your lifestyle.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Provo is close to everything, and has everything in it. It is a large college town, so there is plenty to do. There is also a variety of restaurants and shopping within 5-10 minutes from campus. It is also very easy to get outside the college scene, with Salt Lake just an hour away.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Their are multiple computer labs and printing stations and BYU. They are usually crowded in the mornings and right before class starts, but teachers usually understand a possible delay to class. The WiFi is sometimes unreliable--depending on which building you're in. Overall, if you own your own computer and a printer, you're alright!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Being that BYU is an LDS (Mormon) school, and it's community is predominantly LDS, campus and the surrounding town feel safe and secure for the most part. There are some areas on campus that could use better lighting, but the University Police has a strong presence on campus, and I usually see a police car/officer almost everyday when I'm on or around campus.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: BYU is consistently ranked #1 in being a stone cold sober school, meaning there is little to no alcohol on campus. This being said, the same goes for drugs and other illegal substances. It is an LDS (Mormon) school, so many of the students/faculty/community are very religious and abide by their church's standings on alcohol and drugs.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: If you want the "college experience" this is not the school for it. A lot of the activities revolve around the LDS faith and there really isn't anything to do in the town itself.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: I think that since most of the student life revolves around the religion it's harder for those not of the LDS faith to find something to do. A lot of people go to football and basketball games and hang out off-campus. The school doesn't organize a lot of activities unless it has to do with freshman orientation.

4 College Junior

Technology: Computer labs do not accommodate the student body well at all (you need a campus computer to print on campus) and the machines don't run as fast as you need, especially if you're in a class that uses a large program.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: BYU is a pretty old school and you can see it in the buildings. Some are slightly renovated and there is a new life sciences building being built (finishes in 2014 I believe). The student center is the most modern. The laboratories are decent though they could use a makeover.

3 College Junior

Weather: Cold and Snowy – It's cold for most of the year and dry. Not a lot of snow yet, but when it comes it stays. Be careful when it ices over. Campus is a slippery mess and don't think that they do a good job salting the ice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The Wilk has an excellent food court, and it's pretty affordable. The dining halls have pretty slightly above average food for a dining hall; however it doesn't come cheap.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We've got a wide variety of restaurants around the campus. The businesses where smart to locate themselves nearby. On all sides of the campus you can find some sort of restaurants from fast food, buffets, to higher end restaurants. It allows a dining experience for almost any situation.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social life is very good. I felt included by others. The cafeteria food had a good variety. We had a lot of activities and clubs to help us stay involved. I highly enjoyed the campus housing.

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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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