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


I would say the most common stereotype at our school is that we are all rich kids. USF is a private university with very expensive tuition, so this stereotype is not surprising. However, like most stereotypes, this is a generalization and does not hold true for all students. Many students value the small class sizes and many other unique benefits that this private school offers, and therefore do whatever it takes to experience this type of education at the cost of many student loans for example.


I believe the stereotype of students at USF is one of elite-class children who are pampered without appreciation.


Because USF is a private, Catholic university, there's bound to be people who assume that the school is very strict and the students who attend it are wealthy, when in reality USF is pretty laid back. USF also is really generous with financial aid which means that you'll find students from many different backgrounds.


USF = "University of Spoiled Foreigners" / "University of Spoiled Fuck Ups" / "University of Single Females" The most predominant stereotype about USF students is that we're all super rich, wealthy, and affluent. For the most part, this is true. The student body is incredibly diverse, with many different ethnicities, and numerous foreign students. That being said, many undergrads are from the West Coast originally (California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, or Hawaii). There is a fairly high proportion of privileged, upper middle class blondes. Because USF is an urban campus, many students are extremely fashionable and trendy. The sex ratio is skewed, and there are way more girls than boys. USF is a Jesuit school, and there are some religious, conservative students-- though they certainly don't form the majority. Most students are pretty open-minded when it comes to religion. I've found that for the most part, USF students are surprisingly engaged. Many want to "make a difference" and "give back to the community." Furthermore, sustainability is an important concern on campus. A lot of students are somewhat "mainstream," though there are significant pockets of alternative kids (especially in the Art and Media Studies departments). Nevertheless, I noticed that many of the coolest undergrads ultimately transferred, citing the oppressively unhip ambiance as a major factor in their decision. While USF students are not unintelligent, they are not particularly studious either. A fair amount are considered "under-achievers" by their families' standards. Many have siblings who went to more prestigious schools. In that sense, it would not be inaccurate to consider USF a safety school for rich kids (particularly rich kids from Southern California). That being said, I've also met a ton of students who attended public high school. Finally, despite the complete absence of fraternities and sororities, USF is definitely a party school. The student body likes to have a lot of fun, and students generally do not take themselves too seriously. International Studies appears to be the most popular major on campus. No matter what you choose to major in, however, you will be forced to fulfill fairly rigid and extensive core curriculum requirements (including a theology class).


My school is mixed by all of those people because they come from different countries.


A stereotype of students at University of San Francisco is that everyone that goes here is wealthy. Granted, the school's tuition and housing is expensive but that doesn't mean that everyone here is wealthy. A lot of students here receive some type of financial aid from the school because without it they wouldn't be here.


The stereotype is that everyone who goes here comes from a wealthy background and that they are a bit stuck. Although there are definitely those who fit into this stereotype, there are also many people that don't adhere to this stereotype. Many of the people who go here have a really laid back personality and tend to be pretty accepting of those coming from backgrounds different from theirs.


Something that I've heard a lot of people say about USF is that it's the University of Stuck-up Foreigners. It's true that there are a lot of International Students at USF-- many from Asia. They mostly stick to themselves, but I have met several that are quite friendly. Another stereotype is that everyone is rich because it's a private school with a 50k tuition, but the truth is many people are on some kind of scholarship/federal aid.


The stereotype at USF is it is a school filled with a lot of spoiled rich kids. I have to admit that yes there are rich kids but they are not necessarily spoiled. The campus has many different kinds of students, including those who come from not so wealthy backgrounds such as me. You might meet the occasional rich spoiled student, but they are not all over. You will definitely find your niche here when you attend USF.


The most common stereotype at USF is that there is about 80% of girls and 20% of boys that attend this university. Unfortunately, this is fairly true. Also, since it is San Francisco, you will see a good amount of hipsters walking around from time to time.


At the University of San Francisco, there is a huge population of Chinese International students, so one stereotype would be that Asian looking students with a Chinese accent must be "fob". This group of people is known for having heavy conversations in studying areas and being very outgoing with other international students, but is shy when outside of their cliché. Another stereotype is that guys that wear tight clothing and talk in a feminine tone are "gay". It is San Francisco after all, the city of the homosexual liberation. And then there are the more common stereotypes such as "the teacher's pet", "the studying dork", "the computer nerd", "the loner", "the girlie girl", "the alcoholics/party animals", and of course "the jock/athlete". USF offers a variety of students, including ones that do not fall in any of these stereotypic categories.


