Syracuse University Top Questions

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

Emilia

Some would say that the students are very social life oriented and all about partying but that is not entirely true. Students like to enjoy themselves but just as much as any other college student at any school. We have a good balance of fun and rigorous academic life. I am never bored either way.

Zachary

The stereotype of Syracuse University students is that they are all rich and "Jappy". The sterotype is somewhat true. You definitely see it a lot. Campus is very diverse. The school does an amazing job of mixing cultures.

Devine

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Bridget

Whenever I tell someone that I go to Syracuse, they automatically think I am a huge sports fan and start talking about basketball like I'm supposed to know every stat. Sure there are a lot of good fans here, and I have gone to a few games and had fun, but not everyone "bleeds orange".

Gladys

Party school We might have a lot of parties at weekends, but at weekdays, it's a great school.

Christina

The stereotype of students that I saw and heard of before I actually attended was that it was only for really rich students. In fact I have found it quite the opposite - there are a lot of students from very diverse and interesting backgrounds that all add to the atmosphere. However, the stereotype that everyone on campus loves sports in my experience has proven to be true. As a fan of SU sports, it is really empowering to see everyone gather together.

David

Party animals: the stereotype of students who attend Syracuse University. It's true. there is never a shortage of boisterous yelling or laughing during the Saturday night house parties or even as early as a Wednesday night. Yes, 'Cuse students definitely play hard and seem to keep it that way. However, this stereotype is not completely accurate. There are numerous students here on campus that choose to go out or don't go out. But, I have seen almost all of them work hard during the weeks of classes. Aside from the unified occasional complaining of scarce sleep time, the students here definitely get their work done in time before partying it up again. All in all, the students of Syracuse University not only like to have a good time, but also prove to be diligent in their academics and studies consistently.

David

Party animals: the stereotype of students who attend Syracuse University. It's true. there is never a shortage of boisterous yelling or laughing during the Saturday night house parties or even as early as a Wednesday night. Yes, 'Cuse students definitely play hard and seem to keep it that way. However, this stereotype is not completely accurate. There are numerous students here on campus that choose to go out or don't go out. But, I have seen almost all of them work hard during the weeks of classes. Aside from the unified occasional complaining of scarce sleep time, the students here definitely get their work done in time before partying it up again. All in all, the students of Syracuse University not only like to have a good time, but also prove to be diligent in their academics and studies consistently.

Carol

The stereotype of students at Syracuse University are that everyone is an athlete and studies Communication and Rhetorical Studies. This is not true. Our Drama department and Newhouse program are some of the best in the program. There are thousands of students who have never even attended a University sporting event. Another stereotype is that Syracuse University is a PARTY SCHOOL! This is in fact true, but the party scene is easy to be avoided if one does not want to be involved.

Deeanna

Some stereotypes of people at Syracuse are: everyone is a partier, or is an upper class white kid from New York. Although there are many of both types of peoples, not everyone is a hard partier, and there are a lot of people who aren't white or upper middle class. Another stereotype is that everyone here is from New York or New Jersey. That is pretty true, but if you ask around, you can find plenty of people who aren't from relatively closely.

Brittany

I am from a small school in Ohio and did not know of any stereotypes that were supposedly at Syracuse, and could not really see any when I arrived. Syracuse is supposedly a large part school with a large Jewish- and Italian-American population, but truthfully they are just the same as everyone else. People here are very proud of their nationality, and they definitely discuss it, but everyone is very accepting of all other stereotypes. I feel that you find what you go looking for, so if you are looking for a large party school or a lot of Jewish friends, you will definitely find them. But, if you are looking for friends to have fun and learn with who do not judge you in any way, you will also find that like i have. Al in all, the stereotypes are not very accurate. The one that is, however, is that in the wintertime a good 50% of girls will have a long, black jacket, boots that look like Uggs, and leggings or skinny jeans on, but that is more of an inside joke because it is so true, rather than people making fun of them for it.

Amanda

Since Syracuse University is a private institution, many people assume that only students from relatively affluent families attend here. In actuality, Syracuse University is a very diverse place, both in the demographics of our students, the opportunities that are available, and programs of study.

Corey

Syracuse students are seen as wealthy Northeast suburban kids who are often sports fans. There is also a stereotype that the school has a lot of Jewish students

Tan

Most kids work hard and play hard.

Matthew

Syracuse has a lot of fun Fraternities. We are known for being the number 12 party school in the nation. With this there are a lot of frat kids that are crazy. There is also a stereotype of Syracuse being a very Jewish school. It is not true, but there are more jewish students at Syracuse than many other universities.

