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


Most people think NMSU students are just party students and stoners. This stereotype applies to many of the students, but there are far more students that are very serious and work hard at school.




When I walk around campus I see a lot of Jocks. People that play volleyball, softball, basketball and especially football players. You can always point the athletes out from everyone else.



A common stereotype is that because we are an Agg. school it's all farmers and cowboys. This isn't true at all! Although our mascot rocks the cowboy look pretty well... Another common misconception is that because we are in the state of New Mexico and only 23 miles from the Mexican border we all must speak Spanish all the time. That one gets a lot of laughs. Most of us don't want to hear someone trying to speak any language other then English to us. When they make assumptions people just embarrass themselves. (and no... the Spanish translation is not "embarrisoado")


There is not a stereotype for my school exactly. Some of my peers in high school found it in someways hard to tell people they were going to New Mexico State because they had applied to many other out of state colleges. Most of them ended up going to New Mexico State because it was the cheaper thing to do. New Mexico State is not a bad school. Everyone does their own thing here and I never really heard of any stereotype.


NMSU has all kinds of "stereotypes" on campus. People get high, people drink, but everyone has the main stereotype of "student". No one is here who doesn't want to be. Everyone attends class, and the atmosphere is very good for learning. Everyone is friendly, no matter their stereotype.


Students at New Mexico State University tend to fall into a couple of stereotype categories. The most common stereotype, given the strong agricultural surroundings is the "cowboy". There are a lot of cowboy boots and big belts on campus. Another common stereotype is the "Frat Guys/Sorority Girls". Although Greek Life is not a huge percentage of students at NMSU, they tend to be in leadership positions on campus that give them more visibility. The final stereotype, that applies to our entire campus is "Partiers". This is because our school is high on the campus partying list, and students from our school have been seen on several episodes of Campus PD.


I have enjoyed going to this school, I'm a senior this year. Football is big here, but the team kind of sucks from what I hear. Greek life is huge here, as well as "aggie" (agricultural) life.


I can honestly not think of a stereotype for students at New Mexico State. We have a very diverse campus community with local students, out of state students, and students from other countries. That makes it hard to have a stereotype.


The stereotype I hear the most about NMSU student is their laziness and lack of enthusiasm about college and their education. I however don't believe this stereotype to be 100% true. Of course you have your students who are only attending college because they feel that they have to, or the students that don't put any effort into their degree, or students who party too much, but I have met very few of them and I think NMSU is no different that any other universities in this area. Overall my experience with my peers over the last three years at NMSU has been extremely positive, and I have met hundreds of student from all over the world with lots of Aggie pride and a love for their education.


A response I received often during my senior year of high school when I was accepted to New Mexico State University was, “Oh…you’re going to be an Aggie, huh?” This was almost always quickly followed by an eye roll and a nudge on the elbow trying to get me to laugh about it. But to be honest, it made me uncomfortable. Had I chosen the wrong university? Why were people so quick to dismiss NMSU? And how many more eye rolls was I going to have to endure? Before I ever stepped foot on campus I was told that, like many other Land-Grant Universities, NMSU was full of lazy kids from around the state who were only attending college because it was cheap. It certainly is true that tuition at NMSU is lower than many other universities, in fact it was one of the reasons I chose NMSU, but did I really want to be surrounded by peers who did not take their education seriously? Luckily, this stereotype I was so afraid of was dismissed instantly during the first week of my first semester. Every student I met in my classes and dorms and around campus was just as excited as me to be at NMSU. Aggie pride was everywhere! During my three years spent at NMSU thus far, I have met hundreds of students from all walks of life, and not every student is from here in New Mexico (as was suggested by the people giving me the eye rolls in high school). I’ve met students from all over the United States, as well as India, Japan, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Australia, and Africa…just to name a few I have yet to meet a peer that doesn’t take their education seriously. Every Aggie I have met and spoken to in the last three years has understood that their education is invaluable, and every Aggie I have met has had the utmost pride for our school and the education we receive from its many outstanding professors, mentors and faculty. NMSU has turned out to be the exact opposite of the stereotype I was afraid of. So when someone tries to discredit your interest in New Mexico State University, you can give THEM the eye roll.


The New Mexico State University campus is one of the most diverse places I have ever been to. There are many different types of people on campus, and they all integrate together on a daily basis. There are, of course, the jocks. They can be picked out because they wear crimson and white from head to toe, and they are typically much taller than everyone else. There are also the frat kids. They are easily spotted in large groups at all times, and are involved in almost every group on campus. There is also a large population of exchange students that come from all over the world. I would say the majority of the students at NMSU do not fit into a stereotype other than easy going and accepting of others. Each student comes from a diverse background that is unlike any other. I think that the stereotypes on campus are fairly true, because there are very few, and none of them are negative.


"alternative kids" or "ghetto/hip hop kids"