There are usually two stereotypes associated with Seton Hall University. One, people say it's a rich Catholic school. It does get that reputation for a reason, there are a decent amount of wealthy students that attend. The rich students are, for the most part, very modest and down to earth. Does this mean that all the students have money? Of course not! Students at SHU come from all different backgrounds. Seton Hall's diversity is one of it's best attributes! I love having friends from all parts of the country and even the world! The other stereotype is that Seton Hall is a strict Catholic university. The only "strict" aspect is the guest policy in the dorms. Because it is a Catholic university, overnight guests must be the same sex. However, students always have their friends sign in their significant other. So the policy is more irritating than anything, but hey, college is about learning and meeting new people, so it shouldn't really be an issue. Also, many people think you have to be a devout Catholic to study here. That is not true at all. Students are required to take two religious courses, which cover all religions. So Catholocism is not forced down your throat. Seton Hall does have a very religious atmosphere, with the chapel and seminary on campus. However, I believe it makes the atmosphere more peaceful and comforting. I enjoy it, and I am not a practicing Catholic.
Seton Hall has a very diverse student body. There is a place for everyone, it just takes a little bit of time to find where. The student body consists of people from all different races, religions, and geographical areas. Thus said, there are many groups on campus that dedicate themselves to different organizations and interests. Once you find your niche, you basically stick with them. Jocks with jocks, frat kids with frat kids, stoners with stoners. No one is labeled a "geek" since everyone is very adamant about keeping good grades no matter what social circle they belong too. Many times, your group of friends that you click with the most are those that live on your floor or your roommate from freshman year. Over time though, students grow as individuals and find themselves being friends with people from other groups due to the small size of the University. There is no "reigning" social circle, everyone seems to exist together comfortably without any sort of social awkwardness.
When people think about Seton Hall University they think Basketball and sports. This is true. About a third of the students are participating in some kind of sport, but the other two thirds don't really have a sterotype. I think it's because there are so many kinds of people here from all over the country and the world. There is a HUGE volume of students studying diplomacy and international relations. Many of my friends are not from New Jersey but from Arizona, Holland, China, Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio, California, etc. There is a lot of variety. There aren't many geeks...the honors program kids are cool. We got to do to operas, greek plays, museums, different countries, and much more. The sterotype of sporty kids is somewhat accurate (because the sporty kids are reaaaalllly athletics and competitive), but not really because of the great diversity.
I don’t think you can stereotype students at Seton Hall in the same way you would in high schools. People here do tend to form clicks and they do tend to hang out with their core group of friends, mostly because people here tend to become closest with those who they see more of. There are kids from the radio station and certain fraternities; there are roommates and people from certain ethnic clubs. And yea people do say things sometimes about people from certain clubs or majors. For instance anytime nursing majors get together you know you’re going to be confused, and anytime diplomacy majors get together you hope they’re not going to be arguing about breaking news in country you’ve never heard of. Even though people do say things about certain groups and majors, I have found that in the end you end up defining yourself.
When you look at my school, it is hard to find a stereotype that would fit us. The students all come from different backgrounds and as a result, we do not form the stereotypical view of most college campuses. On any given night one can experience culture with one of the international clubs, become involved with school events through organizations such as the Student Activities Board and Student Government Association, or become actively involved in the community either through Campus Ministry or one of the numerous Greek organizations available on campus.
The stereotype of the students at my school is that we are all from Staten Island or New Jersey, the we are all commuters, and that those of us from New Jersey are from the "hood". This is not right about the students at Seton Hall. A lot of students are from all over the country. I have made a plethora of friends that are well rounded and accomplished people. While many students are from New Jersey it does not detract from the environment or experience.
The common stereotype for Seton Hall Students that I notice the most is that students are preppy and rich. This is not true at all! The student body is so diverse that we come from all walks of life. Yes some are from rich families as in every school you look at, but the school has a diversity that is quite the opposite of what people stereotypically think of Seton Hall
A big stereotype of Seton Hall students is that it is a suitcase school. A lot of students do commute and a decent amount who dorm do go home on the weekends, but for the most part, the majority of students remain in South Orange on the weekends.
I would say there are a variety of people who go to Seton Hall. But generally, everyone is friendly and willing to hold the door for each other and lend a hand when they see some one struggling.
Many commuters so those who stay on campus become very close.