The stereotype is that the students at USF are spoiled and without much motivation. The stereotype is a half-truth. The reality is that USF is very diverse so there are a lot of different kinds of people from varying backgrounds and social norms. In the heart of San Francisco, most kids smoke marijuana but aren't considered stoners necessarily because it is common. The average g.p.a has risen significantly in the past years, so it's more competitive than people assume.


Most people in and around the city assume that if you go to the University of San Francisco, you must be a rich kid. While it is true that the majority of the domestic and foreign students come from affluent backgrounds, ostentatiousness is not a quality many students display. San Francisco seems to attract a certain kind of student. Stereotypically, the USF student is friendly, laid back, approachable, motivated, entrepreneurial, and of course we have our share of stoners being in the city with the most lax laws on marijuana use. Also our school is known to have a high ratio of women to men. We are nearly 70% women and on a nice day the campus can be filled with good looking people tanning on the lawn.


Basketball players, Greeks


This funny thing about USF is that you can actually find poeple from a types of backgrounds here. From international students, local students, even to those who travel from nearby states, we have quite a variety. Many students carry an urban and unique san francisco-ish style but nonethless, everyone can pretty much be comfortable in their own skin.


The University of San Francisco's mission statement is "Change the world from here." Before this, it was "Educating minds and hearts to change the world." The majority of students at the University of San Francisco can be characterized as driven and hard working. They are very much involved in the community, taking part in service work and internships.


The University of San Francisco's mission statement is "Change the world from here." Before this, it was "Educating minds and hearts to change the world." The majority of students at the University of San Francisco can be characterized as driven and hard working. They are very much involved in the community, taking part in service work and internships.


I believe that USF, as a private school, invokes the image of a wealthy and/or privileged student. And although it it is true that this school does have its fair share of students with trust funds or wealthy parents, it houses a diverse range of students from each walk social and economic classes. I myself am from a working class, migrant family.


Students at the University of San Francisco uphold the stereotype of fashionable, rich folk. The school's overwhelming majority is upper class caucasian students who hold their clothing choices at the the same, if not higher standard as their academic requirements. High fashion and fashion line-toer's can be seen throughout ones daily routine around campus. The mysterious Ray Ban-ed sophomore in the pizza line at the cafe, sporting an all black motif. The retro 90's hipsters who have transformed The Big Lebowski into a fashion statement on his way to economics. All types can be found at the University, just keep a weather eye out.


To be honest I am not aware of a general stereotype that is applied to USF students as a whole. That being said it is a private school, so I think outsiders tend to assume students at my school come from wealthy families. This isn't entirely accurate as I come from a middle class background, and am only able to afford attending USF through my financial aid package. Living in the heart of San Francisco also comes with a slew of stereotypes as the city has its own reputation. I think someone who has never visited USF might assume that it is a very liberal school. In my opinion, it is not. However the students and faculty alike tend to be open minded, well intentioned people who value freedom of thought and expression. Stereotypes never hold up when we look at people as they are, individuals like ourselves. Coming to San Francisco has taught me that people are people, no matter what ethnicity, religion, or culture they claim; and there will be plenty of good ones and plenty of not so good ones no matter where you go.


The stereotype of students at USF is that we are all rich liberal kids who wish we could rewind history to the hippie era. While stereotypes are not all true, there are students who would fit this assumption based off of their appearance. USF is a private university and therefore expensive, but many students I have met attend USF with the help of FASFA and scholarship funds. A large amount of the student body is liberal, but I have come across a wide variety of political views. The fashion of individuals varies. As the stereotype provides, there are those individuals who emulate the bohemian or hipster style, but everyone expresses themselves as they see fit. The great thing about USF is that everyone is trying to be successful in the career they have chosen to pursue and they all feel comfortable doing that in their own way. The university promotes self-expression from the students and the students are more than willing to oblige. From different styles, different beliefs, and different life experiences, USF has become a place where diversity and difference is accepted. After all it is San Francisco, and one thing that is quickly discovered about San Francisco is that there is no end to the various types of people you will meet. Stereotypes are created because of what people see, but that does not mean that stereotypes are an accurate description of a university, a city, or a group of people. If you are looking for a place that challenges accepting stereotypes and has a student body that encourages expressing your differences and their differences, then USF needs to be on your list of schools to check out.


Stereotypically, the students at this school are thought to be rich. Because this school is very expensive, but upon meeting students one would find out that many are on financial aid, scholarships, and work study in order to supply for their tuition. This is San Francisco, many people to smoke, but they have a designated area to do so. Some people have said that the athletes here are not the nicest, but I myself have never run into this kind of conflict. USF students are generally, nice and respectful.


