Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Top Questions

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

Charlene

They claim we are all party people. In a sense, its true, but we still get our work.

Robert

They say everyone here likes to party, and for the most part I would say this is pretty accurate.

Brittany

There is a stereotype that there are many Greeks at LSU which is true but also a little exaggerated. We go to a school with over 30,000 students and about 14% of that population is greeks. I have seen many people leave LSU because they feel like it is too fratty, but it is all about who you surround yourself with. I have met so many people just like me at this school that it was impossible not to make friends. It just takes time and even though you may not know anyone the first day (like me) you will know tons of people by the end of your first week here.

David

Football junkies

Wesley

The common stereotype of LSU students is that LSU is the "Sexiest College of 2012". I do not see this but there are more important things about LSU.

Kelsey

The stereotype in my opinion is Greek life and lots of partying. Yeah, Greek life and partying are big at LSU, and they mix well most of the time. I used to really dislike the idea of Greek life here because I thought there was so much pressure to drink, party, and go nuts. However, after a close friend of mine entered a sorority, I realized that certain Greek houses do not have partying as a priority as some others do. Some Greek houses just focus on what they were meant to focus on: service and a "sisterhood" or "brotherhood." They focus on supporting each other and helping each other grow as college students and as individuals. And yeah, partying is very common, but only if you decide to make that part of your life. If you surround yourself with people who party a lot, you are more likely to party a lot. But like someone else said on his review of LSU, not EVERYONE parties. Some of us choose to have fun in other ways, and we are perfectly happy with that. Everyone chooses to enjoy their time differently. We go to the Parade Grounds (this huge field of grass we have in the middle of campus), and we play sports. Sometimes, we watch movies or just chill out in the lobby of our residential community. We go get yogurt at a near yogurt place. We go listen to and watch bands play at the Varsity Theatre really close to campus. We work out a lot. There is SO much to do at LSU. You can find an activity for almost any interest!

Ariel

There are pretty much a lot of stereotypes here at LSU. You have the Fraternity and Sorority kids, stoners, anime freaks, nerds etc... but it really isn't a bad thing. Everyone keeps to themselves and hangs out with people with whom have the same qualities and personality with.

Lauren

Frat kids

Vikramjeet

I think that the major stereotype of students at my school is that of frat kids and a lot of partying. This stereotype is accurate to a certain degree. For example, there are a lot of fraternities and sororities at my school and there is a lot of partying especially because of the football atmosphere. However, my school is also a place where students can gain a great education. From my personal experience, I can say that my school offers a lot of choices as far as whether you are interest in joining a fraternity or sorority, doing research, studying abroad, etc. You can customize your college experience. As an added bonus, my school has a lot of pride and a beautiful campus.

Marjorie

The stereotype that students from other universities have about LSU students is that we like to party and drink a lot. This may be accurate but from what I have learned from visiting other campuses over the last four years is that students at LSU don't party any more than students from other campuses. We do tailgate for sporting events better than anyone else and the southern, cajun culture that surrounds LSU is incredible.

Courtney

As human beings everyone is stereotypical of other people. At LSU many people see sorority girls are a bunch of preppy girls who pay for their friends. That Is actually incorrect. From being in a sorority myself, the girls there are amazing. They are extremely friendly and rarely preppy. Also you are not paying for your friends. You actually pay for house duties, for social functions, for your philanthropy, and etc. it is a great experience and I encourage many girls to join a sorority.

Laura

LSU Students: There for the party. Greek girls: Nike shorts, leggings and oversized t-shirts, pearl earrings, drama, walks of shame, buying friends. Greek boys: parties, Sperry's and collared shirts, hazing. Christians: far too many opinions to determine what they actually believe; hard to imagine they all identify themselves under the same label. Jocks: get away with everything academically. Stereotypes are never fully accurate.

