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Great educational quality, but

Jun 06 2014Sociology
Great educational quality, but a very hard place to live socially. The LDS culture is very unique and was the greatest challenge for me.
4th Year Female -- Class 2014
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Individual Value: C

The Computer Science Department

Apr 14 2013Computer Science
The Computer Science Department at BYU is certainly under-par. Reasons are many, but please take my advice and that of so many others now stuck here, choose a different school if you are pursuing Computer Science.
1st Year Male -- Class 2015
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Education Quality: F

BYU is unlike other universities

Jul 23 2012Accounting
BYU is unlike other universities. I am a transferred to BYU from Pima Community College several years ago and am now studying in the accounting undergraduate program. I have found that other reviews are perhaps outdated and/or inaccurate. For sure BYU is unlike other universities as it is a private university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those who are not members of the church will find that the church has a very strong presence on campus. Some non-member students enjoy this some do not - to each their own.

As far as accounting goes, BYU is one of the best colleges in the nation to study accounting. The quality of the faculty and courses is superb. Their many opportunities for internships and employment all around the world. Provo was recently named the most business friendly city in the U.S., so opportunities for experience locally are abundant. As far as reputation goes, BYU is recruited by and has a strong reputation among all big four firms as well as many fortune 50 firms.

The accounting program is grueling and hard, do not expect an easy way through. The group work provides real world experiences and helps to prepare students for their careers. Job placement is near 100 percent, better than most any other undergraduate and graduate program in the country.

It is true that some students and even perhaps faculty are a little closed minded as they live in somewhat of a bubble. It has been my experience that this is pretty much true any where, however, perhaps more evident at BYU because of the religious influence. As for the surrounding area. Some complain about Provo, sure it is not New York City. If you are active in the outdoors though there is no better place. There are hundreds of mountain biking trails within biking distance of campus. There is world class rock climbing 3 minutes away up Provo canyon. There are endless miles of wilderness to camp and hike. There are excellent urban trails for long boarding and running. There is a strong cycling community and lots of racing. There is a local water park and for anything more urbana Salt Lake is only 30 min. away. Park City is also close by with the best snow on earth. When folks say Provo is boring, all I can think is that those people must be pretty boring themselves.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: A-
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