Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T19:54:19Z
Opportunities are excellent – BYU has a great library and lots of opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research. The fact that there are not a lot of graduate students actually helps the undergrads to pursue research grants and present the results of their research.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T19:52:04Z
Politically and intellectually closed – The website mentions the existence of the student-run BYU political review. However, this monthly (off and on) newsletter is representative of the problem of diversity at BYU. Run by a white, mostly male, American staff, it systematically excludes many different opinions, particularly those of international students. It is more left-leaning than the campus at large, but this doesn't mean it is open. The editors of this "review" supress anyone they don't like in a very arrogant fashion and you'll find a lot of similar types at BYU. On the campus you may find people who come from Idaho, Utah, or Colorado, and they may have served a mission abroad, but they don't like diversity and work against an open and accepting environment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T19:29:39Z
BYU is a religious institution and so the rules are much different then most other universities. We to not allow any alcohol, drugs, or smoking on campus or off. Also premarital sex is against policy. BYU is a very up standing wholesome university.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T19:24:14Z
We do have some clubs here in Provo, but it is not what students here are all about so the need for it is not there. We would rather go to friends apartments and party. The school also puts on a lot of activities and dances.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T19:21:04Z
The student involvement with the school sporting programs is phenomenal. Students are excited and willing to support their team and colors. Their is also a large fan support for the BYU teams. After students graduate they continue to support the schools teams and watch the games.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T19:11:07Z
Good Variety but Repetitive – There are plenty of places to eat which is good but after a while it becomes repetitive.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T07:33:15Z
Very Friendly Place – I had very good experience. cultural shock at beginning but its better now.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T07:29:42Z
Good for Mormons – House are comparatively cheap. Dorm provided buy college are well maintained and pretty high standards. People are very friendly , housing contracts are pretty simple.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-11T05:11:14Z
Computer Labs and Printers – There are a lot of computer labs all over campus and it is very possible to get through school without owning a computer. The labs sometimes get busy during certain times of day and especially during midterms and final week. It is extremely nice to have your own computer because you don't have to do your work based on the hours that the labs are open and you don't have to wait for and open computer and there is no time limit. Despite this they extend lab hours during finals and have many many computer labs throughout campus. The printers are great. I always emailed my self my papers and opened them on a school computer and used my student ID to print it. The printers are cheap and very accessible.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T17:01:50Z
I'm not a big snow fan, but people up here love winter sports. It's May and the weather forecast says it's supposed to snow tomorrow! Not cool.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T16:59:51Z
Due to religious affiliations of most students, drug use is very limited and rare. Even drinking. Only a handful of groups do it and it is definitely kept on the down low.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T16:56:38Z
Wavering Loyalties – Places in Provo are really just competing for price. Unfortunately many don't develop loyalty in their customers because college kids are always looking for a deal. Which means a lot of place give out coupons and free things!
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-07T00:26:44Z
Since BYU is a LDS university, members of our church come from all over the country, or even world, to attend. The diversity of peoples origins creates a fun atmosphere but that is about the only diverse aspect of the student body. For the most part, the students are white and LDS. Also, as members of our church, boys serve a 2 year mission when they are 19 so there are very few boys between the ages of 19 and 21. After girls finish their freshman year, the only boys for them to date are at least two years older. This, and the fact that we practice abstinence before marriage, results in some girls, and even boys, getting married very young. Because of this, it is not uncommon to see babies on campus or even in class. For us single people, though, some areas of off campus housing are very social and their is always a dance party or some activity to attend.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-07T00:17:56Z
I have always lived close enough to campus to walk or ride my bike. There is a lot of close housing so a lot of people do the same but I know some people take the bus to school and the rest drive. There isn't very much close parking and campus security is pretty hyper about giving out parking tickets. The off campus parking is awful, though. People are always getting booted or towed.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-07T00:07:37Z
Math Ed. Student – To get a degree in Math Education at BYU is challenging but fair. The math ed. classes are helpful in preparing to be a math teacher in a middle school or high school. Unfortunately, we are required to take very high level math classes which are very challenging and some students feel that we should be focusing more on subjects that we will actually be teaching such as algebra, geometry, and calculus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-04T17:32:33Z
BYU has average parking. Since the school is built partially on a mountain, much of the parking is down on the lower end and it's annoying to climb the stairs every day. University policy is very strict with their parking, even a bit ridiculously so sometimes.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-04T17:30:42Z
BYU is a very diverse school, with people from all sorts of countries and backgrounds. However, the school isn't very religiously diverse. Since it's an LDS-owned school, many of the people are LDS.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-04T17:27:18Z
Health & Safety:
Safety and Security – Given the nature of BYU, the campus is very safe (the security is average, but with the reduced amount of visible crime it isn't too bad). One thing in particular that I'm sure some appreciate and take advantage of is the safe walk--women that would like a male escort after dark can call university police, who will then contact someone on a volunteer list to escort them home.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-03T22:14:01Z
Dance It up! Since BYU is basically a Mormon school, you never see anyone getting drunk or wanting to drink or get high. BYU offers so many dances though! Each month you'll find several different themed dances you can dress up and attend and meet so many new people!
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-03T22:09:11Z
Friendly Surroundings – Provo may not be the biggest town in the United States, but probably the biggest plus of being there is the protection one can feel. Crime rate is extremely low; you never have to worry about going somewhere by yourself. Provo has such a friendly atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-03T22:06:07Z
Amazing Music Staff – When I heard that Brigham Young University's Music School had a full conservatory-trained music staff, I couldn't resist going there! All of the teachers there are very personable, and they make you feel like you're worth something all the time. Classes start out with laughs and positive energy which makes the environment so enjoyable to be in.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-03T18:14:04Z
Drug Scene – My experience at BYU I have never seen the use drugs and the usage of alcohol one time, At BYU, we have the honor code and the presence of drugs and alcohol is unacceptable, if caught, it leads to suspension and/or dismissal from the school. The honor code creates a safe and drug/alcohol-less environment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-03T18:07:47Z
My off campus housing experience has been great. The only complaint is you have to pay for quality. There is a significant difference in price so there are cheap options but to live comfortably you have to pay a steeper price. But comparable to other school its relatively inexpensive.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-03T18:04:21Z
Health & Safety:
Safety & Security – At Brigham Young University I have always felt safe while walking on campus. Even at night, the campus has well lit areas for students to walk back to their car and/or buses. I feel like there is a great security system that the staff and professors are well aware of, that if something did happen I would feel comfortable to notifying any teacher. Campus police is in an accessible building and although I have never had a problem; when I went to visit there they were helpful and I always see them patrolling around campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-30T02:36:54Z
The off-campus dining offers several options are withing walking distance.
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