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Campus Quality

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The library is great. We have a lot of things that other Universities don't have. The building has many study areas. And, I love the conference rooms that can be reserved in the library.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The only bad thing is that the desks in some classrooms are insanely small and not very nice to lefties. Beyond that, everything is pretty great! They take good care of campus. It's very clean.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The library has the latest technology for study

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The facilities are top notch. Amazing campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: It has great, modern facility. Excellent athletic center for all sports. big library

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BYU is constantly striving to provide the most up-to-date facilities and classrooms, which means that there is always a big hole somewhere in the middle of campus. The Wilkinson Student Center and the Harold B. Lee Library were both fully remodeled a few years back and are really nice. The Wilk has all kinds of convenient stops, from food courts to bowling to an outdoors shop to a post office; there is even a barbershop for a quick haircut between classes. The athletic facilities are in the process of being remodeled. BYU is building a huge new athletic facility for its student athletes. This may mean that the average student will get some good hand-me-down sports equipment (hey, we'll take what we can get).

The majority of classrooms are wired with projectors and computers for the teachers, and more than a few professors resort to PowerPoint presentations during lectures. In the business building, some classrooms have Internet hookups for students, as well. The new buildings are great, but the constant construction on campus gets old. However, the benefits outweigh the detours, and when all is said and done, BYU opens its best facilities to students. Just watch out for that hole!

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
478
Campus Size
557 acres
Student Centers
Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Harold B. Lee Library
  • Howard W. Hunter Law Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The "No Shhh" section of the library
  • Brigham Square
  • The Cougareat
  • The Museum of Art Cafe
  • The Wilkinson Center
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
Located in the Wilkinson Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
No
Movie Theater on Campus
  • In the library
  • In the Wilkinson Center
  • The SWKT (international cinema)
School Slang
  • DTR: "Define the relationship." When a couple sits down and talks about the state of their relationship and their plans for the future.
  • Mrs. Major: A female BYU student who is only at BYU to get her "Mrs. Degree" (i.e., find a husband).
  • NCMO: Non-committal makeout.
  • Sweet Bro/Provo All-Star: A male BYU student who is obsessed with BYU sports, working out, and hooking up. He usually does summer sales and typically has a lot of money.
  • Zoobie: A hardcore BYU sports fan.
Traditions
  • 100 Hour Board: BYU has a 100 Hour Board, a website that takes student questions and answers them within one hundred hours. It's located at theboard.byu.edu.
  • Blue and White Week: Blue and White Week is held every year during the week of the BYU versus U of U football game. BYUSA sponsors student activities involving BYU spirit every day of the week, including a homecoming dance.
  • BYU/University of Utah Food Drive: BYU and the U of U host a canned food drive every year, where the students compete to gather the most items of canned food for charity.
  • First Kiss: When you kiss someone for the first time, BYU tradition says that you have to buy your roommates ice cream. Similarly, when you hold hands with someone for the first time, you owe them M&Ms.
  • Tunnel Singing: Every Sunday, groups of students go "tunnel singing," where they sing hymns in the tunnels near the Marriott Center.
Urban Legends
  • BYU has hoards of food stored for students in case of an emergency.
  • BYU is building a parking garage (this can also be varied by saying that the Honor Code is changing, tank tops will be allowed . . . It's never going to happen!).
  • The fourth floor of the library is haunted. A chair in the Harp Room appeared out of nowhere one day, and no one knows where it came from.
  • There are dinosaur bones buried under the football stadium. BYU stores them there because they didn't have anywhere else to put them.
  • There are tunnels that connect BYU's campus to the LDS church headquarters in Salt Lake City.
  • There is a urinal in one of the women's restrooms in the Clyde building.
  • You get a tuition refund if you graduate unmarried.
Favorite Things To Do
Get involved or check up on activities that various clubs are sponsoring on and around campus. The International Cinema is also a favorite place for students, offering international movies for free every week. Also, every Tuesday in the Marriott Center, BYU offers a devotional given by a University or church authority which offers good, character-building guidance on how to lead a better life. There are tons of things to do on BYU campus. There are always activities being sponsored by BYU's student association, or one of the many other clubs on campus. Also, the Soapbox is a campus favorite; students voice off about everything from dating to politics. The gyms are open throughout the day, and intramural aerobics classes are offered at night. There are three movie theaters on campus, including the free International Cinema in the SWKT. Campus offers a wide variety of places to grab a quick bite, from the casual Cougareat to the more upscale Skyroom Restaurant. You can swing by the Wilk for a performance of BYU's stand-up comedy group Divine Comedy, an Acoustic Explosion event featuring musically gifted students, or even a quick haircut. The Wilk also offers a campus craft store if you're into scrapbooking, and there's Outdoors Unlimited if you're dying to get that brand new mountain bike in the window.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 46 responses

