One of the biggest complaints voiced by more serious Dartmouth students about the College is the difficulty many of them encounter in establishing lasting, caring relationships with members of the opposite sex. It seems as if the high-intensity academic and social environment of Dartmouth makes sustaining a meaningful relationship an extreme challenge for most students.
As far as looks go, Dartmouth students are on par or slightly below par with most other schools. Dartmouth guys are more rugged and athletic than you might expect given whatever preconceptions you may have about the Ivy League. The small deficit Dartmouth girls have in looks is more than made up for with their class and personality, except, of course, when in the context of a raging frat party, when all that goes out the window. Hookups—drunken or otherwise—dominate most students’ romantic horizons, in a way that, while unfortunate, is a natural outgrowth of the same high intensity academic and social paradigm that characterizes most prestigious American colleges today