Brigham Young University Reviews
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BYU was a very lively campus with a lot of students. Professors and students are friendly, kind, ambitious and take learning very seriously. I did not find a very diverse group of individuals either in the academic faculty or within the student body, resulting in a frustrating experience and difficulty in expressing my own professional and personal aspirations that did not fit a very specific mold.
The most useful part of the elementary education program was the two consecutive semesters that combined regular campus coursework with field experience in public schools. For one month out of each semester we were assigned to a classroom at an elementary school that participated in an ongoing partnership with the university. The responsibilities in real classrooms made the textbook knowledge actually meaningful and applicable. This helped to prepare me for my own entry into professional teaching.
BYU is amazing. However, it has some of the same problems inherent to modern universities: many programs are marketed to students that really have no career application outside higher academia. I think all departments, especially liberal arts, need to be more forthright with career options.
BYU is a great university! It is famous for its honor code, which is a moral code that students agree to live by. This provides an atmosphere of integrity to go along with the intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The Organ Performance program was particularly awesome - the professors were totally invested in my success, often giving me extra lessons during their free time. I would recommend this program to any aspiring organist and church musician.
Brigham Young University is an incredible and unique University. The programs and opportunities it offers are limitless. Anything you want to be, can be prepared for at BYU. Unfortunately as a young college student I didn't have much perspective on my future goals or what I wanted to pursue career wise. My interests were so diverse that I had a hard time narrowing my major down. I chose to major in Geography with an emphasis on travel and tourism because at the time (about 2002) my main interests were traveling and learning about the world. I was not well prepared for the difficulty I would encounter post graduation finding a solid career in this field. Travel agencies were dying out and the internet was taking over the travel industry. My only saving grace was the surge in airline industry where I ended up pursuing a career as a flight attendant. After marrying and having children, traveling with the airlines became increasingly difficult. I realized after having my third child that my days as a flight attendant were numbered. And sadly, my marriage in divorce. Now I find myself a single mother that needs to start over and switch gears. This Fall I will be starting a Masters in Teaching program with Western Governors University. This is a special post-baccalaureate Master's program designed specifically for people like me that have a Bachelor's degree and want to pursue a graduate degree in Teaching. Being a teacher and a mentor comes naturally to me so it was an easy decision to apply for this degree program. WGU is an online University that will allow me to study and attend class from home while I tend to the needs of my children. Because single parenthood is so challenging financially, scholarships are incredibly appreciated in order to further my education and take care of my family.
BYU is the best university. I cherished my time there and have the fondest memories of my time there. The campus is beautiful and the classes are inspiring. I would definitely choose to attend again if I had to choose over again. I chose Exercise Science for my undergrad to help me achieve my goal of becoming a PA. I would probably not suggest that major if you are just planning on doing an undergrad as it doesn't leave many career opportunities.
For the price the school is the best bang for your buck you are going to get. It is a very respected school that has a very good reputation. The problems that I had with the school were class size, the limited amount of space in the programs of study in which you had to apply to get into, but if did not get in what are you supposed to do?! Then you end up wasting your time at a school hoping to get into your program of study. The campus is beautiful, and well maintained.
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 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.
I love that college helps me get the job I want. However I wish we could do without the general requirements.