More than meets the eye; debunking college stereotypes

While almost all of the seniors are wearing their future college-wear, no one can help but to analyze each student’s college choice.  Whether the criticism is about academic atmosphere or the social environment, stereotypes always seem to get in the way of important decisions; which is why it’s important to break down the most commonly-known college stereotypes in Ohio in order to determine their truth value.

  1. Ohio University

Without even saying the stereotype for this school, a majority of people in Ohio can already name what it is supposedly known for.  This ruthless party school reputation has been around for a long time, and for those who don’t know much about this school, it seems to be the only way to define it.

Ohio University is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and for students who attend, it can serve as a peaceful home away from home.  The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is one of the assets to the school, being one of the top programs in the nation.  On the website College Niche, OU attendees shared positive feedback towards the school.  One student in particular said, “I really love our academics at OU.  Our professors are willing to help with whatever we need and are willing to take time out of their schedules to work with us students.”


  1. The Ohio State University

Usually when students’ discussions of colleges swerve to the topic of Ohio State, many students shoot it down with either a “the campus is too big,” or by bringing up that “all anyone does is party.”  The truth is wherever you go college-wise, there will be party scenes.

It’s true, the school is large – 1,700 acres to be exact – but there are seemingly endless ways to get involved by joining their collection of 900 clubs, as well as 65 fraternities/sororities.  Ohio State is a world renowned research university, and is especially known for its expanding medical center.  There are endless opportunities for fun on campus, especially in attending football games at the Horseshoe, or the excitement-filled Nationwide Arena, home to the Columbus Blue Jackets.


  1. Miami University

The stereotype of Miami being home to  preppy kids has been around for a long time as well.  Just like any other stereotype, though it might be true, it’s not the only part to focus on.  Greek life is a huge part of what makes college life a worthwhile college experience at Miami.  In fact, Miami is often referred to as “the Mother of Fraternities” according to US News.  The 6 square mile town of Oxford, Ohio acts as a beautiful campus alongside the impressive academics.

According to US News, Miami was named #75 in the nation for academics.  There are also plenty of ways to get involved aside from joining a sorority or fraternity to joining one or even a few of the 500 organizations and clubs.


  1. Community College

While many prospective college students enjoy bragging about the big name colleges they plan to attend, there are plenty of boasting to do over the community colleges around the city of Cincinnati.  Two colleges that stand out in particular are Cincinnati State and UC Clermont.

Cincinnati State is both a technical school and a community college that offers two-year programs for attendees.  Students can choose from 100 associate degrees and certificate programs.    For aspiring chefs, Cincinnati State also hosts one of the best culinary institutes in the nation.

UC Clermont is located on 91 acres of wooded land In Batavia, Ohio, and offers more than 50 associate degrees and certificate programs.  Though the school is separate from UC itself, students still have access to all the school libraries, student support services, clubs, fraternities, sororities, intramural sports, and athletic events.  A student at UC Clermont is very much like a student attending the main campus of University of Cincinnati.











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