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One stereotype that is out there is that the students at UNL aren't very strong academically as the oft used phrase "N for kNowledge" suggests.
I think that, like in many other schools, there are students all over the academic spectrum at UNL. Sure, there are some students who aren't very high performing and slide through without much trouble, but there is also a strong tradition of academic achievement. For example, there is the UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences) program that gives Undergrads the chance to work with professors. Also, this year UNL had the highest number of Fullbright scholarship receiving students in the Big Ten. It's all about what you make of it.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is very diverse and does not have one particular stereotype. I have met students from places like China and Malaysia, yet there are plenty of students from around Nebraska as well. There is definitely a large variety of students, all with different backgrounds and experiences. Most students share a love for sports--we have great college athletics and great fans. Most take pride in the school and love being a student. There is a large greek system that is actually very impressive compared to most. Each house holds a high standard and the houses have high GPAs. If the greek system is not right for you, there are plenty of other activities to get involved in--everything from intramurals to groundbreaking research. Overall, UNL is a diverse campus that is very accepting of everyone.
The University of Nebraska- Lincoln is an absolutely amazing college! Coming into college, I was worried I wouldn't fit in, but there is truly a "group" on campus for anyone! While every college has the "frat boys" and "sorority girls" as well as the nerds, partiers, and preps, I feel that UNL has a great balance of these groups.
A few stereotypes amongst UNL would be that the Greek system pays their way to make their own friends. They only acknowledge themselves and have formed their own cliques within the Greek system. The UNL student athlete's only make their way through college because of their tutors and only care about their sport.
I don't think these stereotype's to be accurate because no one stereotype can be given and prove to be true for all associated within the stereotype. Each student at UNL is capable of accomplishing their goals and shouldn't hold their placed stereotype upon them to affect their learning.
I have yet to experience a stereotype that has been completely true all of the time. Isn't simply the word stereotype proof enough that the accusations made aren't really accurate? Either way, coming from Colorado, I had heard that Nebraska was mainly filled with hick farmers and agriculturally-minded people who were underexposed to technology. To the extreme, I'd heard that some students only attend the spring semester, as they're helping their family harvest their crop in the fall. Needless to say, these stereotypes are false.
Many of my friends and peers here at UNL are very tech-savvy and often times know as little about farming as I do. Though some of the "native Nebraskans" claim to know some things about agriculture, farming and ranching is hardly ever even considered for discussion on a normal basis.
I think that the biggest thing that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is known or is their athletic program, and especially their football. This has become even more prevelant since the athletic program has been moved to the big 10 this last year.
It is true that this is a big part of the University. Students sign up early for the tickets to the football games and there are always ten people willing to buy your ticket if you are not able to go. Students are dedicated to their team. Some will show up ten hours or more early to a game just to try and get in the front row to watch. In my experience row 67 is the best because no one races to go that high and since it is a walk way you are a couple rows above the people in front of you.
But that is not all UNL is about. UNL is also about the academics and the whole campus experience. By the fountain by the Union one can always find something interesting going on, or they can just sit and relax while doing homework. There are always teachers around to help you, and between the new Gaughan center, the library, and the Union there is never an abundance of places to study.
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, is consistently ranked among the top 50 colleges in the U.S. News and World Reports' annual review for "best colleges". Having this honor, though, is just another way to combat something that UNL must fight: public universities offer a great education, comparable even to private schools.
In searching for a University, many people may think it is not worth looking into a public university because their future degree may not be as valuable or the standard of education may not be as high as that seen at a private university. At UNL, though, this is not the case! The University of Nebraska constantly seeks top faculty members, and is currently working on creating a new "Innovation Campus" to further invest in our schools' dedication to research. At this university, every professor makes every class period valuable, and is open to getting to know every student in their class. Having a public university that offers top notch education at an affordable cost is something that you may not be able many other places and makes common stereotypes of public universities something that should be re-evaluated.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a diverse student body. There are many international students, out-of-state students, and students who are originally from Nebraska. There involvement on campus helps define who they are as a person. Whether they are members of a sorority or fraternity, participate in athletics, or are in clubs it's not a stereotype who defines them but, how they define themselves.
I attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. When people think of UNL they usually classify everyone as farmers and hicks or interested only in Agricultural Science and football. This stereotype is not accurate at all. Yes, there are those people that walk to class in cowboy boots but UNL has so many different types of people and cultures represented on campus. There are honor societies, athletic teams, and every type of club you can think of. The greek system on campus is very large too. I came from out of state so I had no idea what to expect of Nebraska. I did come here thinking that everyone came from a small town or had cows grazing in their back yard when in fact most come from cities and are very social. The decision to go to UNL was the best decision I ever made.
Many people think that because we are a campus in Nebraska we only have students from rural areas. This is simply not true! We have numerous students from across the globe! I have personally had the opportunity to interact with international students, students from out-of-state, as well as students from righ here in Nebraska; both big city kids and farming families. Being a public university we have a lot to offer our diverse campus of students.
Some stereotypes of students at UNL are similar to the stereotypes of Nebraskan's in general. People think UNL students are all farmers and from small towns. However, this stereotype is not completely accurate. There are many out-of-state students and foreign exchange students on campus. Although, the campus is predominately caucasian.
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