Hofstra University Top Questions

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Jared

Both stereotypes are valid in some cases but overall Hofstra is like many schools full of kids having a good time and studying hard to get a job down the road. I would say it is a more fashion conscious school then most because of the large portion of wealthy student attending and the affects of Long Island personality. Most students do not attend class in pajamas or sweats. This may contribute to the inflated rumor that Hofstra is full of rich kids.

Tristan

Not really, and I hateee hearing them! Honestly, every school has its problems, and you can either complain about them or you can make the best of your time here. I do the latter. There are going to be snobby girls and obnoxious guys no matter where you go to school, so if that's an issue for you - make a different group of friends! That's why I did, and you wouldn't believe the amazing group of people I consider my closest friends. The students are not dumb, my personal GPA is a 3.4, and there are plenty of kids who try hard, get there work done, and go places. I hate when stereotypes start because of a few kids who bring down the reputation. And yes, I understand that Hempstead isn't the nicest town, but we live on a beautiful campus, and honestly, as long as you're smart (don't walk alone at night, etc.) then nothing is going to happen. No one in Hempstead is out to get you lol, so everyone lighten up.

Sheryl

to some extent, yes, but it's true for any college.

Alex

The girls are all very good looking but not all are barbie doll look-a-likes and not in sororities. The guys are just a bit more macho than others I guess but the myth about frat's ruling the school is not true, guys at Hofstra simply likse being in them.

Mike

For the most part.

Joe

Sadly, yes. It seems to me that in all of my non-Honors classes there is a high population of idiots. I feel like Hofstra is more focused on raking in the big bucks than accepting a population of hardworking, smart individuals. If Hofstra gave out more scholarships to the upper half (academically) of its applicants I believe that we would get a much better name, and the stereotype of the Long Island Girls and Guidos would slowly disappear, because it is usually the girls in the Ugg boots and mini skirts with orange skin and too much make up that sit in classes still drunk from the night before that bring down the class average.

Nora

i dont know and i dont want to know

Michael

That is actually not the case because a lot of people are going to school with loans or scholarships.

Emma

pretty much

Kayla

Many seem to be, except for the last. There are people who are not wealthy, but it is easier to see the wealthy students.

Joe

No

Sharon

This is completely untrue. I have no idea where this rumor came from, but more than one person told it to me when I first came here. I guess they weren't paying attention in history class because New York was part of the North, and Hofstra was founded in the 1930s, not the 1800s.

Tammy

Absolutely not, if the entire school population was like this I would have transferred out a long time ago. Every school that you go to, you'll find someone who fits the above category (just maybe not specifically from Long Island). Hofstra has their fair share of the frat boys/sorority girls who care more about parties than school, but thats a very small percent. Most of the students here are indeed here to learn.

Christine

yeah, pretty much.

John

Completely. Almost every student I've met have lead up to those standards.

Lindsey

Sometimes, yes.

Lorie

Not at all; yes there are some people who fit this description but it is only a stereotype, its not applicable to all.

Brianna

Yes.

Alyssa

to an extent

Matthew

Not at all. There is always something to do. If you can't find something to do you have to be walking around with you're eyes closed.

Samantha

Not at all.

Bevan

mostly

Mary

For the most part no, for those who participate they occupy alot of time, but for those who don't it is not a huge influence on daily life. Except for the occasional raffle or jacket seen, we don't really notice

Jessica

Sometimes, but people are often judged alot on what cars they have, which can show how much money there parents have but not necessarily that their money is the only reason they are here

linda

not at all

Anna

No, not from my experiences here at Hofstra.

Ryan

Most of these stereotypes are very accurate.

Ash

For some it is true, but for those that want to have more substance in their lives, Hofstra can be as academic as they want it to be, just like any other college.

Rory

for many people yeah

Torry

Obviously there are a lot of Long Island students, otherwise there wouldn't be that stereotype. But the truth is that the student body is very diverse, and from various parts of the country. You associate with whomever you want, and create the atmosphere for yourself that you find the most agreeable. And if truth be told, not all Long Islanders conform to the stereotype "loud, obnoxious, rich and spoiled."

kelly

no, i an lower middle class, at best. but scholarships help!

John

Totally.

Keith

The stereotypes aren't true at all really.

barbara

they are for some people, but like any stereotypes, they are also off in places

Ben

not to everyone, you're going to run into rich people

Brian

I don't think so.

Joanne

every school has kids who party

Bob

some

Lindsey

Sometimes.

Kelly

Not from where I'm standing. I'm from out of state so I'm for sure not commuting, and I've got friends in my dorm from California, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, etc. Seriously don't believe everything you hear.

Nicole

Being neither of those, I can say they're not accurate.

Jill

There are those people, like at every college, but for the most part it's not true.

Chris

To a certain extent.

Gabe

The STD stereotypes aren't (my understanding so far...). As for JAP's, they are well represented here. That one is warranted

joanne

to a certain extent, yes

Melissa

they are said for a reason, but don't apply to everyone. especially an inaccurate portrayal of most of the Honors College crowd

Ann

for the most part, yes they are.

Dawson

not at all

Tina

There are definitely people that fit the mold, but that's not the real feel for me.

Ryan

Yes.

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