BYU named among best places to find a husband and most stressful universities

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  • sigmund5 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    It can't be because of academic stress. BYU is a third tier university except for bidness.

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    March 19, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    "Jensen Werely, the reporter with College Magazine, cited the univeristy's strict honor code as one of the main reasons for stress, referring to the dress code and rules against drugs and alcohol particularly."

    I find it difficult to accept Mr. Werely's conclusion that people who subject themselves to the addictive and destructive influences of alcohol and other drugs have less-stressful lives. I can't begin to fathom the stress I would be dealing with if I had a drinking or drug problem. I've seen those influences at work in other people's lives, and the results are not a lessening of stress. I've been raised to stay away from such addictive substances, and my freedom from those problems gives me a far less stressful life than I would otherwise have.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 15, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    Hmmm,. let's see ---

    Lowest drinking rate - Highest Stress rate


  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    March 15, 2013 12:22 p.m.


    After wading through the actual survey's. If I had a marriage seeking daughter, who wanted to "Marry up" I'd suggest Spot number 3. Washington University in Saint Louis or Number 4 Harvard. Nothing wrong with that.

    Back in the day, there also seemed to be a small population of attractive (single) women hanging around the BYU Law Library. I imagine they still do.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    March 15, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Interesting article, although it doesn't explain, why BYU's undergrad males are such desireable Husband material or the criteria used to come to this conclusion.

    In the alleged Halcyon days at BYU in the late 70s, my time, I observed alot of the BYU males on Campus wound up way too tight. I shudder to think 35 years later these characteristics are disproportionately reprepresented in the male student body due to the competitve admission to get into BYU-Provo.

    But in the context of the time, I had women friends report that their roomates would arise at 4am to curl their straight hair, apply their makeup prefectly. And look nothing short of goddesses before they left for class. Their poor beaus never saw them less than prefectly put together. The phrase "sing woman sing" was often uttered by poor Grooms after they married these Fasinating Womenhoodlums.

    I took classes with the first cohort of Lady Enginners going through the Y's Engineering school then. I recently read five of the top ten recent engineering graduates were women. It is understandable given the larger population of smarter men and women wanting to get into BYU these days.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    March 15, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    From the link provided in the article on BYU being the 4th most stressed university:
    "Brigham Young is high-strung because of its straight-edge nature. Its strict honor code, modest form of dress and rules against drug and alcohol only add to the stress, said Addison Day, a sophomore pre-business major. He said that not only can you not find drugs or alcohol, but you also can’t even buy caffeine on campus. Finally, some of the requirements for the majors add to the high-strung atmosphere. For example, Day says the average accepted GPA for accounting majors was a whopping 3.71. And that’s the average."
    Someone is stressed out because they have a hard time following rules? Or is it because there is addiction involved?
    The main thing is that people create their own paths. How they walk those paths is up to them. Each decision has its own consequences, whether good or bad.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 15, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    @Meadow Lark Mark - if your family story includes that it had someone do what you described, he should be expelled for the act of misrepresenting a submission of work as his own. "D" was far too generous.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    March 15, 2013 4:39 a.m.

    The article didn't mention the University of Utah but the first comment was about the University of Utah. It seems that there are so many BYU people in these comment pages who are obsessed with the University of Utah. Fellow BYU folks (I am a BYU grad), it is time to start going to bed thinking about something else.

  • Asuncion Provo, UT
    March 15, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    The stress levels at BYU are palpable. You can feel it walking up and down the halls and on the campus. Too many smart people in an extremely competitive environment.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    March 14, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    I graduated from BYU 29 years ago. Sometimes it was stressful, but most stress is self-induced. I loved every minute there and it was hard to leave. It's more competetive now than it was then, at least academically. I would never be able to get in today with the grades that got me in back then. My youngest son just got accepted. He's a straight-A student and was sweating it out. Some of his other LDS friends with equally good grades did not make it.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    Not even a comparison. BYU's under grad classes are much more rigorous than Utah.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    March 14, 2013 6:51 p.m.

    I think that BYU and Utah can provide a good education to anyone. Part of the challenge is for the student to give it their best effort also. Once in awhile even that is a challenge. I refer to a personal family story where a student presented an English paper written by another person with a straight "A" resume. The English teacher gave the paper a "D". Who or perhaps what was being graded, the peper or what the teacher thought of the student. Yes a college education can be challenging.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    March 14, 2013 6:51 p.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin: Since when was "my experience" a "sweeping generalization?" Let me guess... you are a Ute grad.

  • MeganMary Murray, UT
    March 14, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    I'm going to go with anyone who has taken a calculus class ever experiences stress.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 14, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Anyone who has taken a calculus class at BYU experiences stress.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 14, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Competition for grades shouldn't equal stress, though.

    How about an actual picture of the BYU campus and not just the football stadium? I guess it's a decent view of the neighborhood around the stadium and the MTC.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    @ Oatmeal- That could be true, since the U will give you a free pass into a program if you add "diversity" to it. It's stressful for a U student that doesn't fall into a "diverse" category so the school can meet it's quota. It's harder to compete when the field isn't level and the school is stacked against you.

    It's a fact if you fit the "diverse" category and had a lower GPA than a non-diverse student. And if the business or other program needed a "diverse" student to fill their quota so that they can look good for all of the magazines and Federal dollars then as a non-diverse student was left with a very slim chance of getting in.

    The only other option was to fake being a liberal and pretend that the professor was correct on their political views as opposed to learning anything about what they're supposed to teach.

    But, once they reach the coveted safe position of tenor. It's all about them.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 14, 2013 3:03 p.m.


    It depends on which program you're talking about. There are degrees that are much more competitive at the Y, others that are much more competitive at the U. Don't make such sweeping generalizations.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    March 14, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    In my experience, the competition for grades at BYU was MUCH greater than at the U.