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Reviews 5536 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I wish BYU would do better in their sports, but for the most part they are pretty good.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most everyone here is white, Mormon and straight. Almost no diversity here other than where people are from. We have a lot of international students.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel like a lot of the classes here are geared towards having a C average in the class and many of the professors, while good, make the class hard without sufficient preparation. The work load can be heavy and many professors are unwilling to work with you, but a specific few are very good at working with you.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Its BYU. For the most part everyone here is mormon so they don't drink, smoke or do drugs at all. If they do, I don't know about it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have any fraternities or sororities on campus at all. BYU just doesn't have them. Not that I know of anyways.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a lot of computers but sometimes the areas get crowded. You have to know exactly where to go.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several options for off campus dining. The most cost efficient option is eating at home, but there are restaurants too. There are student discounts at some places, but they are still pricy.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There are parties, and there are almost no drugs and alcohol at them. The only bars are Jamba Juice, the "bar" at the Wall or some other "bar" that does not serve alcohol. Underage nightlife is pretty much the same as anything else because there is no smoking, drinking or using drugs.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The best thing about BYU is that people are generally fairly friendly. There is almost no drug and alcohol usage.

The most unique thing about BYU is that it is very LDS supportive because it is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: For students of computer science, student life is mostly sitting in front of a computer or a whiteboard trying to solve problems because there is not time for much else.

Besides that, there are nice places outside with nice views. There are clubs for many different things. There are also several cs specific clubs.

The most important tradition is giving service.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Generally, closer to campus, if you want cheap, you get crappy. If you want nice, you get expensive. The further you get from campus, the cheaper it usually is; however, the cheap price might not make up for the time/cost of transportation. All the good places go fast, so it's really hard to find a place that you can afford without feeling like you are living in a dump. The school has a housing fair and an off campus housing guide with quite a few (but nowhere near all) options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a myriad of restaurants nearby, but mostly just your average chain and fast food places. I don't know of any vegetarian/vegan nor healthy/organic restaurants except for one gluten-free bakery.

College Sophomore

Administration: If you are caught breaking the Honor Code, it is a pretty serious offense. So, if you are looking for good, clean fun, then that the type of social life you will find at BYU. If not, BYU is probably not the best place to attend. On campus housing is really strict, and many off campus places can be pretty strict, too. Members of the opposite gender are not allowed beyond the living room/kitchen areas (not even in the bathroom), and there is always a curfew at all BYU contracted housing. Parking just about anywhere is a pain because there is never enough parking and the police love to hand out parking tickets.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are usually great. Registration is easy but annoying. The workloads totally depend on your professor.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: BYU football and basketball are probably the two biggest sports at the school, however, lots of people go to the volleyball games, as well. Intramural sports are a pretty common thing. A lot of students have amazing school spirit; however, many of my friends and the students I have spoken to don't have a lot of school spirit at all, nor do they attend any of the sporting events. What you notice and are surrounded by probably depends on your circle of friends.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you are into the drug scene, BYU is not the place to go because of the Honor Code prohibiting any sort of drug use on or off campus as long as you are a registered student--if you get caught with drugs, you can easily get expelled. If you aren't into the drug scene, BYU is a great place to go.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are a few things to do in the city that are off campus, but they are mostly downtown on the other side of Provo. If you really want to do something, get out of Provo.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime rates seem to be pretty low, so it seems like the police have nothing better to do than give out parking tickets.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The network isn't the fastest, but it's not terribly slow, either. There's pretty good network coverage across campus, but you can run into connection issues when the end of the semester rolls around and it seems like everyone and their brother is trying to get online.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Any party that is affiliated with BYU tends to not be very entertaining. If you want to have some fun, get out of Provo or throw your own party.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I met someone who literally had the exact same qualifications as I did and he got a half tuition scholarship while I got nothing. The way they give out scholarships seems to be pretty subjective and unpredictable.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Awesome school spirit, a lot of students get involved with wearing shirts or decorating. Long, long lines for sports games

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots of outdoor things, but also some good restaurants and recreational things around. Very safe environment.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a lot of diversity, but they are welcoming

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I mean we get rated pretty high on this every year


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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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