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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at BYU are fun but not as big as they are at some schools. When our teams are doing well everyone has a lot of school spirit. The rivalry games against Utah are always the best and the excitement level when those are coming up is high. Unfortunately those won't be happening for the next few years because of the conference changes. I'd say most students keep up with the major sports. All sports passes are nice if you want to attend a lot of games so many students buy those.

2 College Junior

Diversity: There are a few international students at BYU, but the obvious majority is white, LDS, blonde-haired and blue-eyed young adults. I can count the number of non-LDS people I have met in the past 3 years on one hand.

2 College Junior

Administration: BYU is extremely strict, but I believe that is one of the reasons why the students are so successful and disciplined. Also, the students agree to abide by the rules before applying, so it's nothing they weren't aware of before. There are strict rules about curfew, people of the opposite gender being in your room, swearing, haircuts, beards, and clothing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a LOT of housing options, which is great, but a lot of them are either above my price range or really low and not the best quality. I would like something in the middle but that is harder to find. They also have a variety of houses, large complexes, townhouses, condos, small complexes, and apartments which makes it fun to switch up and try new styles.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is hard sometimes because it is Utah weather than changes from snow to rain to warm sunshine all in one day, which can make it hard to dress appropriately. However, this is usually only when the seasons are switching (like winter to spring) and once it is warm, everyone is outside and it creates a fun atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Depends on your opinion. If you don't drink or do drugs and you take pride in being a virgin, then BYU is the place for you!

If you are on the other end of the spectrum with all of those things, you're welcome to come here, but as most people know, the BYU Honor Code is extremely strict, and some students will tattle on you to the BYU Honor Code Office. You will not feel like you fit in if you are looking for drugs/alcohol.

I personally love the environment. Sure, some students drink or do drugs or have pre-marital sex, but if you're caught, you will be suspended from the university.

We accept anybody and any kind of personality, but that doesn't mean BYU will accept you if you are drinking, abusing drugs or having sex. The basic rules are: If you want to drink, drink hot chocolate; if you want to use drugs, you'd better have a headache; if you want to have sex, get married.

As far as campus police are concerned, they can be extremely pestering. Stay on their good side, and you will be all right, but don't jaywalk, don't park in the wrong parking space, and don't make out where you can get caught or they might write you up for a ticket. That's the only downside, in my opinion.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some of the buildings are a little old, but the campus itself is green and gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall (and if you like snow, it's gorgeous in winter, too). The library is beautiful and enormous, the musical facilities are huge, the language study labs are phenomenal (and for language students, there are many native speakers available for language practice and homework help). The Wilkinson Student Center is your place for student involvement in service to the community and university, clubs, and student jobs. There are tons of activities, lectures, and places to study and do homework. It is a great place to learn and get involved with other students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The student meal plan will pay for things at the vending machines, the Cannon Center (student dining hall), the BYU Creamery (like a little grocery store) and the Cougar Eat (the student food court). The Cannon Center is your generic student food. It's definitely tasty, but could get old really fast. The Cougar Eat has some great fast food: Taco Bell, Subway, Teriyaki Stix, and the Scoreboard Grill. These can get expensive, though, so if you don't have lots of money, watch out! There are some other restaurants on campus (the MOA café, the Pendulum Café in the Eyring Science Center, the grill at the BYU Creamery) but I've never eaten there. It's not especially popular, but it's a new place to try when you're tired of the same old stuff.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are quite a lot of very attractive people at BYU, and most of them are very good, hardworking people. Everyone dresses and grooms themselves very well and professionally.

3 College Junior

Parking: The parking is very conveniently situated, but the ticket prices can get a little bit ridiculous.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are no drugs on BYU campus. If there are, it is extremely limited usage, and you won't find drug deals going on anywhere on campus. The Honor Code and religious environment pretty much insures there won't be much drug use or drinking, if any at all.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is pretty much the same: white, middle class, LDS, straight, and Republican. We do have a lot of international students but it's less than 10% of the entire school.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Provo is a college town so there are some things to do on campus. I come from a big city so the downtown area isn't what I'm used to but there are a few things to do (Velour, Communal). There is a wicked sweet laser arena across from Smith's that you must go to.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Provo is a medium sized town but has lots of fun activities. No matter what season it is there is always something to do. The best time of year is in the spring and summer; everyone seems to be coming out of hibernation at this point. You can go hiking, ride bikes, or stop by any park and there will be a sport going on. Everyone is really friendly and ready to make new friends.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love the fact that we are an LDS school. It's a wonderful blessing to align our schooling with our greater purpose in life.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Well we have this wonderful thing called the honor code that we all signed. And part of the honor code is not to partake of harmful substances, including drugs and alcohol. So there's not really a problem with drugs and alcohol, because we know that it's harmful and detrimental to our learning.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The English Program here requires large amounts of reading, writing, and retention of facts. Also, there is a foreign language requirement.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You will find many, many, many LDS folks at BYU. If you find a person living their religion attractive, then this campus will be full of eye-candy. If you are looking for a party scene, you can probably find it, but it will not be the mainstream whatsoever.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: For the English Teaching Program you must first take the appropriate prerequisite courses. Following those, you must apply, submit writing samples, and film yourself teaching. Following your interview and acceptance you can begin to take the upper level courses.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many opportunities connected with the BYU Alumni Association.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program require additional applications and interviews besides the general application to BYU. My goal is to become an English Secondary School teacher.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places, and a lot of variety from fast food to sit down. Some more expensive than others.

3 College Junior

Administration: Honor code. Wont let you in the testing center or play sports if you aren't following it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls are for the freshman and have a decent variety of foods. There is also the Cougar Eat in the Wilk where students can go in between classes and pick up food from different fast food places like Subway, Taco Bell, etc. The Twighlight zone in the Wilk also has quick food or supplies.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Provo is a small college town where there is always fun parties/activities going on with students. There are several small venues in Provo where local bands play, and there are other types of attractions like tumble gyms, hiking the Y, a mall, running trails, etc. However, Provo is very close to Orem which has other options for activities as well.

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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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