Brigham Young University
Jaren Wilkey—BYU

Brigham Young University

Jul 24, 2014

BYU-Provo is the main campus of a private college system specializing in educating members of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Non-Mormons can attend, but are charged twice as much for tuition as church members and must obey the school’s strict code of conduct. That means abstaining from coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; dressing modestly; and living a “chaste and virtuous life” both on and off campus.

The lack of distraction appears to work to students’ advantage: BYU grads report earning, on average, $50,000 a year within five years. That’s $2,700 more than schools that take in students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds.

Not surprisingly, the campus is not very diverse. Fewer than 6% of students say they are either black or Hispanic. BYU’s Division I sports teams are very competitive, especially in football, volleyball, track, and women’s soccer. The comparatively modern campus is about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, and offers views of the nearby Rocky Mountains. Because of the emphasis on church, family, and the honor code, students say that dating is a main social activity and that many BYU students go on to pair off and get married.

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