Austin

The primary stereotype regarding students at Louisiana State University is that the school attributes more to the athletic image of the school than to the academic maintenance of the school. This stereotype can be viewed in both a positive and negative way. In the negative sense, the Louisiana State University Football team (the Fighting Tigers!) do in fact outshine the university's academics in the media. The football team always represents itself well during the season, and many of LSU's other sports teams are also quite talented. In that sense, it is not uncommon to wear LSU gear in other states and hear comments about the football team or other sports teams...but you would never expect to hear a comment applauding the university's academic programs. Though LSU sports ca outshine LSU academics in the national spotlight, the football team plays an important role to the university: LSU is one of the very few universities whose athletic program pays for itself due to its popularity. In addition, LSU sporting events draw tens to hundreds of thousands of fans, making LSU one of the most unique and exciting tailgating colleges. A student would be hard pressed to find another university whose fans are so loyal, so multi-cultural, so friendly, such good cooks, and so ready to have a good time. There truly is a strong community surrounding LSU which is maintained through large sporting events such as baseball in the Spring and football in the Fall. The atmosphere of the LSU family that stretches across Louisiana really can't be expressed until it is experienced. It should be considered, that while the sporting side of the university certainly draws a lot of attention, there are in fact very strong programs in LSU's academic catalog. Not only does LSU have a huge array of majors and graduate programs available, allowing for a rich academic environment, but LSU also have very strong programs in the arts and sciences. LSU boasts the number one department for architecture in the country. Additionally, large energy corporations hire a high percent of LSU students in engineering majors compared to other schools as a result of the fantastic networks set up by the university's engineering departments. LSU has fantastic music programs available and is an excellent choice for anyone interested in biological sciences, earth sciences, agricultural sciences, physics, or mathematics. Employers recognize the LSU degree as worthy of respect, and that is all that matters.

Austin

The primary stereotype regarding students at Louisiana State University is that the school attributes more to the athletic image of the school than to the academic maintenance of the school. This stereotype can be viewed in both a positive and negative way. In the negative sense, the Louisiana State University Football team (the Fighting Tigers!) do in fact outshine the university's academics in the media. The football team always represents itself well during the season, and many of LSU's other sports teams are also quite talented. In that sense, it is not uncommon to wear LSU gear in other states and hear comments about the football team or other sports teams...but you would never expect to hear a comment applauding the university's academic programs. Though LSU sports ca outshine LSU academics in the national spotlight, the football team plays an important role to the university: LSU is one of the very few universities whose athletic program pays for itself due to its popularity. In addition, LSU sporting events draw tens to hundreds of thousands of fans, making LSU one of the most unique and exciting tailgating colleges. A student would be hard pressed to find another university whose fans are so loyal, so multi-cultural, so friendly, such good cooks, and so ready to have a good time. There truly is a strong community surrounding LSU which is maintained through large sporting events such as baseball in the Spring and football in the Fall. The atmosphere of the LSU family that stretches across Louisiana really can't be expressed until it is experienced. It should be considered, that while the sporting side of the university certainly draws a lot of attention, there are in fact very strong programs in LSU's academic catalog. Not only does LSU have a huge array of majors and graduate programs available, allowing for a rich academic environment, but LSU also have very strong programs in the arts and sciences. LSU boasts the number one department for architecture in the country. Additionally, large energy corporations hire a high percent of LSU students in engineering majors compared to other schools as a result of the fantastic networks set up by the university's engineering departments. LSU has fantastic music programs available and is an excellent choice for anyone interested in biological sciences, earth sciences, agricultural sciences, physics, or mathematics. Employers recognize the LSU degree as worthy of respect, and that is all that matters.

Jimmy

Best and worse football fans in the south

Aime

LSU has a reputation of being a party school. The majority of the people here are locals taking advantage of the Louisiana TOPS program that pays for tuition and fees. We have a reputation of partying all the time and studies suffer. Partying and football games come first before academics at LSU. We definitely have a variety of people including international students, geeks, jocks, and nerds, but the majority of LSU are partying sorority/frat people.

Charles

I suppose a major stereotype is that we're all crazed football fanatics, which is largely true.

Abigail

At LSU, students are subject to a lot of stereotypes. Many people think we're all hardcore sports fanatics who only care about football and not school. While we love our Tigers, LSU is more than just sports. You'll encounter students with LOTS of interests, not just football. There are many students who don't care much for sports and there are many ways to get involved on campus that don't include sports. Also, many people think we're all from Louisiana. That's definitely not true! Our students come from all over the US and all over the globe! While you'll meet a few students from the Baton Rouge or New Orleans area, you'll meet tons more from all over the world! Our student body is surprisingly diverse. I've also heard people say that LSU is all Greek life. While a lot of students are involved in Greek life, many aren't and there are tons of ways to get involved on campus that aren't limited to Greek life.

Yvonne

The most common stereotype is that Louisiana State University is a party school. Yes, we do have many ways and place to have fun, especially during Football season but we also are a school of academic excellence. Football season is the highlight of first semester so it can be easy to get off track but everything is calmer during second semester. I would say the students are serious about their grades but also like to have fun.

Trent

Most people would think that since LSU is such a large school that everyone likes to party, while this may be true for some people, not everyone goes out every night. In the dorm that I live in, Evangeline Hall, most people prefer to stay in and study or play some type of game down in the lobby rather than to go out and party at the bars.

