Brigham Young University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (58)
Brigham Young University offered an excellent education in all aspects of my life. I left the university with a greater understanding of my purpose as an individual in every sense. The school's motto is "Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve.", which I have found to be inspiring in my life. I often think back on my time as a student at BYU with nothing but fondness. The lessons learned both inside and outside of the classroom have molded me into the person I am today. BYU is a school that offers students the unique opportunity to learn secular in a spiritual environment. Many classes begin with prayer, even if they have no religious content otherwise. I believe this environment helps to open minds and enrich individuals. I felt that I was better able to learn and accept teachings because the teachings were accompanied by a spirit of achievement. Even though there were a lot of amazingly successful and intelligent people, I never felt that I had to compete to get a good grade. Teachers did not pit students against one another, and students were almost always willing to work with each other to ensure that everyone does well. I would recommend BYU to anyone who is willing to live according to the School's Honor Code and who is looking for an enriching environment in which to learn. You do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in order to attend BYU. You may find that it is just the environment you are looking for even if you do not belong to that particular faith. It was the perfect place for me. I do not believe I would have become the person I am today without my time at BYU.
This university was a great experience. As it a religious school that aligned with my religious beliefs, I was comfortable with the expectations and guidelines of the school. The support to earn my teaching license was fantastic (taking the praxis, filling out paperwork, etc.) I would like to see the program geared more to real-life teaching experiences. Practicum and student teaching were definitely helpful, but many of the assignments did not apply to my experience as a teacher in the real world.
Great experience. I graduated with no debt and was accepted to an Ivy League medical school.
I would like to note ahead of time, that since my experience, my college program failed to be certified for teachers (probably due to some of the items I note in my review), they since changed a lot of the way they run their program (of which I am not familiar), and are now certified to train teachers. As such, I recommend that you do your own research into how the program functions now should you want to attend this institution. During my experience, there was no cohesion in the program. This means that the school of elementary education was broken into 5 different cohorts based upon the 5 different school districts that students would be attending for their practicum experiences and student teaching. Each program had their own set of classes and instructional methods as well as observation and in-class experiences. None of them were the same. For example, the Nebo Cohort (which I attended my first half) was very organized. Each of the methods classes were designed to focus students towards the 10 standards of Utah Teachers and helping students prepare their final portfolios they will need to move from a level 1 teacher to a level 2 teacher. They taught four different types of lesson teaching styles and expected students to apply all four methods in their practicum experience to gain expertise in a variety of methods. The preservice teachers were assigned to their own classroom with their own cooperating teacher and had opportunities to teach and work with students every day. Alpine cohort, on the other hand, was disorganized (I worked with them my second half). Their portfolio was a hodgepodge of anything and everything you ever did. There was no organization or implication for how those records would relate to the 10 standards or the final organized portfolio for teacher transitions. The assessments class was taught by a celebrity who was gone more than he was there and didn't know the materials. He instead used class time to promote his book (not related in any way to the topic of the class). In school experiences grouped 2-4 preservice teachers to one cooperating teacher. This made it so that you were not allowed to teach or work with students more than one time in a week period. So it was luck of the draw for whether you got a great experience or a horrible one.
I loved the learning and opportunities to grow in many ways I had in College. Particularly the ability to really dig in, understand an issue, and form my beliefs through discussion with others.
Great school, but you will need to be proactive. Professors or staff don't reach out to you as much as you would expect, so expect to contact your professors and administration more than you normally might to get the best experience.
Awesome place to learn and to grow. Very helpful faculty and great student body.
Great experience! Great ongoing experiment in cultivating an environment of spiritual and secular learning.
I love that college helps me get the job I want. However I wish we could do without the general requirements.
Really great school with a very high quality level of education and very affordable.