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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The scenery is great. We are right by the mountains: tons of hiking, outdoors recreation, etc. You can get out of the city within minutes. Lots of people come to the University sporting events, not just students and a few alumni. The stadiums are always packed and with lots of families.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is not much to do in Provo itself. Go to Salt Lake for real fun. The mountains are beautiful, though, so there are lots of outdoorsy things to do!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Provo is nice. It's enough of a city that you can find things to do but it is heavily influenced by Mormon culture.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Provo is nearby many other universities so students have opportunities to mingle with peers from all over. It isn't a large city but there is still plenty to do, and the proximity to Salt Lake makes it even more of a prime location.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Plenty of things to do. The community is very friendly and welcoming

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While Provo is beautiful, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, it is by no means a big city. Provo is a college town, housing both BYU and UVSC students. It is within driving distance of Salt Lake, allowing those who are looking for a "night on the town" an outlet. Since the majority of residents are college students, traditional date activities like movies and restaurants tend to be fairly crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. A lot of the charm of Provo is found in the nearby mountains and river. In the summer, bonfires up Provo canyon are a nightly occurrence.

Provo is understandably a very conservative town. You are not likely to find political rallies or protests occurring. The closest thing to a real protest was an e-mail campaign aimed at lifting the noise ordinance that prohibited big parties and dances outside of campus functions or stake dances. An understanding of Mormon culture will ease the transition into the "bubble" of Utah County. However, the lack of city life is far overshadowed by the great outdoor activities available to students year-round. And with great student discounts and a little ingenuity, most of these activities are fairly affordable.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Just minutes away from the Provo River are Bridal Veil Falls, Utah Lake, and Deer Creek reservoir. Waterskiing and tubing down the river are popular summer activities.
  2. The Ironman Triathlon was held in Provo in 2002 and 2003.
  3. It's not only summer that brings great athletes. In 2002, the Salt Lake Winter Olympics had a hockey venue in Provo.
  4. Provo, while not as big a concert venue as Salt Lake, has some great local artists perform regularly. Also, Utah Valley State College regularly hosts concerts and shows.
  5. Sundance Ski Lodge, up Provo canyon, is owned by Robert Redford and is the namesake of the Sundance Film Festival.
Notable Natives
  • Avard Fairbanks - sculptor
  • The Osmond family - actors
  • Virginia Sorensen - author
Local Slang
  • Creek (pronounced "krik"): The meaning is the same; the pronunciation is just a little off.
  • Sluff ("sluff" class): Similar in meaning to ditch, cut, or skip class.
  • Sweet Spirit: Girl with a great personality, but not such amazing looks.
Points of Interest
  • Any nearby canyon, especially Rock Creek Canyon, American Fork Canyon, Provo Canyon
  • Nutty Putty Caves
  • Peaks Ice Arena
  • Reed O. Smoot House, a national historic landmark
  • Utah Lake
  • Various Olympic sites
Shopping Centers
  • Provo Town Center
  • Shops at Riverwood
  • University Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 8
2230 N. University Pkwy.
(801) 375-0127
Movie Theaters
Cinemark USA
1200 Towne Centre Blvd.
(801) 852-2872
Movie Theaters
Wynnsong 12
4925 N. Edgewood Dr.
(801) 764-0009
Major Sports Teams
  • Provo Angels: minor leage baseball
  • Real Salt Lake: Soccer
  • Salt Lake Bees: minor leage baseball
  • Utah Blaze: Arena Football
  • Utah Flash: Basketball (NBA Development League)
  • Utah Grizzlies: minor league hockey
  • Utah Jazz: basketball
  • Utah Starz: WNBA basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Salt Lake City: UT: 56 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 316 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 318 responses

  • 13% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 74% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 319 responses

  • 78% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 319 responses

  • 15% Totally.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% No way.



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