Brigham Young University Reviews
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BYUs English Department is chock full of educators with a passion for teaching and helping those in their classes see the importance of their studies. As with many liberal arts degrees, the soft skills taught do not correlate with dollars and cents the way a degree in the sciences might, but the skills I picked up along the way have been invaluable for my current career in marketing
My time at BYU has been an outstanding example of true educational value. Students and professors are all of the highest caliber and raise the bar for academic and behavioral excellence a little higher every year. For the amount that the average student pays in tuition and fees, I have a hard time imagining another institution that provides as much by way of resources and high-quality learning experiences for the price. The party scene definitely isn't typical of other universities around the nation since, but what BYU lacks in greek life and raves it makes up for in adventurous outdoor activities. Personally, I have loved being able to drive 20 minutes from my apartment up the canyon with a bunch of friends from class, ski at Sundance for a few hours and be back in time for afternoon class in the winter. On the other hand, summers leave hundreds of miles of trails open for day trips to nearby waterfalls, summits and hot springs, a welcome relief from the rigorous study schedule of a typical BYU student.
BYU is a great school. From an academic perspective I was intellectually engaged in nearly every class I took. I was especially impressed with the accounting major and business school as a whole. Socially, it is a large student body of over 30,000 and so there is always something fun going on.
Exceptional faculty. Smart people. The only problem is that the English program is very divided as I think many English programs are. There are the creative types who just like to read books and write and talk about them, and then there are sentence diagraming types who hope to become teachers. They don't get along too well. God forbid you are one type and end up in the other type's class. Yikes. This only happened to me a few times and I survived. It is fairly easy to tailor your experience to get what you want.
I loved BYU. The school is very much focused on undergraduate so the classes are geared toward good teaching and preparing for a good graduate program. The physics program specifically could focus more on teaching than research, as right now both are just OK. The teaching part of the physics program is excellent, however.
I loved BYU. It was a great environment where I was able to work hard and receive tons of help. The LDS church really brings a good spirit to the campus and people are happy and fun to be with. The church also helps with tuition costs so that's really nice. The professors really care and want to be there. There is always help to be found in whatever situation you are in. Classes are tough but you learn a lot. I wouldn't trade my time there for anything.
BYU provides a stellar educational experience. I was challenged by the curriculum and the depth of research and study required to complete the program. I feel it was a great stepping stone for my graduate degree. The opportunities for clubs and extra curricular activities were plentiful.
BYU certainly has its flaws, but I wouldn't trade my time there for anything. I had tons of opportunities to research with professors here, more than I think the average undergraduate student gets. The faculty were incredibly kind, and were genuinely interested in my well-being and my future. This summer I was invited to be a research fellow at my first choice graduate school; an opportunity I received largely because of the the work BYU allowed me to take part in during my undergraduate years.
BYU is, in my humble opinion, one of the best schools you can attend for the price you pay. The professors are there because they want to be. The campus is beautiful and very clean, nestled right up to the Wasatch Mountains. When it came time to look for a job, BYU's reputation held a very high standard in the eyes of the employers I met with, and I was able to secure a great job right out of college. BYU will definitely be on top of our list when our children are getting ready to go to college.
"So you're studying to be a mom? That's why you're spending money on college?" My dad's words sounded harsh over the phone. "No, Dad. That's not what the Family Life is. I'm studying to have a job and to truly help others." My dad was not convinced that day. I did not have the words to explain what my programs was, but now I do. Even though I could not explain my major choice to my dad, it was the best choice of major for me and prepared me for my future career. Let me start by clearing the elephant out of the room: Family Life is not the study of how to be a homemaker. In fact, it is a "soft science"--Family Life combines psychology, social science, and therapy practices to weave together a program focused on understanding and strengthening family units. Homework is frequently comprised of reading and analyzing studies by family experts on why families are important, what makes a strong family, and how we as professionals (therapists, social workers, and policy makers to name a few) can help families thrive. My favorite classes in the Family Life major was Helping Relationships taught by Dr. Mark Butler. In this class, we had the unique experience of developing family therapy skills as undergraduates. Through simulations and help from our professor, we learned how to balance a therapy session with multiple parties in distress. After this class, I feel confident in my initial therapy skills as I start my graduate program in Social Work. The Family Life department at Brigham Young University is chalk-full of professors that are experts on the family. They are eager to interact with students and provide research opportunities. Undergraduate classes and students are a huge priority for the professors! In addition, BYU's graduate program for Family Therapy is one of the top ranked in the nation. Students in the Family Life program stand a good chance of getting into this great Master's program. I loved my undergraduate experience, so I hope I explained my major in a way that does it justice. I do not hesitate to recommend Brigham Young University and the Family Life program!