I think that there is a stereotype that because most of the students are local commuters, the idea is that if you apply you'll be accepted. Although the standards are fair, and more geared to B or C students, if you are a good student, you can separate yourself from people who aren't good students. For example, I am in the Honors Program, and I always hear about my friends doing hardly any work while I am loaded with four papers, but in my mind it will be worth it. When I graduate, we might have gone to the same school, but my hard work will show through the Honors seal on my diploma.
Rhode Island College is known as a commuter school, and primarily it is. That doesn't mean this is a bad thing, though. After transferring from a small private college with lots of cliques, I personally like the independence of the students. To me, this makes it feel more like college rather than high school.
This is a very rich campus as far as diversity goes and, sincerely, I don't feel like there's much or any type of stereotypes on campus at all. At least i haven't been a target of any stereotypes nor have I witnessed such situations.
I really don't think there are any stereotypes at school. Everyone is really friendly. I play a sport and I don't find any of the teams to be clicky or all act / be judged a certain way. Honestly everyone is really nice.
Since Rhode Island College is an inexpensive, public College, students are often stereotyped as being uncompetitive and lazy. I object to this stereotype completely because nothing could be more inaccurate. Rhode Island College has professors who graduated from excellent Graduate schools from all over the country and the students at RIC are no less driven than the instructors. Whether they are in business studies, nursing, or studying the humanities, students are competitive, hard-working, and strive for success.
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