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| The school's accounting program in my opinion is under rated. The professors are all very competent and knowledgeable. All of the professors I have had are good at teaching. I can clearly understand what they are trying to teach me, and when I have questions or need clarification they have always been willing to clarify and expound. I can also approach them after class to ask questions. |
If you are bored during the week because you have not found something to do, it really is just your own fault. There are all types of activities to get involved in. The problem I have found is choosing which activities I want to keep because of time constraints. I personally love the dancing. There are multiple dances and dancing opportunities through out the week. It is true that the students are friendly and approachable. You can find friends easily. I would recommend you find something you enjoy or something you want to pick up and find it on campus and join up. That could be your style of dancing, your specific sport, instrument, ect.
|Mar 18 2013|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| Academics in this school are, astonishingly, very good. I was quite impressed and surprised at how intelligent and experienced my professors were. All of them are very down to earth and very focused on student success. Looking back, it makes sense that this school has so many great professors, because the Mormon Church is able to pick the 'top' Mormons from around the world and have them teach at their schools. I had a couple professors who graduated from Ivy Leagues and a few others from very prestigious schools. The quality of the education that this school offers is definitely nothing to worry about.|
Being an LDS Church sponsored school, this school contains mostly Mormons. This probably comes as no surprise to anyone reading this. There are many people that have transfered to BYU-I from BYU-P or have chosen BYU-I over BYU-P. I've heard many reasons for this but the two most common are: the people at Provo can be very arrogent, and that Provo contains more 'super Mormons'. That being said, it's not that Mormons at BYU-I are more laid back about the rules and their beliefs, they're just not as flamboyant about it.
This school has a 97% acceptance rate and with that high acceptance rate comes something very terrible: there are A LOT of unambitious and generally unintelligent people here. There is no competitive drive in academics. It seems that an education is secondary to students here. Many are here primarily to date and get married or to kill time before going on a mission.
Students usually have a very closed mind, and are not open to discussion of alternative ideas or opinions. Students are quickly offended by ideas that oppose the LDS Church's standpoints, often leaving holes in class discussions and throttles what would be open learning environment. I am not really able to find anyone with interesting opinions and views, because everyones opinions and views are very, very similar.
Boy-girl relationships at BYU-I are unique. The girls are very dateable. By that I mean that girls are usually open to going on a date with pretty much any guy at least once (if they're not already taken) and they are very friendly. I've heard girls say that they have been told by their church leaders to always say yes if a guy asks them on a first date. However, it is weird dating here, because everyone is dating with the goal of getting married (sooner rather than later). People get married left and right at BYU-I. I've been told by some of my older roommates that they have been told that their main purpose for being at this school is to get married. Keep this in mind if you are going to this school and don't plan on getting married for a while. You might start dating someone only to find that they are expecting a ring by the month's end. If you are a girl, expect to be proposed to every time you step outside.
I come from the suburbs of a large city so Rexburg was a big change for me. The town is extremely small and is surrounded by farms. Most of the town begins shutting down after 8. There are a few places on Main St. that aren't constantly devoid of life, but those places are one of a kind in Rexburg. Most of the food is fast food with Applebee's being the fanciest restaurant in town, so that can kind of give you an idea of the range of food options here (the food on campus is great though). There's a ton of fun to be had if you have a car and don't mind driving places, but much of that fun dies once it get's too cold or if you do not have a car. There are some good ski resorts nearby but they can be quite expensive and getting out there is challenging without a car. There are no cities nearby and the tallest building within 50 miles is the Mormon temple (don't quote me on that), which is fitting I guess. And the color green does not exist outside of the campus; the color palette of Idaho is mostly brown. Personally, I really dislike the town. I'm a city person. I like tall buildings, noise and everything being within walking distance. Also, coming from the east coast where everything is green and hilly, it was a change I did not like at all.I'm about to head back to my second year at BYU-I and I'm looking to transfer to another school after this year. My experience there was not one that I was looking for. Academically, this school is surprisingly awesome and I'm really looking forward to the classes I am taking this year. However, the ack of academic drive in students, the extreme focus on religion, the focus on marriage, the boring town of Rexburg and the climate are what did me in. Don't let my experience make you think that this is a bad school because it's not, some people love this school very much and I can definitely see why, it's just not for everyone.
