College Junior 2012-06-25T15:23:34Z
Hidden Under the Rocks – I know you can find them if you really want to. It's pretty hush-hush though. On the flipside, if you don't want to find them, you probably won't.
College Junior 2012-06-25T15:15:34Z
Excellent, but Not Easy – The curriculum is difficult. However, if you take the time to get help from your professors, the TA's, and your peers, you have every chance to succeed. If you don't care enough to do that, then you might not stay the straight-A student you were in high school. A's aren't something you easily come by at BYU. The classes are great, the teachers are knowledgeable and helpful, but if you're looking to float through college like you did high school, then you might want to choose a different school. If you're looking for a higher education that is worth your tuition money, then BYU is a great choice!
College Junior 2012-06-25T04:54:15Z
Health & Safety:
The police here can be quite strict but they definitely keep the place safe. The area is alcohol free and while petty theft does happen, I feel okay leaving my laptop for minutes at a time while searching the library shelves. If you would like to know more, read our Police Beat!
College Junior 2012-06-25T04:51:08Z
You get every season of the year here down at the Y. The one thing I would say is be prepared for anything. Some years we have 6 months of snow, and others we have none at all.
College Junior 2012-06-25T04:48:28Z
Over half of the students here have their own laptops. This clears up most of the crowding in computer labs. BYU has top-notch computers, including multiple labs in the library, and across campus. Also, they pay a lot of money to get super fast internet. The reliability is wonderful and printing is a bit more than I would like, but you can find it quite cheap if you know where to look.
College Junior 2012-06-25T04:46:21Z
Hard Work but Tons of Fun! If you come here, be prepared. Classes start piling on work immediately, and it is definitely a couple of steps above most universities. However, if you are willing to work hard and don't fall behind, this is one of the best experiences of your life. You have wonderful professors, a beautiful campus, and a great student life. I would recommend it to anyone!
College Junior 2012-06-23T22:14:58Z
Typical Activities and Attractions – BYU is really the main attraction of Provo, Utah, and while the businesses do cater to a younger crowd, there's not much in the way of arts or culture. However, the music scene is quite strong and gaining momentum. Provo is really a college town and is full of college aged students who are creative about their recreational activities. It's a very average town, not particularly unique. The people come from all over the country and the world for BYU, so it can be interesting some times. It's very mellow, as small cities go.
College Junior 2012-06-23T22:10:23Z
Lots of Affordable Decent Housing Available – Living on campus is really only for freshmen, so there are tons of options for off-campus housing that is affordable and the apartments and houses aren't that bad. There is lots of BYU Approved housing all over Provo and Orem and most landlords are fair and understanding.
College Junior 2012-06-23T21:56:12Z
It's dry, and very hot during summer and downright abysmal in the winter. I don't like snow, but if you love snow then you'll be okay.
College Senior 2012-06-23T17:21:43Z
Health & Safety:
Extremely Safe – BYU campus feels so safe I may be in danger of feeling too secure. There is very little crime. Students leave their belongings unattended all the time with very little problems. All the walks are very well lit, there are no drugs or drunken partiers to cause problems.
College Senior 2012-06-23T17:17:04Z
Lots of Community Support – Provo is a very family friendly town: water park, malls, quaint and quirky shops, community events, low crime rate. Since BYU students are generally very respectable and law-abiding the community is very supportive of them, a lot of local businesses give student discounts and families hire students to teach music lessons, babysit, etc. The entire community gets behind BYU sports in a big way. BYU hosts a wide range of cultural events that are also well attended by the community.
College Senior 2012-06-23T17:02:17Z
Mostly Self-Regulated – BYU has a strict Honor Code requiring high moral behavior but in general students regulate their own behavior. I think it is very rare for a student to actually be disciplined for an Honor Code violation. The students who come to BYU know that a high standard is expected both morally and academically and are generally very self-motivated, goal-oriented students so there really isn't a lot of need for administrative action or campus police getting involved in a lot of incidents. This actually makes for a very up-beat, fun atmosphere since students feel safer and generally have a greater satisfaction associated with their academic and social lives.
College Senior 2012-06-23T16:37:36Z
Not Too Bad – Regular student parking permits are free, but you have to leave plenty of time(15-20 min) to find a good spot if you want any of the closer parking spaces. Even if you have to park in the farthest lot, it's not too bad. There is a lot of housing close to campus so unless you live beyond the bulk of the student body or you just hate walking you're likely not going to need to worry about parking anyway. First time tickets are around $20 and increase with subsequent tickets.
College Senior 2012-06-23T16:24:28Z
An Experience With Real-Life Value, in the Ways That Matter Most. As an older, returning student, I chose to go back to BYU because it was such a great experience the first time. There are lots of things that make BYU unique but one of my favorites is the Y-serve organization. BYU logs more service hours and humanitarian work than any other school. This is a reflection of the overall atmosphere of helpful, kind people. BYU also sets a very high academic standard. I have heard many transfer students remark about how their BYU classes are much more challenging than comparable classes at other schools. With a degree from BYU I know I can feel competent and even have an edge in the real world.
