Clarkson University Top Questions

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

Matthew

Generally speaking, there are few commonly held stereotypes in the Clarkson community. One that does come to mind, and is vaguely discussed as a joke, is the stereotype that engineering students do not have any free time. The curriculum is challenging; nevertheless, I know numerous engineering students, including one of my suite mates, who have plenty of free time and participate in numerous extracurricular activities and Greek organizations.

Ashley

Ashley

I'd say the most common stereotype of students here at Clarkson is a geek. It's not a negative stereotype though! Every student here at Clarkson studies really hard to get excellent GPAs, which gives us the geek stereotype.

William

Clarkson university, mainly being an engineering college, is made up of the geek agenda. However, with a large business school, Digital arts and Sciences classes, and a prestigious hockey team, Clarkson is home to a variety of stereotypes. From groups of jocks, artists, and those who love to party, the Clarkson family is home to a little bit of everything

Clare

Clarkson university has a group for everyone! If you like sports there is lots of sports including hockey which is division 1. The greek life at Clarkson is small but if you want to be part of the social life often times people will join Frats or sororities. But the biggest stereotype at clarkson is geeks. It is primarily an engineering school and the ratio of males to females is about 70 to 30!

Elizabeth

Clarkson University students are stereotypically thought of as nerds or as really really smart kids. This stereotype is definitely accurate, only at this school 'nerd' is never a bad word. Students here are proud to be nerds or geeks because it means they have a passion for and are good at what they're studying. When I'm walking around campus I most commonly overhear people talking about math or science, and many times you can tell it has nothing to do with an assignment.

Scott

Clarkson's common stereotypes are rich, nerdy engineering students that go to a school with no hot girls. These stereotypes are not necessarily true; while Clarkson may be a private institution and so has a larger tuition expense than State schools, many or all students get some form of compensation back from the university, whether it may be an academic scholarship or financial package. The snob attitude that can usually be attributed to a person with a good financial upbringing is not found in most of the students here. Clarkson certainly has a male dominant student body, yet in recent years the enrollment of females has increased. Clarkson is a technological school that has a huge engineering department; however, they hold an equally if not stronger academic department on the Business side, and their science programs are significantly large as well.

Mary-Jane

The most common stereotype of the Clarkson student is "nerd". We are known for our engineering programs and that tends to stick with students in the community. For the most part students embrace it as here it is a good thing to be smart. I think this stereotype is fairly accurate as everyone here does work fairly hard and tries to maintain a high GPA. However, we do know how to have fun and I think that this is known in the town and at the surrounding universities. The second thing most people believe about Clarkson is that there are "no girls". While in some specific classes this may be true, there are many girls at Clarkson.

Casey

A lot of kids here aren't necessarily geeks, but more or less nerds. A lot of people here know a lot of information, and a lot of kids play a lot of video games

Libby

At Clarkson, the stereotype is that there's an impressively nerdy, male-dominated campus. This is mostly due to the fact that a great deal of Clarkson is Enginering majors. As a girl on campus, who involves herself with several campus activities, I can safely say that while Engineering students tend to fall in that category, there is a much wider diversity of students than the stereotype would define. If you involve yourself in something that you are passionate about, you'll find people that you have a lot in common with, nerdy or not!

Chelsea

"The odds are good but the goods are odd.". This is totally true of the Clarkson population, although every year there are more girls, and the nerdy guys, while you may never want to date them, make great friends.

Zach

Andrew

Geeky. I feel as though this stereotype is true. The world is changing rapidly into such a technical super mind that in order to be successful you have to be a geek. Geeks rule the world. However, the stereotype of Clarkson being full of nerds is false in my eyes. Nerds are associated with being losers, loners, or weak. Being a geek implies knowledge, passion, drive to be the best all of which I feel the average Clarkson student has.

Alanna

Being primarily an engineering school, the students of Clarkson University are often characterized as being "geeks" or "nerds". While the students at Clarkson are certainly intelligent and hard working, I still feel this stereotype is not an accurate portrayal of Clarkson's student body. From hockey players to sorority members, pep band participants to members of the Frisbee team, Clarkson is the home of virtually every type of student. The stereotype that students at Clarkson are all geeky or nerdy could not be farther from the truth; this University is a showcase of much more than that.

Alanna

Being primarily an engineering school, the students of Clarkson University are often characterized as being "geeks" or "nerds". While the students at Clarkson are certainly intelligent and hard working, I still feel this stereotype is not an accurate portrayal of Clarkson's student body. From hockey players to sorority members, pep band participants to members of the Frisbee team, Clarkson is the home of virtually every type of student. The stereotype that students at Clarkson are all geeky or nerdy could not be farther from the truth; this University is a showcase of much more than that.

Peter

Students at Clarkson University are stereotyped to be bookworm engineers. This may me true to and extent due to the rigorous course work engineering involves, but a degree in engineering is not the only thing that Clarkson has to offer.

Michael

The stereotype of students at Clarkson University is that it is 90% guys that are all nerds that live in their dorms and play video games 24/7. The stereotype is extremely incorrect. Clarkson University is roughly composed of 60% guys and 40% girls. There are countless clubs, sports teams, and Greek life that students can be involved in.

Abigail

The general stereotype of students at Clarkson University is that they are all "geeks" or "nerds", but this is extremely incorrect. While Clarkson has a very intellectual student body, it doesn't mean that all of the students are doing schoolwork all the time. I have found that there is a comfortable mix between students who spend the majority of their time studying and ones that spend an equal amount of time studying and having a social life.

Leonel

Geeks from local villages near by, this stereotype is wrong. Though engineering is a big major there are many other great majors. Yes many students come from very small towns, but Clarkson has a diverse campus with students from different parts of the country

Leonel

Geeks from local villages near by, this stereotype is wrong. Though engineering is a big major there are many other great majors. Yes many students come from very small towns, but Clarkson has a diverse campus with students from different parts of the country

Leonel

Geeks from local villages near by, this stereotype is wrong. Though engineering is a big major there are many other great majors. Yes many students come from very small towns, but Clarkson has a diverse campus with students from different parts of the country

Leonel

Geeks from local villages near by, this stereotype is wrong. Though engineering is a big major there are many other great majors. Yes many students come from very small towns, but Clarkson has a diverse campus with students from different parts of the country

Kendra

I honestly can't think of any specific stereotypes that I have heard about Clarkson. Overall it is a very diverse University and there is something for everyone. There is a relatively balanced presence of organizations, clubs, athletics, professional societies, speed teams, and greek life.

Emily

This stereotype isn't completely accurate. Walking around campus you will see those who really do love computer coding for fun, but then again there are so many majors available here there is quite a bit of diversity among the students. Everyone will find their niche here at Clarkson University.

Monique

Being a school filled with Engineers I would say Clarkson is most commonly stereotyped with video gaming nerds! Clarkson is so much more! There is such a variety of students ranging from exchanged students to townies! Clarkson is filled with athletes, greeks, geeks, and so much more!

Junie

Base on my experiences so far, I believe there are three stereotypes at Clarkson. One, Greek Societies. Two, Engineering and Science Majors. Third Business Majors. Those are the stereotype that I can identify right off from walking through the hall way for the first semester. Is it a good thing? I am not sure because everyone seems to get along fine.