cjanis wrote:fortissimo wrote:Romothesavior is pretty much on the ball.
The rep: it's full of Mormons.
I don't think non-Mormons think about the school on an academic level.
Again, I don't think you and Romothesavior are completely wrong, but as someone who has BYU on my resume I have never perceived any bias against me. The BYU name has only ever been good for me. I'm not sure who you've talked to about BYU's reputation, but I know from experience that BYU has a strong academic reputation in the government and legal communities. Certainly there is also a strong reputation for being full of Mormons, it might even be the primary reputation, but that doesn't diminish the positive academic reputation that most people also recognize.
When I said non-Mormons don't think about the school on academic level, I meant they don't really have an opinion one way or another because most of us haven't heard anything about its academics. We just know that it is full of Mormons. (And fwiw, I went to a high school in the mountain area - not Utah - and there were a fair number of Mormons in my class and I lived right near a Mormon temple. Many of these kids ended up at BYU, many of them top students, and I assumed it was for the religious community. I didn't really have an opinion about the school except it seems all the kids I knew that ended up there were nerdy.)
Fwiw, non-Mormons think Mormons are (very) conservative (as in you guys can't even drink soda), hard-working people so they definitely don't think of BYU as a "party school" like UC Santa Barbara or X State school, but beyond that we don't really have an opinion.