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

I would say that the stereotype of students at Emory is not all that flattering. Because it is a higher level university, we are often perceived as pretentious or pompous by the surrounding Atlanta community. The school has a very large white population as well as a vast Jewish population and that image has come to be associated with the stereotypical Emory student. Furthermore, because so many Emory students grew up in the northeast, the "Jewish New Yorker" has become a staple of the Emory student body. A lot of the girls are referred to as "jappy" and high maintenance, more concerned with their blackberries than with their classes, and the guys are considered "preppy," clad in their V-neck tee shirts and skinny jeans. It's when you delve into the Greek scene that the stereotypes really become more oppressive. There are the jock frats, the geeky ones, the Jewish ones, etc. Meanwhile there are the "jappy" sororities, the promiscuous ones, the over-achieving ones, etc. Personally, I think Emory is more diverse than people give us credit for. I have friends of all races and backgrounds and don't think it is all the difficult to find students with similar interests, no matter what it is you may enjoy. The "New York Jew" is certainly a stereotype that exists, but not one that dominates the campus. The Greek stereotypes also prescribe far too limited of an outlook in my opinion. While there are certainly people that fall into the cliche of their fraternity or sorority, I think that these stereotypes make it excusable to judge a person based on their Greek affiliation without even knowing them. I am a member of a fraternity considered by most to be "jocks," but those who know us know that we are much more diverse than that. Still, people will always pass judgments based on preconceived notions and stereotypes, that's just a part of human nature. Overall though, I like to believe that the average Emory student is well-educated enough to be above such discrimination and judge people as individuals rather than groups.

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Emory has the reputation of having a lot of international students, especially from Asia and India. These students get the stereotype of nerdy kids who are pre-med or business majors and spend most, if not all, of their time studying or playing video games. Emory has the stereotype of being very Jewish or having many Jewish students and that holds true. Emory students are almost a third Jewish and like to show it off. There are may student-run groups that cater to Jews, as well as Emory Hillel and Emory Chabad that host religious and cultural events for Jewish students. Non-Jewish students are welcome to these groups and events. Many of my close friends are Jewish and I've even been to a chabat dinner, which was delicious. Emory also has a pretty big focus on Greek life, which is where most of the involved students come from. Sorority girls can be labeled promiscuous, but at the same time they study hard and have great GPAs. Similarly, there are plenty of stereotypical frat guys who hit on girls and drink heavily but they also have great grades and focus on their studies. Emory generally has the stereotype that its students are intelligent and choose studying over partying, but in reality, they do both. Most students do however take their studies seriously here, which is one of the things that makes Emory a top 20 university.

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Geeks and Greeks. Emory students are students who are highly committed to working hard in school, yet based on the environment, they also know how to have fun. There is SO much to do on campus, and off. I think this stereotype is so accurate if this is is the stereotype of working hard and playing hard. Every weekend I feel that Emory Student Programming Council and all the Multicultural Groups do a really good job with keeping students open to new activities and fun opportunities to mingle with their peers. Also, if you are looking for a party, Greek life is where you'll mostly find it. Greek life is pretty big here, but you can live without it because Emory is big enough where you can find your niche. Just keep an open mind! Atlanta is also a very thriving city with a decent nightlife and entertainment options, based on the student population at Emory, you can enjoy company with a diverse group of students whether on campus or off. Emory is GREAT!!!

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The stereotypes are pretty accurate -they exist for a reason. Emory is separately diverse. Students come from all walks of life but tend to stick together based on their ethnicity, religion, region of the country. The majority of students come from the tri-state area. For North East students, its comforting when you realize that the majority of the students have similar values. As Emory is a private school, the majority of the students tend to come from upper class families. 1/3 of the students participate in Greek Life, but harsh standards about partying i.e. 2am party curfews preclude Emory from any intense southern Greek Life that may have been discussed. Many students play club sports, but you won't find a football team at Emory. This isn't a negative aspect by any means; its important, however, to think about the types of students a school attracts to a school who does not have a football team.

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Emory definitely has a few stereotypes. The first is that all kids are Long Island Jews whose mommy's and daddy's pay for everything. This stereotype, like most, has some grain of truth to it but a lot of exaggeration. While there is a high population of students from the northeast, not all are Jewish nor are they all wealthy. There is a strong Jewish population at Emory but it is no stronger than any other religious group. The second most common stereotype would be that most of the students are Asians. Yes, Emory does have a high population of Asian, Indian and other minority students but there is a very good mix and no overwhelming majority of any one race or ethnicity.

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The Emory bubble. Very large Jewish population, especially from the northeast. Relatively diverse student body, but a majority of students don't embrace this. Most students not willing to step out of their comfort zones. Sports are not big and school spirit as a result centers around Greek life. Intellectually curious student body, but the majority of students are not intellectuals per-se. Grade inflation. Very pre-professional oriented student body. Expensive. Mediocre job recruiting.

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One HUGE stereotype about Emory kids is that we're spoiled or we come from rich families. This is not true at all. There are kids from all different kinds of families and Emory offers tons of need based and merit based financial aid.

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These stereotypes are true to a certain extent.

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