Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?
Sometimes. We do party a lot. Athens is not considered one of the best ( and I've heard from more than one person that Athens is the best college town in the country)college towns for nothing. Downtown is by far a major attraction. But there is more than drinking as is shown by the awesome music scene (hello R.E.M. anyone?)and the great culture to be found.
Class attendance can be subjective when you take into account major and year. As a frshman I did not go to class but that was because they were mass lecture where attendance was not necessarily required for good grades. Now however, class attendance is def. needed. It really varies like any other school.
The professors here really care about their students and want them to succeed in life. I've had coffee with professors and hung out with them outside of class. There are some bad apples but if you make the effort, they will reciprocate!