Well I guess when you put it that way it makes sense. The more similar your ideas are to those of the people surrounding you, the more likely you are to conform subconsciously. Wow. I had never thought about it that way.
Yes, I was raised as a strict mormon, and remained so until after the mission. The choice to go to BYU was mostly financial however. Even when I was a believer I thought the area might be a little too closed minded, and lacking in diversity. I don't regret my decision, mostly because of the money I've been able to save, and the great education I got.
So what is it like for your kids in the school system? I imagine that might be a little interesting, although kids tend to be more accepting than adults.
An atheist living in Provo by choice? strange. I'm here at the Y, but I'm out of here in a month. What made you want to stay here? and by the way, no matter what they call UVU I will still call it UVSC.