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What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?


white, good looking, preppy, wealthy


Boston College has developed a stereotype that all BC students like to party hard. I would agree with this stereotype; it is known on campus that students work hard and play hard. Like all stereotypes, there are exceptions; I know plenty of people who do not drink. I do think there is an implicit pressure because that is what most students do on the weekends. The only change in social scene across the years is where the drinking happens (freshman dorm, 8 man suit, off campus, mods or bars).


Everyone sees Boston College as a preppy rich white Catholic school with lots of jocks and pretty people. People think that all BC students look the same with our Northface fleece, Uggs boots and Jcrew cardigans. BC is seen as a white school lacking racial diversity as well as sexual orientation. We also have a reputation as a party school and the slogan is "work hard and party harder". To a certain extent, a lot of the stereotypes are true. The majority of the school is white students from generally affluent backgrounds. Since we're a Division I school, there are a lot of jocks and athletes. A lot of the people here dress pretty preppy but you also see students in sweatpants and hoodies all the time. I like to say that sure we seem like mindless models from Jcrew catalogs, we also have brains and really good hearts. What most people do not talk about BC is how extensive our curriculum is focused on service and the community. Many students here are not just mindless jocks, but are compassionate people; you just have to kind of choose your friends wisely.


Typically, students at Boston College are, in some form, involved in athletics. Whether this is through a club/varsity sport or simply joining an intramural team, there is a pretty big social standard with staying fit and hitting the gym. Overall, BC students take both their academics and health very seriously.


We're a school with white kids and white kid problems. Little more removed from the assumed prep school - not that bad - but a lot of kids are not so right at foresight and the like. They don't think much beyond themselves. Not all of the kids are like this, but I'd say the bulk are more (subconsciously) concerned with themselves/ their niched, than exploring/ developing their humanity


Even among the other college populations we get a bad rep for preppy, snobby, dunk, rich, white bros and hoes or j-crew with a hangover. There is even a blog called Bro-ston College. This is not true-yes maybe 5{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the population is made up of bros and hoes but the rest is a friendly, normal atmosphere. People still wear sweats around campus, most people get some form of financial aid, not everyone drinks on campus though I would stress that this is not even close to a dry campus but people who do not party still manage. We do have more diversity than people would think around here too and the cultural clubs are huge on campus the main one being AHANA. People here are definitely not racist in the slightest. People here overall and in general are friendly, not always what you would call religious, not alcoholic, care enough about their schoolwork but not to the point of having no life.


I think Boston College students are frequently stereotyped as rich, white kids who like to party hard. Everyone walks around campus wearing Ugg boots and Northface jackets. Also, because our athletic teams are well known, there is a stereotype of BC students as very athletic and physically fit. Like most stereotypes, the ones about BC students are partially based on truth, but there is a lot more diversity at BC than is often perceived at first glance.