Does regional personality affect a college campus?

by Grace

If this map is accurate and different regions of the country have different personalities, perhaps this information should factor into choosing a college.


Regional personality could influence a campus vibe.  Keep in mind that higher education tends toward a personality type all its own, and schools that draw most students from outside their area will probably have a more diverse mix.  But in some cases this map may indicate subtle differences between universities across the country.  Are you “relaxed and creative”?  Then maybe a Pennsylvania school would be too “temperamental” for you.

That bright yellow color of Texas stands out amid all the blue and green in the mid section of the country, suggesting their “Don’t Mess With Texas” slogan was an appropriate choice.

Related:  ‘A quick way to find if a college has many out-of-state students’


“This Map Explains Why Midwesterners Find New Yorkers Weird”, Science of Us, June 3, 2014.


6 Comments to “Does regional personality affect a college campus?”

  1. Although this map is pretty weird (“temperamental and uninhibited” sounds kind of scary), there is no question that regional characteristics affect campus climate. I’ve lived around enough colleges in different parts of the country to know that this is true. A college in Boston is going to feel very different from a land grant school in the midwest or a college in the South. Things like the role of football, the importance of Greek life, whether students tend to be liberal or conservative – all profoundly affected by region.


  2. Yes, and I just realized that even if a school attracts a lot of out-of-state students, it’s still likely to retain a personality influenced by region because the students who apply probably self select.


  3. Absolutely. For example, Brown feels very different from Duke


  4. Our local college in Texas is way more fun-loving than just about any I’ve been around. It seems like every time I turn around, there’s some sort of fiesta, homecoming, event with LARGE inflatables, chili cook-off, bed race, campus sing, or what have you. (A fair amount of those are Greek-run.)


  5. AmyP, that sounds “uninhibited”, but not exactly “temperamental”. Do they every get any learning done? 🙂


  6. I’m not sure you see much “temperamental” on the college campus, aside from professors (who are often out-of-staters) throwing hissy fits over TA assignments.

    The college students seem to be pretty meek in the face of authority.


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