Gabrielle

The stereotype is that all the girls wear ugh boots, leggings, and are in a sorority. The boys, well they are either in a frat or playing basketball. I don't think this fits our school at all! Yes, there are a lot of people involved in Greek life which is awesome, but not everyone is. I've met people such an array of people here, its great. Everyone from your ESF student studying the chemistry of tree moss growth to your spray-painting art student, your i-will-never-leave-Bird-library kid to your i-dont-give-a-crap student who's just here to party, and of course many imbetween. Its great.

Lily

The stereotype would be jocks, but there are really all different types of people because there are so many different colleges including the art school which i am in.

Devine

The biggest stereotype about Syracuse University is that it is a majority "Jewish Rich Kids". I think that the stereotype is extremely true, I mean tuition is extremely high and it is a majority Jewish. But I think the stereotype is presented so negatively and that leads to segregation amongst the different races here. So each race has their own little space on campus.

Michael

One general stereotype of Syracuse University is that many of the students are rich, Jewish girls who paid their way into a good college. In general, I don't think this is true. While many of our students are from the middle-upper classes, I think most people attending the university deserve to be there, based on the merit of their actions and the ability expressed by their prior education. Another stereotype deals with "frat boys and lax bros." While there is a good number of fraternity parties here, the school itself shouldn't be negatively affected by that. Most of these so-called "frat boys" are actually pretty smart people who just party a little harder than others on the weekends.

Olivia

Most people think that people who go to Syracuse are all hardcore partiers. Although it is true that there are a lot of parties on the weekends and a lot of people who go to them, it is also completely possible to find a group of people who don't find it necessary to get trashed every weekend.

Braden

Stoners. Hippies. I go to ESF.

Erika

The stereotype of Syracuse University seems to be that all of its students are rich, since it is a private school. While this is not entirely accurate (since there are so many scholarship students including athletes, international students, minorities, etc)...the stereotype definitely remains true for Greek Life. Jewish american princesses aka JAP's is the fitting stereotype for almost every sorority girl on campus. How can they be found you may ask? Simple...black jacket, black uggs and blackberry! Also, I think there is a certain stereotype for students on campus, particularly Newhouse kids. "Ooo you're in Newhouse?" is a common phrase and they seem to be held to a high standard by their peers.

Erika

The stereotype of Syracuse University seems to be that all of its students are rich, since it is a private school. While this is not entirely accurate (since there are so many scholarship students including athletes, international students, minorities, etc)...the stereotype definitely remains true for Greek Life. Jewish american princesses aka JAP's is the fitting stereotype for almost every sorority girl on campus. How can they be found you may ask? Simple...black jacket, black uggs and blackberry! Also, I think there is a certain stereotype for students on campus, particularly Newhouse kids. "Ooo you're in Newhouse?" is a common phrase and they seem to be held to a high standard by their peers.

Erika

The stereotype of Syracuse University seems to be that all of its students are rich, since it is a private school. While this is not entirely accurate (since there are so many scholarship students including athletes, international students, minorities, etc)...the stereotype definitely remains true for Greek Life. Jewish american princesses aka JAP's is the fitting stereotype for almost every sorority girl on campus. How can they be found? Black jacket, black uggs and blackberry! Also, I think there is a certain stereotype for students on campus, particularly Newhouse kids. "Ooo you're in Newhouse?" is a common phrase and they seem to be held to a high standard by their peers.

Penelope

Before coming to campus, many websites talked about Syracuse being filled with JAPs. Coming from the west coast, I thought this meant Japanese, but it stands for Jewish American Princesses. And yes, this is definitely true. A lot of the girls at Syracuse (esp. sorority girls are really rich and Jewish). Majority of the kids that attend Syracuse are really wealthy, driving around BMWs, Audis, Mercedes, etc. (even international students) While majority of the school are rich, there are also a number of people on campus who are here on scholarship, and one of the first people in their family to attend college. While this group is not as big as the majority, the number is definitely growing. Syracuse is trying to become more diverse, which apparently was one of the reasons it dropped in the rankings of colleges.

Antonya

There is a stereotype that "JAPS" think they're the best. Parties on south campus will get shut down by DPS and sorority girls and frat boys throw wild parties and seclude themselves from others as superior

Lauren

While there is certainly a good portion of "Rich white kids from the northeast" at this school, this doesn't define the entire student body in anyway. Syracuse is a diversified campus with people from many different backgrounds. There are people from every state as well as countries all over the world, and over 60% of the student body is on some from of financial aid.

Seth

The stereotypes of students on campus are of jocks, frat guys and loose sorority girls. This stereotype is decidedly false. There is a wide variety of cliche and non-cliche identities to adopt. There are stoners and jocks and frat guys, but there also exist intellectuals and vibrant cultural communities. If it is a niche you seek, it should be easy to find.

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