Bates has a preponderance of hippies, but there are several other social groups, as well: jocks, nerds, preppies, and so on. When it comes to different types of people, you’ll find all ends of the spectrum at Bates. Batesies do tend to be attractive physically, but some people have complained about the shallowness exhibited by a portion of the student body. There are some students who spend all their time worrying about their hair and their clothes, some who worry more about saving the rainforest than showering, some who are too busy discovering a cure for the common cold to change their underwear, and some who think a sweaty T-shirt is the sexiest attire in the world.
Bates is a small campus, and before too long, students will be able to recognize just about everyone they pass, but you can definitely always count on meeting someone new. Since the school is so small, pretty much everybody knows everyone else’s business. Drunken hookups are common, and some people don’t even bother to get out of the hallway before they start messing around. Oftentimes, hallmates know each other's “secret code” that students write on the whiteboard to alert their roommate they have a guest in the room, so even those who fool around in their own rooms don’t have all that much privacy. Nearly everyone on campus is familiar with the “walk of shame” back to their own rooms the morning after, and some people choose to run, hoping no one will see them.