|Sep 05 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
|Not so bright|
| BYU-Idaho stands as a bulwark against the increasing lack of the affordability of secondary education. It is also designed with principles derived directly from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In an effort to create a spiritually rich atmosphere, that includes people from varying economic and academic backgrounds, BYU-Idaho has some major problems that must be decisively dealt with. These problems derive from the virtues that have attracted so many young people. The growth of the student population is a hyperbolic trend due to the higher academic standards for acceptance at BYU-Provo, the worsening of economic conditions, and the higher tuition offered at public colleges. In an effort to reduce costs, the numbers of newly-hired faculty members and academic counselors have been kept to a minimum. |
Due to a larger population occupying a smaller number of classrooms and teachers the number of internet courses has skyrocketed. Many students who although know who their academic advisor is, cannot effectively communicate or voice their concerns or available options unless they can show up in person to the Academic Discovery Center or Satellite Advising centers. The critical line of communication between the Academic Discovery Center and the Satellite Advising centers is seemingly non-existent. Upon communicating with one of these one may notice that they have no capacity to remain informed and why emails cannot be forwarded to an appropriate source that may not appear obvious to students. The number of new students that work as advisers in a lower-bulwark chain of command has also skyrocketed. Often, these new student advisers do not have the correct information to assist students, and also have their coursework to do as well. Students have to learn and cope with this new structure and must bypass the misinformation to older, more experienced members. Compassion and patience are necessary virtues when dealing with such types of situations.
The housing shortage that was created in the population boom created an increase in rents that is unfavorable. Older housing units will charge students lower rent to lure them to their worn properties. When students exit at the end of their semester or term they can be surprised to find extra charges that may be for cleaning or more electricity use than was expected in the initial payment at the beginning of the term. There is no fair, transparent process where students can contest these charges. Housing managers are not required to show electricity bill receipts, nor provide accurate information on their sneaky cleaning charges, even if the spaces were exited in good faith, cleaned, and cared for. Aged handicap parking spaces are sometimes unrecognizable, and the parking authorities are merciless. In these cases, the housing property manager will not pay these fees even though the conditions of these parking spaces may violate ADA laws. There is no clear, transparent process to contest. When looking for housing, as a student it is better to find a housing manager who is not a student and has experience. Shop around and tour your apartment complex first. Seemingly incomparable housing complexes may have similar prices due to hidden costs.
Constant internet outages are to be expected from the Off-Campus Internet provider, Hotsite. These outages affect the performance and the availability of tests, homework, and other necessary information that students require to fulfill their academic responsibilities. Hotsite claims that students using their services on Internet Routers bog down their services, but many students argue that this has no possible effect on poor, but semi-available bandwidth, and it is an attempt by the service provider to limit people from receiving free internet through unsecured routers. As a student, I noticed regular outages of about two per month. These outages may last more than a 24 hour period. The student BlackBoard service, now called BrainHoney is constantly down on the weekend at least once per month, but do not generally affect the availability of resources. The BYU-Idaho website is disorganized and confusing, and always in a state of flux. Information that is logically found in one category may have to be found in a seemingly unexpected location, and must be recalled again to find such information.
Scholarships that are offered on the basis of academic merit sometimes may delayed an extra semester for a tuition reduction. The class registration process is highly limited to students and classes fill quickly. Sometimes, academic requirements for general degrees are bypassed to another class. Most students already know the more likeable faculty and class times and will add them first. Registration must be done quickly and without delay. Compounding the registration problem is the backlog created by Academic Discovery/Satellite Centers that do not resolve student concerns in terms of what they need to take. This means that uninformed students may occupy credits that they don?t need.
|Dec 03 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |