Brigham Young University — Idaho

Here’s a free collection of resources about Brigham Young University Idaho- BYU-Idaho blogs, videos, groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who attend(ed) BYU-Idaho, etc.

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BYU-Idaho Blogs

Here’s a list of BYU-Idaho blogs- blogs written by people who attend BYU-Idaho, or about BYU-Idaho.

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BYU-Idaho Horticulture Blog 2017
BYU-Idaho Marine Biology 2017
BYU-Idaho Bookstore 2017
BYU-Idaho Academic Catalog 2017
BYU-Idaho Scholarships 2017
BYU-Idaho News 2017
BYU-Idaho Twitter Account 2017
BYU-Idaho Career Networking Center 2016
Rachel Scoresby 2016
Hailey Busath 2012

BYU-Idaho Groups

BYU-Idaho Groups On Facebook

  1. BYU-Idaho Online Student Support (4,379 members)
  2. BYU-Idaho Soccer (1,096 members)
  3. BYU-Idaho Recreation Management Society (433 members)
  4. BYU-Idaho Pre-Dental Society (399 members)
  5. BYU-Idaho Family History Students and Alumni (307 members)
  6. BYU-Idaho Graphic Design (254 members)
  7. BYU-Idaho Nursing Alumni (152 members)
  8. BYU-Idaho Information Design (109 members)
  9. BYU-Idaho Secret Acts of Service (70 members)
  10. BYU-Idaho Friends (63 members)
  11. BYU-Idaho Snowboard and Ski Group (53 members)
  12. BYU-Idaho Book Resale (53 members)
  13. Sharing Goodness at BYU-Idaho (50 members)
  14. Geeks, Gamers, and Nerds of BYU-Idaho (42 members)
  15. BYU-Idaho ASL (22 members)

Other BYU-Idaho Groups And Forums

  1. BYU-Idaho Online Instruction Community

BYU-Idaho Survey

We’re surveying people who attend(ed) BYU-Idaho. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*The information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Your first name, Years you attended BYU-Idaho)

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BYU-Idaho: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about BYU-Idaho?

  • I love how involved the teachers are with the students, and how they truly care about the students lives. I also love how we involve the spirit in everything we do. (Derek, 2017)
  • Devotional. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • It is away from all the distractions big cities provide. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Professors. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • I love the small classes and the opportunity to be in leadership and to have real life experience, even if it is on campus. (Mikayla, 2012-2016)
  • Soccer. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • Cheap tuition. (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Rec sports. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • The spiritual environment. (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • The friends I made. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Having the Spirit during class and being a dry campus. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • My rec classes and faculty. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about BYU-Idaho?

  • Honestly I don’t have a least favorite thing about BYU-Idaho (Derek, 2017)
  • Unfriendly people. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • The counselors were not helpful. It was very hard to figure out class scheduling as a freshmen and sophomore. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Mormon culture. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • The Mormon culture. (Mikayla, 2012-2016)
  • Entitled minds. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • The attitudes of people. (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Freezing cold days. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • The people who detract from the quality of classes and learning atmosphere because they don’t really want to be there (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • No shorts on campus. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Not being able to wear shorts, and not canceling classes during a blizzard. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • Overbearing students focused more on policing other students, rather than enjoying their college education experience. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Things To Do

What are fun things to do while at BYU-Idaho? Best kept secrets, etc.

  • Ice Caves, Egin Lake, Mesa Falls, Sand Dunes. Pretty much anything outdoors. (Derek, 2017)
  • Sports, dating, devotional, classes. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • Run away to the Tetons. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Utilize the ORC. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • Mesa falls. Lots of hiking. Jackson hole is close. (Mikayla, 2012-2016)
  • Soccer. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • The art in the Spori, outdoor activities. (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Sand dunes, Caves, Jackson Hole, playing catch under the lights. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • Ice caves, the sand bar in St. Anthony. (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • Camping, shooting, hiking, intramurals, bridge jumping, off tossing. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Going outdoors, shooting at the dunes, snowboarding at Targhee. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • ORC. Recreation student activities. Yellowstone. Jackson Hole. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Recommended Classes/Professors

Any classes or professors you recommend?

  • Sister Cutts, Brother Kugath, Brother Williams (marriage and family department). (Derek, 2017)
  • Brother Goodwin, Brother Parker, Sister Harmon. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • Everything from Brother Kugath and Brother Wood. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Venema for religion, Whollery from the psychology department if you want question your world view and learn how to think, Stephen Smith from the sociology department if you want a hilarious time and to get a fresh perspective. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • Any marriage course. Family advocacy taught by Tim Rarick. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • Kari Archibald, Steve Kugath, Kirk Ward. (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Bro’s Ruebush (Chem), Sister Stowell (Chem) Bro Palmer (Anat and Phys). (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • Christian History with Brother Kyle Black. (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • ANY OF THEM! Classes I took were really awesome. My favorite was kinesiology with Brother Perks. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Any religion class with Brother Rex Butterfield, Anatomy from Brother Eckersell, Sister Stowell-Sorenson is great at teaching organic chemistry (she’s hard, but you’ll learn a lot), Brother Perkes is amazing in Kinesiology, Brother Coglianese is awesome with Motor Development and other courses. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • Recreation classes taught by Scott Wood, Steve Kugath and Janell Greenwood. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Housing Advice

Any housing tips or recommendations?

  • Everywhere is great to live. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • Just go where your friends are. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Navoo for social crowds and or freshmen Brighton Townhomes for older crowd. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • Get married, get out of town. (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Find a place that fits your circle. Price should not matter. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • Live on the west side of campus. (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • Just get really good roommates and if you don’t have good ones, get out of there as soon as you can. Good roommates make the college experience. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • The closer to campus, the better. (Joshua, 2008-2012)

BYU-Idaho: Places To Eat

What are the best places to eat near BYU-Idaho?

  • Big Juds, New Fongs (Derek, 2017)
  • New Fongs and KFC. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • The Mandrin and Taquerio el Rancho #2 and Casa de Ochoa in Rexburg. Ole’s in Sugar City. Smitties and Snake bite in Idaho Falls. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Cup bop in broulims (for real) Karrie Ann’s for gelatti and the Thai place in main. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • Applebees is there. Lots of Mexican food too!! (Mikayla, 2012-2016)
  • Burg, Big Juds, more options in IF. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • Dongs sushi, pineapple grill. (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Costa Vida, and Idaho Falls. (a lot has changed). (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • Cafe Rio, Fongs, taco bus (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • Blisters!!! The hickory, the mandarin, millhollow. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Ramirez, Chick Fil-A, Frontier Pies, Big Judd’s, Cafe Rio. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • Ramirez, Craigos. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Crime & Safety

How’s crime/safety at BYU-Idaho?

  • There is always crime wherever you go, but overall it seems like a safe place. I do have to say that one of my apartment managers said that her son didn’t have a drug issue until they moved to Rexburg. So I imagine if you are looking for the dark side of things, you will find it. (Derek, 2017)
  • BYU-Idaho is super safe. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • I never had any issues. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Never had a problem and always felt safe. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • Very safe. Be careful during church and don’t leave your house unlocked because people know you are gone. (Mikayla, 2012-2016)
  • Low. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • 1000X safer than where I’m at currently! (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Safe, just keep an eye out for those weirdos. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • It’s good. (Kate, 2011-2014)
  • Really good in comparison to everywhere else, but at the same time I feel people use that to their advantage. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Very safe. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • Fine. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Cool Facts

Any other cool facts about BYU-Idaho?

  • The temple. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • Enjoy it. No where like it in the whole world :). (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • BYU-Idaho is a great place to set a sound foundation for the real world, looking back I really miss being in Rexburg. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • It’s better than BYU Provo. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Fast-Track is a great option to get through school faster with three semesters straight a year. (Joshua, 2008-2012)

BYU-Idaho: Advice For Freshmen

Advice for a new Freshman:

  • Don’t overbook yourself. You need time to be able to get in, and learn everything that you need to learn. If you do too much, you end up just floating through school, and don’t learn what is intended. Also just know that your Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ are very much a part of this school, and are very concerned about you. Just involve them in everything you do, and you will always come out on top. (Derek, 2017)
  • Attend devotional every week! (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • Take advantage of the ORC and Outdoor Activities. Get involved and start building your resume. (Tyler, 2013-2017)
  • Get involved– life is more fun when you live it! Just say yes to the new adventures. (Layne, 2013-2016)
  • Don’t study it unless you are truly passionate about it. Take time to figure it out. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • Go to class! (Zach, 2011-2015)
  • Have a plan, get involved with academic counselors, be involved with leadership and activities. Lots of opportunity for leadership. (Joseph, 2011-2014)
  • Get involved, whether it’s with intramurals or music or leadership. Also pick friends wisely! The people that hate BYU-I are the ones that aren’t willing to go out (especially during winter) and just sit in their apartments. So if you make good friends that go out and have fun adventures, it makes a world of difference. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • Live close to campus and don’t stack your schedule with hard classes at first. Get the generals out of the way first. (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • Don’t be afraid to live while you’re at BYU-I. Get involved in the outdoor activities to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding areas and talented people running them. (Eric, 2008-2010)

BYU-Idaho: Stories

Share an experience you’ve had at BYU-Idaho (interesting/funny/crazy/dangerous, etc.):

  • My first kiss was at Porter Park, hehe. (Munyinda, 2016-2017)
  • I got engaged in two months. (Zach, 2012-2016)
  • Slip n slide at Egin lakes and sand dunes. We rented a huge tarp and pump and had a house huge party out there. (Taylor, 2010-2013)
  • They call it BYU-I Do for a reason. There are a lot of great people to date that have the same standards as you do. I met my wife at school and we ended up in the same degree and taking a lot of the same classes together. It was awesome! (Joshua, 2008-2012)
  • We had some huge (dangerous) bonfires. Cliff jumping at the palisades… (Eric, 2008-2010)