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Reviews 6516 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I'm a grad student and did not attend this school as an undergrad. I live off campus. Admittedly I am biased, but I am so glad I didn't have to deal with campus housing. I'm not a huge fan of the regular cleaning checks that are required in campus housing. I'm sure it's a good idea when dealing with freshmen and/or irresponsible students, but I prefer a housing style where I am allowed to take care of myself, clean up after myself, and generally regarded as an adult rather than a teenager away at summer camp.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I am a fan of a rival school and therefore have absolutely zero interest in BYU sports and athletics. However, if you are a runner, the campus is located near some great running trails and has a pretty decent indoor track.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The department I'm in gives a scholarship to all grad students accepted to the program. Super helpful.

3 College Senior

Academics: Depends on the program. I am studying Linguistics as a grad student. As far as that program goes, it's phenomenal.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Provo is a pretty safe place, however some people can form the mindset that because it's a safe area there is nothing to worry about. Not true. There have been several sexual assaults on and off campus in the last 10 years. It's best to always be on your guard. Even here.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: If you're looking for variety, center street has some good options. Otherwise it's mostly fast food places. In terms of overall variety and student discounts off-campus, the University of Utah is way better.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in wyview as a freshman it is very far from campus and wasn't the most social, but it was a good value Off campus is the way to go!.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There is a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking in the summer.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were more student discounts, but there is a nice variety

1 College Junior

Party Scene: Not too many parties in this area, you will find something to do with your ward and things

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4 College Junior

Academics: Classes can be hard depending on subject, teach and school. But the professors are wonderful and have a true desire to help the students

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: It is a good atmosphere, I have no concerns with health and safety

2 College Freshman

Administration: There's the honor code. If you don't know about the honor code you better look it up or you're in trouble (unless you're mormon in which case you probably already do all that stuff anyways.) But people aren't breathing down your neck so you could get away with a lot if you wanted too. Except for visiting hours in the dorms. Those are really enforced and at Helaman halls it's really inconvenient.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: So BYU is not a huge party place. Obviously. If you want to find it you can. It's not as awfully conservative as I was afraid it would be coming here. However I decided I didn't want to pursue it so I can't know for sure. As far as Mormon parties go it's the best with lots of ward, apartment, and campus events you can always find something! There's quite a few city parties that get advertised well too.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is nice although could use some more equipment. Women's gym in the RB is a great gem.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Seems pretty average to me. Biggest disappointment is it feels like after midnight everything is closed!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I live in the dorms and the Cannon Center is much better than I expected, but obviously not amazing. There's some nice places on campus to eat if you want to go out and use your dining money. The MOA cafe is my favorite.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt extremely safe. The environment is so safe I think people sometimes need to remember to still take per cautions but on campus I feel really comfortable. Off campus there are more uncertain areas but it's still a really nice place.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It takes a while for off-campus scholarships to process but it's not a lot of hassle. The office staff has always been really prompt and kind about answering my question on ymessage and on the phone.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The honor code itself serves to prevent a lot of sexual assault and drug-affiliated offences and crimes. There is also good lighting around campus and emergency phones/alarms. Campus security is very good. The only reason I worry about walking alone or in unlit areas is because I am female and caution is just a sad necessity in a woman's life. I feel as safe on campus as I do anywhere, and a lot safer than on most other college campuses.

5 College Junior

Administration: BYU operates on an honor code that is signed by each and every student. Everything is perfectly chill so long as you stay within the bounds set by the honor code. Violations do occur, of course, but appropriate disciplinary action is taken in due course. The entire vision of BYU stands on the honor code, so it is taken very seriously. Curfew for visiting hours is a thing, there is no consumption of alcohol or coffee, no drug or substance abuse (including smoking) is tolerated. Violation of these and other rules, such as the dress code, will result in disciplinary action as outlined clearly in the honor code. The administration is fully prepared to terminate students if necessitated by their personal or academic conduct.

5 College Junior

Athletics: BYU sports are known across the nation. The BYU football team is huge and usually does quite well. Sports are super important and it is a big social activity to go to games in all seasons. Lots of dates are to the football games in the fall and yearly sports passes are available for students.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A fair amount of off-campus housing is recently renovated. But the buildings are usually either old or un-affordable. So I hope that everything works out at my new apartment. Signing a contract is really easy and done online, the hard part is getting the manager to send it to you. Almost all single parking is located within a couple of blocks south of campus, nearest most buildings. The school will give you a list of approved housing, but after that it is up to you to get information from the individual complexes.

5 College Junior

Majors: BYU programs are highly recognized throughout the United States and the world. The international relations program is one of the top in the country. The professors are really nice people, but they make sure that students learn the material well.There are graduate programs at BYU for international relations, and so the undergraduate program encourages a more well-rounded education rather than single-area specialization. This prepares students to be flexible in internships, thereby increasing opportunities, as well as making graduates more competitive in an ever-shifting global market.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I cannot say that it is the best because I have not yet started attending. There are a lot of marriages between students, so relationships work out well. Looks are pretty varied due to large student population, which means that everyone can find the group of their choice. There are plenty of international students, as well. Students take part in all kinds of activities and groups. There is never a lack of social activities and most roommates seem to get along well. All-in-all social life is hopping. The dress/honor code ensures that both girls and guys dress like adults and are not unduly distracting in classes. This makes relationships, on average, less superficial and, by extension, longer lasting.

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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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