There is the common stereotype that UofR students are only from New Jersey. It's not true! UofR has a diverse student population with students from all over the country and the world. Specifically, Virginia has the largest percentage of students out of all the 50 states. Another stereotype is that all UofR students wear JCrew, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren to school everyday. This is not entirely true either. However, UofR is the type of school where students go to class looking very presentable. It is uncommon to see students in class wearing sweatpants (unless they are atheletes) and it is more likely that the person sitting to your right and left is wearing some sort of collared shirt, chinos, and boat shoes.
A common stereotype is that the majority of people at are school come from very wealthy families usually from the South. Another stereotype is that the majority of these students get involved in Greek life. Although there are a lot of wealthy students at Richmond I think we have a diverse mix of students from different social backgrounds, different parts of the US and the world. Our school caters greatly to international studies and I think they really try to incorporate different cultures and activities for students to get involved with that will expose them to different facets of living and the world.
University of Richmond has been stereotyped as a "preppy", privileged school with a homogenous population. Though we do have our fair share of designer handbags and people do love to wear sundresses to football games, I don't think the stereotype is very accurate. We have a very diverse student body, and though there is some serious wealth, there are also a ton of students who are here because Richmond provides fantastic financial aide. I have met all kinds of different people, and speaking for myself and the group of friends I associate with, we are preppy.
The stereotype is that Richmond is full of preppy white kids who are all from the tri-state area. This stereotype is not completely untrue as you will see a lot of people walking around in preppy clothes, etc. but Richmond has been working on increasing diversity for a few years now and I think they are succeeding. There is a greater population of non-white students on campus each year and we even have about 6% of international students. We also have students from over 45 states and each state is becoming more and more represented each year.
Richmond can tend to have a stereotype of possessing a lot of students who are viewed as being rich/snobbish/elitist. That's what I always heard prior to my attendance at Richmond and I do not feel that is an accurate description. You can certainly find those stereotypical kids on campus but many of my Richmond classmates are the nicest and down-to-earth people that I know.
The stereotype is that the kids at this school look like you should be in a J Crew magazine. To a certain extent yes. People dress up for class while most athletes do not. However, you will see many people in sweats throughout the day and not just when they are going to the gym.
Many people think of UR students as geeks or nerds. Very untrue! Everyone on campus is involved in so many things, including sports, clubs, and greek life. Yes...the library may be a busy place...but the playing fields and social atmospheres are as well.
Students come from all different backgrounds and from all over the world. I would not say that there is one stereotype that fits are campus and that is what is so unique about it. You will find jocks, frats, nerds, and just your average joes.
Richmond kids are thought of as just that: Rich, white, northern kids who all were president of a thousand clubs in high school and got straight A's. Overachievers.
Richmond is a place with lots of different types of people. If you start talking to people, you will find they all have a unique story to share.