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Reviews 5808 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Extremely Low – There are virtually no drugs or alcohol at all on BYU campus. It is an extremely sober school where students have fun doing things that involve activities outside of drinking.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel very safe walking on campus. I suggest that students do not walk in dark places alone at night, just to be safe, but generally, campus is very peaceful and the local police are vigilant.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Student Research – For the sciences, many students team with professors and work on research projects for pay. Usually it's about 10 hours/week. Some people do internships, mostly outside the sciences.

4 College Junior

Transportation: You can rent cars if you need to through an organization at school, but most people have people that they can ask for rides to grocery stores or the airport. The bus system is also really good. The prices have greatly increased since last year, though. Bicycling is a great option in this area.

3 College Junior

Parking: Totally free, but some times of the day there are NO spaces within 15 minutes walk of your classes. Tickets are not too expensive and can be talked down sometimes. Most people who live within reasonable walking/biking distance do not drive to school. You can go from one side of the campus to the other in about 10-15 minutes.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Our school has very high standards that we live by. We have a modesty code to dress and groom modestly. There are no drinking and smoking prohibited anytime as a student. The Honor Code we have here is a blessing.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I drive to school. It would be nice to carpool with other people from where I live, but I am currently not aware of any carpooling programs. I know there is a public bus outside of the main student center and many students ride bikes.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The school uses pc in most locations, however, I did find a lab in one building where MACs are being used. I'm sure if I continue to search around there may be more MACs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Library Is Nice! The facilities at Brigham Young University are superb. Each building has a peaceful serene feeling when you walk through the doors. One can truly feel prepared to focus on their studies because there are hardly distractions, most of the time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: School Atmosphere – This is my first semester at Brigham Young University. The atmosphere here is peace and serene. I love studying in the law library because it is quiet and everyone is focused.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Love Utah! The weather here is fantastic, although pretty unpredictable! It's warm in the summer and fall, cold and snowy in the winter, and beautiful in the spring! All the seasons are present, and there's stuff to do in any weather condition.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's a Church School – Going to a church school, there's not much "partying" like most colleges, but we have a lot of fun! There's always something going on, whether it's outside, dancing, bonfires, hiking, etc. If you're into typical college parties, go somewhere else :)

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Typical – Most of the layouts of apartments are the same, whether it's four or six girls. The prices tend to be pretty similar as well, but if you search hard enough you can always find somewhere you like!

1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on campus is seriously terrible. It's not worth it to drive. Walk whenever you can because you'll spend the same amount of time walking to campus as you will trying to find a parking spot. On-campus housing parking is shrinking by the day. Don't bring a car unless you absoutely have to. Seriously, parking is nuts around here. The police also strictly enforce what limited parking there is so don't think you can get away with parking in a different lot.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Bad, Bad, Bad – The first day I parked at school I got a boot on my car that cost me 2 hours of my day and 50 dollars. There's not enough parking for everyone so some people have to risk 'illegal' (to the campus, not the city) parking. Tuition is probably so cheap because they make so much money on parking fines!

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing; Lots of It – While you will never have a hard time finding something, it might not be exactly what you want. With the huge demand for off-campus housing, it seems like apartment staff don't need to make much of an effort with upkeep and incentives to get people to live there; they know people will eventually move in.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Meet People Like You – I go to Brigham Young University and am a Graphic Design Major. BYU is a great place to go if you're interested in meeting people in the graphic design profession. Not only do you have many mixers to meet people in your major, but the school also flies in many professionals to come speak to you. You'll be happy with the level of interaction you are guaranteed with the professors. My only complaint is that it can be hard to get a straight answer from staff about dates/applications/billing/etc.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: They Really Come to Your Aid! The best way to get financial aid is to keep up your GPA! It is a very academically competitive school, and you have to accept that if you are trying to get aid. However, the next most important thing is financial need. The University is not out to get you! They really do try their hardest to provide financial aid to the students who most need it, although they generally request that you have a job of some sort (to prove you're not just lazy), and that you fulfill their scholarship or grant requirements. You can always opt to get scholarships from outside sources, and those are perfectly acceptable.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are amazing, and the whole environment is set up to help freshmen adjust to college easily and to succeed. They just built several new dorms, with more on the way, and the programs available while in the dorms keep any student from being homesick, from getting too bored, and from not having any friends. And best of all, you do not have to sacrifice your standards here in order to have fun. It is the best option out there. I have also lived off campus, and there are a myriad of options out there. You can go for the cheaper (slightly farther and a little older), the most expensive (the brand new ones with an indoor pool, shopping center, fitness center, and salon) or anything in between. The complexes are all very social, and you get to be really good friends with your neighbors. You can have shared rooms or private, 4 - 6 people per apartment, and so many other options.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Nothing Comes Close to the Good Ol' Provo – Just about anything you want to do (that doesn't break the honor code) you can! There is a club night with over 150 clubs that meet, so if you want to make friends or practice hobbies or skills, that's the night for you. There are so many events on campus that you don't want to miss, too! Also, every tuesday at 11:00 am, all of campus shuts down for a university devotional or forum (depending on which week it is) where a faculty member or esteemed public figure will come and speak to the students. It is a great time to enjoy learning without being held responsible for homework or tests. It also builds campus unity and helps everyone to relax part-way through the week. On campus there is a bowling alley and arcade, along with an extensive bookstore (with plenty more than just books), a floral shop, international cinema, various clubs and teams, intramural teams (with lots of sports, including water polo on inner-tubes), great dances, 3 separate and amazing comedy troupes, a dollar theater, plays, concerts, and oh so much more And that's just campus! As for Provo? Where to begin?! . Off campus there are rock climbing places, trampoline gyms, dances, lots of bowling, a nickel-arcade, ice creams and frozen yogurt shops galore, hiking trails, biking trails, snowboarding and skiing places, an indoor beach/arcade resort, and plenty more if you just look. If you try, you will never be bored here in provo.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Try Your Best – Unfortunately, I decided to switch my major to something that BYU doesn't offer. However, my major is biochemistry, at the moment, and there was no abnormal application process or anything along those lines so far. I felt that the most important criteria were the essays and high school GPA. For anyone applying to the school, I suggest participating in volunteer work, doing well in school, and writing your essays well.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I really love my school so much. It has so many things going on for the students to get involved in. They have plenty of scholarship, and internship opportunities if you look for them, as well as various clubs of all subjects and cultures. The students and teachers are all so respectful, helpful, and easy to get along with. Most of the classes are amazing and have very intellectual professors who make the classes interesting. The school does its best to provide those seeking jobs with jobs. It's really a wonderful school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I'll Appreciate It a Lot More Next Year – I like having the dining hall accessible at most times of the day, but the food can get repetitive and sometimes disappointing. However, I know that I'll appreciate it so much more next semester when I am cooking for myself. I just think it needs more variety and some healthier options.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Fun, Exciting – We have some of the top professors here. They are not only knowledgeable, but they love helping their students. My mentor helped me to get into the Master's Program for Kinesiology, and is helping to guide me through graduate school.

4 College Senior

Weather: I just do not like being cold but I gave that right up when I chose to come to school here. It is not too bad. It is just cold in the winter. I used to not get up and go to class when it was cold but I got over those tendencies with age.


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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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