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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are several different ways to get around campus besides your car. There is decent parking around campus, but there are other options. The bus system is pretty good. There's also a shuttle system (RYDE) that has a $100 per semester fee. Pretty nice.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports program is great and has something for everybody!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: BYU has a lot of dining options, from the Cougareat food court in the Wilkinson Center to the Creamery on Ninth to Legends Grill. The food is pretty good, but I always prefer to make my own meals with groceries from the Creamery. There are also vending machines throughout campus with sandwiches, bagels, pizzas, burritos and drinks if you ever need a quick snack or meal between classes.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone at BYU is very attractive; I've yet to see an ugly person here. Thanks to the honor code, every guy is clean shaven and well groomed (no super long hair) and every girl is dressed modestly (not too much skin). Everyone is very friendly, and it's not uncommon to strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger. BYU is famous for beginning long-lasting relationships and marriages, so dating is greatly encouraged and local businesses on and around campus offer great deals!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at BYU are very nice, especially the newly build Heritage Halls (they're almost like hotels). Each apartment in Heritage and Wyview has a full kitchen and eating area, which is great if you like to cook. If not, there are great meal plan options when you live in Helaman.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a ton of computers available on campus that work very quickly and easily. Printing is also easily accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Some people really enjoy having a meal plan, especially because you can use it almost anywhere on campus. There are specific places created just for meal plans, as well as many fast food places and grocery stores.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I never heard of too many problems. I always felt safe on campus. I know that like anywhere else you need to keep your doors locked, but too my knowledge there have not been too many problems. The few times I actually spoke with campus police they were friendly and courteous and very respectful. Alcohol is not tolerated at all on campus and any violation can land you in serious trouble.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: My experience was that at times it seemed situational. Sometimes they were strict, but for some of the top athletes they seemed very lenient. I am a believer that what applies to one applies to all, I don't believe in special treatment for one group or individual, the rules should apply to all the same.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are several computer labs and printers in every building. The network speed is sometimes slow in certain buildings, but it isn't impossible to work around inconveniences.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have loved every place that I have lived at BYU. Everyone is very friendly and fairly conservative, so if that is not your style, be aware.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe at BYU. I never feel the need to lock up my bike or call the police about suspicious activities, etc; however, if you ever do feel unsafe, there is always help nearby. For example, you can call the friendly campus police to escort you home if you're out walking at night.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The students at BYU are the best of the best. They are friendly, clean and neatly dressed, happy and hardworking.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The on-campus housing is so fun but the dorms in Helaman Halls aren't very nice.

4 College Freshman

Academics: BYU focuses on the fact that we are the future. they want to help prepare us to make a difference in the world by being contributors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some of the best facilities in the nation. BYU dos a good job of having state of the art facilities, especially in the engineering departments.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Provo is a college town, because of this any off campus housing is very expensive. It isn't necessarily hard to find but because landlords know there will always be people that will rent from them they end up not caring how their apartments look.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Provo is a fun town, with lots of hangout locations from live local bands at muse music cafe to your fun family bowling lot at mad cats. The students are a majority of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have a strict set of school rules that are inline with their strong standards.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: From great inter-mural sports to team sports there is a wide variety of awesome sports to go around all one has to do is decide to be involved.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There isn't much need for transportation locally, everything is close enough to walk to. The bus system goes locally for pretty cheap. However, Long distance transportation is kinda lame. They should have a form of shuttles or lightrail between colleges due to many in close range and constant trips in between.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The majority of colleges in the US are predominantly white in general but Brigham Young University picks a VERY diverse group of students. Not only do we have the normal three ethnicities: White, African American, and Latino like me, but plenty of international students ranging from Pacific islander, European, African, and Asian. I've visited over 12 colleges along the east coast ranging from FSU to NC state. Going from there to BYU is black in white as far as acceptance. At BYU people go out of there way to talk to you, make you feel good and welcome. Something I cherish because in Highschool it was a little rough being the only Hispanic in an all white school and area. As far as Political views they are more Conservative, yet they have politcal science teachers that are leaders of the democratic party in Utah so that also is diverse. Sexual orientations of all kinds are very accepted here. LDS belief is marriage between a man and woman but many Homosexual orientated students attend here happily and more than welcomed. The atmosphere is more friendly than I have ever seen in a college. The school tends to have typically wealthy students which can be hard sometimes if you come from poverty but there is never hard feelings between social classes.

3 College Freshman

Technology: In the main library, located in the center of campus, the computers are still in recent models, but no where near the new lines out. However, Select labs and classrooms however have state of the art apple computers with paper thin screens and one click mouses; the whole shabang.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots and lots of housing - you're sure to find one. And there's pretty much always a place to park. The landlords around here tend to be terrible but I can't be sure how common that is. You can find really cheap and expensive but it honestly doesn't get much higher than 500 a month, and that's the classy places.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Drug violations can get you kicked out immediately, there's really not much mercy on that front. Sexual violations can also get you kicked out but apparently if you're an athlete you get more mercy. There are warnings if you are found with the opposite sex in your room, but if you are caught doing something bad, the chances of getting out of it are slim. However, we do have an honor code so there's a reason why you come to BYU and you make a promise to obey the rules.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't much diversity; There are many white people but I think the campus does a good job of making sure ethnic minorities are able to share their heritage and make friends with people from many countries. Politically, there's a decent population of liberal people but they aren't politically active so it's hard to notice that they really do exist. Economic backgrounds are hard to see because most people look well on the outside but i've met plenty of people who don't have their college paid for as well as many who come from wealthy families. Religously- we are a mormon school, so there's no more than about 2,000 students who aren't mormon out of 36,000.

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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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