There are probably a few stereotypes of the types of students at Redlands, none of which are very accurate. There is the jock stereotype, the party-er, the Greek student, and the hippie stereotypes. It speaks to our diversity that there are so many different stereotypes to choose from! No. There are student athletes, and there are students who are more free-thinking. The positive thing about the Redlands community is that it is small, and these students will almost always end up rubbing shoulders with one another at some point. It’s hard to surround yourself solely with completely like-minded individuals. As a student, I was constantly being challenged by my friends and peers to think outside the box. I was almost always surrounded by students around whom I was comfortable, but constantly learning. This is just one example of how the education that Redlands provides spans across the boundary of the classroom.
Here at Redlands, I feel that there aren't really any crazy stereotypes. There are certainly groups of people that hang out together, but there aren't people that don't hang out with certain people because of what their major is or what organization they are part of. Part of the reason that I chose this school was because of the breaking down of the walls between groups. For example, in one of my classes I sit next to a sorority girl on one side and a football player on the other. And just being a student is what defines us. There aren't any special treatments to certain groups over others, something that I feel makes Redlands unique. :)
There is a common stereotype that our school is filled with rich white students. I must, however, debunk that stereotype because while there are some students who are able to pay full tuition we also have about 80% of our students receiving financial aid. Our school is not very racially or ethnically diverse, however the students that represent different races and ethnicities are VERY open about expressing their pride. We have a very popular office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion that is made of of the Multicultural Center, Women's Center, and Pride Center. We value all of them because they enrich our campus beautifully.
At a liberal arts college, such as Redlands, a diverse group of students attend this university to become critical thinkers and responsible doers. I would not say there is a certain stereotype on the Redlands campus. We have students from 44 different states outside California. These students study business, psychology, communicative disorders, international relations, government, music, and many other majors offered on campus. And if a major is not offered, students can design their own education in the Johnston program.
I think a lot of outsiders see the U of R as only rich white students. However this is NOT the case. I know people from all walks of life that attend school here. While some people may associate with a certain clique, students don't feel the need to stick to these groups and aren't afraid to branch out and hang out with one another.
There are two separate stereotypes. One is that we have a lot of jocks and one is that we have a lot of hippies. That doesn't really make much sense, and neither of them are very true. I think that we're all a little bit of both and everything in between.
I know a lot of people think that Johnston college kids are hippies, weird, etc, but a lot of them are really chill, down to earth people! I can't think of any specific stereotype for the entire college...I can say with honesty that I think, for such a small school, we have a lot of diversity!