  • 18% Football
  • 15% Divine Comedy
  • 14% Lighting the Y
  • 10% Basketball
  • 9% Tunnel Singing
  • 7% Intramurels
  • 6% Women's Soccer
  • 6% Blue and White Week
  • 3% BYU/University of Utah Food Drive
  • 2% First Kiss
  • 2% 100 Hour Board
  • 1% Men's Volleyball
  • 1% Devotional
  • 1% Hiking the Y
  • 1% Waterballooning the Tunnel Singers
  • 1% Homecoming dance
  • 1% Rugby
  • 1% Shows at the HFAC
  • 1% International Cinema
  • 1% Association for Computing Machinery meetings.

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 47 responses

  • 21% My apartment
  • 17% The Wilkinson Center
  • 13% Outside
  • 9% The Cougareat
  • 8% The garden around the edges of campus
  • 7% The "No Shhh" section of the library
  • 5% The JFSB plaza
  • 5% Brigham Square
  • 2% The basement of the JFSB
  • 2% The Museum of Art Cafe
  • 2% The Panda in the Talmage Building.
  • 2% The basement of the Widtsoe. With the fish.
  • 1% The couch in the women's bathroom.
  • 1% The Pendulum Court
  • 1% Underneath the display cases in the Benson.
  • 1% Bowling Alley
  • 1% Basement of the library
  • 1% The duck ponds.
  • 1% 1st floor of HBLL
  • 1% "The Slab" in the HFAC where theatre majors hang

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 41 responses

  • 28% MTC Teacher
  • 18% Any TA position
  • 10% Bookstore
  • 8% Athletic Department
  • 6% Physical Fitness Facilities Manager
  • 4% BYU Broadcasting
  • 4% Research Assistant in the Data Extraction Group.
  • 3% Any CS class TA
  • 3% Shop Lab Manager
  • 3% Physics Open Lab TA
  • 2% Security guard
  • 1% Anywhere in the library
  • 1% Marriott Center Special Events Usher
  • 1% BYU Independent Study
  • 1% Research Assistant for the Dean of Students
  • 1% Computer Programmer
  • 1% Library employee
  • 1% Research Analyst
  • 1% Statistics TA

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 15% People Watch
  • 15% Go to a performance
  • 13% Devotional
  • 13% Explore the endless areas you can go.
  • 10% Visit the Art Galleries and Museums
  • 7% Study in new places I find
  • 6% FOOTBALL GAMES!!!! :-)
  • 4% Help other students
  • 4% Bell tower!!
  • 4% Volleyball Games
  • 3% Club night on Tuesdays
  • 1% Look at the fish in the Widsoe Building
  • 1% RUGBY GAMES!!!!
  • 1% Feed the ducks at the two duck ponds on campus. :)
  • 1% Divine comedy
  • 1% I don't spend much time on campus
  • 1% Find something to do off-campus

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 212 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 35% If your roommate dies you get all As. C'mon guys.
  • 26% People go missing in the lower levels of the HFAC.
  • 18% Brigham Young statue used to have a beard
  • 14% There are secret tunnels under campus
  • 5% There is a cemetery under the Meyser Building.
  • 2% There once was a cemetery under Maeser building.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 42 responses

  • 22% Cougar-eat
  • 22% Working on the grounds crew during winter
  • 18% Custodial
  • 16% Early morning custodial
  • 14% Early morning custodial or grounds crew in winter
  • 9% I work custodial and it's really not that bad.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 49 responses

  • 67% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 31% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 2% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 239 responses

  • 36% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 204 responses

  • 60% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 36% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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