The average student at Lafayette College usually hails from the East Coast/New England states. Quite a large portion of the student body comes from money, and that is reflected in the way students present themselves. There are a lot of fashion-conscious people on campus, guys and girls who put effort into the clothes they wear. It is not unusual to see girls impeccably put together, and guys in collared shirts and pressed khakis. Even in this flawlessly-attired crowd, you can expect to find the more casually dressed people. They go to class in sweatshirts and sweatpants, ponytails and scruffy beards. They mingle with each other, go to classes and the library, and attend parties on the weekends. They rub shoulders with Greek life—which may have the label of “exclusivity” in most college vernaculars—and have social lives beyond their on-campus jobs and double majors.
Most students come to campus with some knowledge of how to maneuver the dating scene. The guy-to-girl ratio is pretty equal, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet eligible singles. Floor events, dorm parties, Greek life events—the campus offers a wide range of social activities where guys and girls can get to know each other. Casual sex is not unheard of, and neither is the hookup culture. However, there are quite a few serious couples in every circle of friends.