In short- yes it absolutely is, in certain circles. Most high school students, your peers, will not be familiar with, nor will many other college students. But that is not who you should be concerned about, you should be concerned about adult professionals who own the businesses and run the businesses you will be applying to after you graduate.
The Christian Brothers who run the University have a great reputation in the education community and the degree comes with that level of respect when interviewing, especially with a fellow LaSalle grad. In addition to that, the school is excellent at helping grads coordinate with other alumni who are willing to employ them, knowing the value of their education.
One great example of a LaSalle Alumnus is Mr. Thomas Curley- he was the President of the Associated Press, literally the world’s largest news organization up until 2012 and was also the pivotal in the creation of USA Today.
The above poster who claims the school is not even known in the Philadelphia area is woefully ignorant of the city for a number of reasons. 1. We are part of the big 5, anyone in Philadelphia knows our 5 major schools. Penn, Nova, Temple, LaSalle, St. Joe’s. Furthermore, we made a run in the NCAA tourny a few years ago making it to the Sweet 16 and upsetting teams expected to do well, such as Ole Miss, who have traditonally much stronger basketball programs.
That poster could not even think of Nova as a school and thinks we are only known for Penn, Nova literally won the NCAA championship this year and they could not recall that fact. So do not trust their opinion on the notoriety of anything in this city, they probably get their cheesesteaks from Geno’s.
NewJerseyGirl98, it is a respected school in the world outside of your peers and you would do well in post-grad life with a degree from there. The above statistic about financial aid is inaccurate, there is plenty of need based aid available and even more merit-based aid. I strongly encourage you to attend it if you’re looking for a mid-sized school with heavy focus on the students from caring and concerned professors. They have a strong Greek Life community, as well as a variety of sports and academic associations- not to mention a reknowned theater organization, that boasts having the late Dan Rodden attached to it, a man who coached people like Robert DeNiro in acting.
Fight on Explorers!