Many people believe that the students who attend University of San Francisco are rich snobs. However, this stereotype is is very untrue. Yes, USF has a collection of students who flaunt their dollar bills, but the majority of students are here on financial aid or scholarship. USF is incredibly diverse - there are students from all around the world who are here to engage in education. With that diversity, there is a financial difference. At USF, you could meet someone who is a millionaire, and beside them, there will be someone who attends even with financial difficulty.


The stereotypical kid at USF is either a rich or hippie-like stoner. Yes, these stereotypes are true, but, only to an extent. Like most rumors and stereo-types,are not wholly true, but, are nonetheless revealing. We do have kids that fit the USF stereotype, but then we have a greater number of kids who don't. And the kids that do fit, have more going for them than just being a "rich kid from socal" or a "stoner hippie". But generally, kids at USF are open-minded, which more or less serves as a unifying bond throughout the student body.


Generally, many think that we are apathetic hipsters. While it is true that our students don't have the most school spirit, we are all very independent people and truly take advantage of all our city has to offer off-campus (ie: music festivals, internships, jobs, etc.). We, as a student population, are the opposite of apathetic - we're very passionate, driven people and all have a large appreciation for our City.


Rich, hippie-wannabe kids. This stereotype is true for most because the University of San Francisco is private and pricey yet the students who choose this location are attracted to the San Francisco "hippie" culture.


Besides being known as the University of San Francisco, USF has been dubbed by many, including its students, University of Single Females. Not to say that our school is entirely run by single females (YES! FEMALE EMPOWERMENT!) but that there is somewhat an unequal male to female ratio (currently, it is I believe 1:3) As a Biology major, many of my upper division classes only have approximately 2 or 3 guys in a class of 9-12 students. Yup! Somewhat true, but that just needs to be an incentive for guys to come to this school bursting with a pretty good lookin' female population.


Students at USF are really focused on figuring out their place. Every person is really unique in what they choose to be involved in: academically, or in the city. It's not that every student is self-centered and only focused on himself or herself. It's just that every person has all these outlets to work with to figure out his or her passions. There's a lot of opportunity to do your own thing but also to find people that are similar to you, that share the same values or goals.


I don't think USF really has any sterotypes. There are such a mix of people with different backgrounds it's hard to stereotype anyone.


We are often thought of as the hipster people that are into identifying with "cool" things before anyone else.


To me, I see no division between the different groups of people here.


One of the stereotypes is that, as a private school, most of are students are extremely well off. I won't lie, there are some pretty great cars that show up around the campus parking lots (and yes, they're owned by students) but at the same time, that stereotype doesn't exactly fit. I know that I'm not a spoiled rich kid. I'm here because of student loans and a merit scholarship. With USF, you get kids from all kinds of backgrounds, varying in monetary status and everything else. So with stereotypes, you can't really use any for our school. We're a bit too diverse for that.


I guess one of the biggest stereotypes at the school would be that many students are stoners. We are in San Francisco, after all. But to be honest, I don't really see it around that much. If people participate in that sort of thing, it usually happens off campus. Another stereotype is that, as a private school, most of are students are spoiled rich kids. I won't lie, there are some pretty great cars that show up around the campus parking lots (and yes, they're owned by students) but at the same time, that stereotype doesn't exactly fit. I know that I'm not a spoiled rich kid. I'm here because of student loans and a merit scholarship. With USF, you get kids from all kinds of backgrounds, varying in monetary status and everything else. So with stereotypes, you can't really use any for our school. We're a bit too diverse for that.


In my experience at USF I've never seen a clear stereotype of students here. When I applied to USF I thought the students would all be hippie kids who are all vegetarians and will die to save a tree because of San Francisco's reputation of being "hippie central" (no offense meant to those who love the environment- I'm all about being environmentally conscious myself). Although there are a lot more vegetarians here than from my friends at home, there are all types of students here at USF. You have some jocks, some "fratty" guys and some "sorority" girls, hipsters, art nerds, lots of different types. The biggest difference is that all the students here are friendly towards one another and we all work together. Just because we have different interests doesn't mean we're separate from one another. We're all unique but we all have a strong sense of community...which is one of the reasons why I felt comfortable here.


The stereotype of the students at our school is a "bunch of preps" or "rich kids." This stereotype is not accurate there is a diverse population at our school from "Jocks" to "Geeks" to those who are more "hood".