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Patricia

A stereotype of students at my school is that they are party animals that go out every night of the week.Yes, there are those people who go out every night of the week, but you can find a group of people like this at any school. As a member of the Greek community, I do have a lot of friends who are also Greek, but many who are not. The Greek community is pretty small, which made my huge school a lot easier for me to meet people.

Trent

My overall opinion of LSU is that it's generally amazing. My college experience so far has been quite exceptional. The LSU campus is pretty large so there are plenty of diverse people to interact with, and I pretty much meet a new person every day. Living on campus has given me ample opportunities to participate in all kinds of activities, like: basketball games, football games, Residential Life, free speech ally rallies, the activities seem like they never end. Plus the food isn't half bad either!

Haley

People tend to believe LSU students are partiers, or drunkards-- that stereotype, while accurate in certain communities, is far from the norm. Most students at LSU are hard-working, intelligent people, with a mind toward community and individual success.

Barbra

There aren't any stereotypes at LSU. Everyone is free to be who they are and they get treated equally.

Robert

LSU students are sterotyped as party animals, hicks, smelling like corn dogs (according to Alabama) and having fantastic sports program. While no matter where you are you will always find those who will meet a sterotype you will much more often at LSU find diverse hospitable, kind studious people who will always help you if your lost and greet you with a Geaux Tigers!!

Spencer

Like many Southern Universities, LSU is said to have a strong "Greek" presence. In short, you will see a lot of North Face Jackets and Track shorts, regardless of the weather. While these people are definitely out there (and easy to identify via North Face logos) there are jut as many non-greek students who are just as active socially and love going to LSU. Like many large universities, LSU has such a huge variety of students that everyone can find a place they fit in even if you aren't into the Fraternity or Sorority life.

Bailey

A common stereotype at LSU is that sororities/fraternities are the majority. While there may be thousands of Greeks on campus, they are far from being the majority. It is not necessary to join the Greek system to be involved or make loads of new friends. I am not in a sorority, but I am involved and have met plenty of fantastic people on and off campus. It is great to join the Greek system if that's what you are into, but feeling pressured to do so because of stereotypes is not at all necessary.

Stephanie

Let's face it: For many, LSU is synonymous with sports. In particular, LSU is known for its prowess on the football field -- until its recent crushing defeat in the BCS Championship, that it. Nonetheless, the best-known LSU players are its sports stars: the scandal-prone football players, the Golden Girls with their sky-high hairdos and cheesy smiles, even the nerdy but talented Tiger Band kids. However, LSU is populated by a diverse group of talented and intelligent students, many of whom never have their mugs plastered across national TV. In my time on campus, I have been involved in different student organizations, allowing me to experience LSU's diversity firsthand. For example, I have gotten to know many theater majors, dancers and choreographers through my involvement in the Dance Ensemble. In addition, I have worked in Student Media, serving as Art Director of one of the nation's best college newspapers, The Daily Reveille. The national media attention devoted to LSU's sports teams and athletes conceals a diverse student body with a variety of interests and activities.

Prentice

Individuals like to say that Louisiana State University is just a party school and that the academic aspects are very poor. In my opinion, this is untrue. While I can not lie and say that there are not any parties, let's be realistic, this is a college and there are plenty of parties. But LSU students also understand the need to obtain a great education and focuses more on their studies than drinking and partying.

Nisha

I wouldn't even say that there are common stereotypes at our school. There are many different types of people, many groups. Yes, there are your stoners, and geeks, jocks, sorority girls. But, the general stereotype at our school is probably a Caucasian population, very smart, and rich.

Matthew

Culturally diverse, enthusiastic, personable.

Aaron

The stereotype is a huge school and lots of parties! And lots of football. And tail gating. Of course this stereotype is accurate.. Oh and we also like to run. That is accurate too.

Oscar

LSU is a greek campus meaning there are lots of frat and sorority people around. LSU is known for a party school and there is always a party going on.

Myles

When I was on the college search grind, LSU was first on my list. However, one thing that I was very weary of was the idea that it is a party school. Why would I be weary? It's college right?! Yea. But I had heard horror stories of folks getting MIP's (Minor In Possession), DWI's, and even being expelled from the university because of alcohol-related incidents. I didn't want any part in that. If you want to come to Baton Rouge and get drunk every night of the week and skip class and flunk out, then you certainly can. But that's available almost anywhere. The great thing about LSU is that alcohol isn't necessarily the center of attention, it's simply a welcomed addition. There are a number of organizations available so that you can engage the campus and the city as a healthy alternative to the stereotype of drunkenness.