College Senior 2012-06-22T20:05:42Z
Social, Inexpensive, Fun, Convenient – You can very easily live in campus housing with everything within walking distance, lots of social interaction. The Wilkinson Student Center has just about everything - bowling ally, game center, movie theatre, barber shop, student counceling, service organization, restaurants, student bookstore/ convenience store, and more. Lots of on campus activities, many for free.
College Senior 2012-06-21T05:07:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Hipster Central – BYU is filled with hipsters. And by that, I mean college students that want to try to be as unique as possible while still abiding to the standards of their religion. You'll find people in the average thrift store outfits, eating organic food, talking about their favorite bands that no one else knows of. They're the type that will spend more time talking about all the unique and crazy places they've traveled, and how unique and creative their future plans are, when ironically most can be found still living in Provo even after they've graduated. Not only is it hard to date this type, but provo hipsters are difficult to even find attractive. In less you are attracted to the type you can't relate to at all.
College Senior 2012-06-21T04:48:35Z
There's No Fan Like a Cougar Fan – The sporting events at BYU are super fun to attend! Cougar fans are enthusiastic and always supportive of their team. On game day, you'll find seats filling up quickly, with everyone wearing the school colors of blue and white. While there is a competitive vibe in the air, cougar fans are always respectiful and enthusiastic! Go cougs!
College Junior 2012-06-18T20:12:02Z
Sports Are Awesome – I can only see the sports from a fan view,but what I have seen is pretty stellar. At Brigham Young University, we believe that the sports programs are carriers of our values to where we play. We play with honor.
College Junior 2012-06-17T23:11:44Z
Guys & Girls:
The students at BYU hold themselves to a high standard and as such, they look more clean cut and put together. Additionally, they are brought up in good, respectful families so they are very easy to get along with and are very supportive. They're a very attractive group of people who wont take advantage of you.
College Junior 2012-06-14T17:11:13Z
Haven't Lived Off Campus Yet – I can't give an actual grade or answer for this because I have yet to live off campus, but I know from what my brother has experienced, although they may be a little pricey depending on where you're located, the social life makes it all worth while. My brother lived at The Colony this past semester and absolutely loved it.
College Junior 2012-06-14T17:04:51Z
Although BYU is a wonderful place with many friendly, welcoming people, the fact of the matter is, there just isn't very much diversity at BYU. Being of Asian-Pacific descent, I do have to admit it was very different attending BYU after attending very culturally diverse grade schools, but I do think things are changing. Compared to what my parents have described in their day ( my mother was one of two Japanese students at BYU), the cultural diversity of BYU is beginning to grow. There are many programs that help to stimulate and support students of differing ethnicities and cultures, and BYU is working very hard to get more ethnic students in attendance with such incentives as scholarships, etc.
College Junior 2012-06-14T16:54:15Z
Some people go to school looking for the time of their lives. A time to party hard, throw off parental chains, and loose yourself in full-fledged "adult" fun. Some people go to school to become the very best they can be in their chosen field. Others go to "find" themselves, discover who they really are and what path they want to follow in the life ahead of them. I went to BYU not knowing what I was looking for, what I wanted. Yet, I found something even greater than what I could have ever wanted for myself. I found a beautiful campus, alive with information booths, live concerts, free cookies, and even a ferris wheel. I found a student population vibrant with so much hope, talent, and potential for the future. I have never met or been surrounded by so many intelligent people, and to tell the truth, it was hard my first couple of months there. You look around you, and you can't help but feel inadequate or insignificant because there are just so many good people doing good things. What I really got from BYU, though, is an experience I will never forget. An experience that brought me satisfaction, surprise, and happiness in every aspect of college life any young person seeks after. I experience a social life unlike any other, constantly "hanging out" and getting to know friendly BYU students at school-wide events and just in the classroom. I learned how to be self-sufficient and responsible for myself in my living situation, finding balance with keeping up with schoolwork and even church work, with fulfilling my duties at home with my roommates. I learned that I am much more capable than I ever thought I was. BYU pushed me so far at times, that I thought I just couldn't do it anymore, but the support of friends, staff, and others, would help me through it, and somehow I would always rise victorious in the end.BYU has helped me become a better person. BYU taught me a lot of things. More than anything, though, it taught me to trust in my own abilities and to challenge myself beyond what I ever thought I could do. For this and more, I will always have a special place in my heart for BYU and for the experiences that I have been able to have there.
College Senior 2012-06-14T01:32:27Z
The Only Way to Go – My freshman year was incredible. The most fun I have ever had in my entire life. Every night was a party. I miss those days so much. No worries about cooking or fun or friends. I mean, it was hard to get a lot of homework done... but it was incredible. Helaman Halls were clean and sponsored tons of activities.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-12T22:48:15Z
Great Scholarship Options – BYU gives many merit based scholarships. There are GPA and college based (if you have declared a major) scholarship options every semester for four years. There are also more options to be found in the financial aid office. The scholarship application is fairly easy and highly rewarding.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-12T22:32:22Z
Many Options – There are many options for housing close to campus and cheaper options that are older or farther away from campus. Parking can be tricky close to campus so make sure you know what your options are. Very safe area in general.
Sorry, there are no reviews.