[Answers this question and one below] Pretty much any time the state of Utah is brought up in conversation, the dominant religion of the region is discussed. How can it not be? The story of the Mormons makes for great entertainment. And while the LDS faith is a major part of the state's culture, it's not the dominant story at The University of Utah, or Salt Lake City for that matter. The city itself -- which also serves as the state's capitol -- is a very liberal place. (Much to the chagrin of many Utahns, the city's previous mayor, Rocky Anderson, made many national trips calling for the impeachment of Bush/Cheney.) So while the LDS faith is a part of the area's culture, there are many other elements that define this place, the most obvious being the landscape -- Wasatch Mountain Front to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west -- that cradles Salt Lake Valley. The University of Utah sits on the foothills of the Wasatch overlooking Salt Lake City, and the landscape attracts those from across the country who love to ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike climb and camp. And for the Mormons? Though some of their religious doctrine is a little strange -- but, aren't all religions a little quirky -- Mormons for the most part are a kind and genuine type. In my six years living here, they have always been very nice and unobtrusive in pushing their faith -- maybe they think I'm a lost cause.
Number 1 stereotype: That everyone's Mormon--and therefore the environment at "the U" is very constricted. Others include: - The fact that we DESPISE our rival all-Mormon school, BYU, and when it comes to sports, we bleed RED for our teams. - Since Utah has beautiful mountains and an amazing outdoor scenery, it is believed that U of U students live for hard core outdoor adventures. - Finally, and for this resembling Salt Lake Community College a bit, U students are mostly non-traditional, that is, instead of being your average high school grads, MORE than half of the U of U communinty is made up of, shall I say, older students who entered after having taken some time off to work or travel or start a family.
Stereotypes about Utah are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Mostly, when people think of Utah, they think of polygamy, religion, and maybe the Jazz. However, like most stereotypes, these don't tell the whole truth. Students at the U (that's what we call the University of Utah) are categorized by locals as liberal protesters and med students.
By people from outside of Utah, Utah as a state is typically viewed as a Mormon state, and that the University is a primarily Mormon school that is conservative. From inside the state, the U of U is seen as the most liberal area in the state, especially in comparison to BYU. Also, the U is a commuter school.
There is a stereotype that all Utahns are Mormon and/or polygamous. Also, that they eat a lot of Jell-O and get married at a very young age, but these are related to the Mormon thing. Also, there is a stereotype that everybody is white.
According to students from that school down south, our campus is a bunch of heathens and drunkards running around. Everywhere else, I'd say the perception is that Utah is a bunch of goodie-two-shoes, that have a good medical program.
Anyone that will be seen as a mormon or will be forced to become LDS. The LDS who go to the U of U are the bad ones who didn't make it into BYU. There are no or very little Catholics on campus.
I know I probably have some unconscious stereotypes that I can't think of, but nothing consciously comes to mind. The student body is so diverse its hard for me to generalize.
Many people feel that the Mormon culture in Utah will have a tremendous impact on them, and will make them feel like a minority.
We are all MORMONS!!! We are all White conservatives and all the stereotypes that come along with Mormons