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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: MIT students are decently good looking, and smart and interesting as hell. They don't dress particularly well - half the year is brutally cold winter weather, so jeans and Northface coats are in heavy circulation most of the year. The 'work hard play hard' culture makes it difficult to have any type of casual relationships. Hookups and serious relationships are generally the only two options.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The best part about MIT is the people. I have never met more interesting, intelligent individuals in my life. They come from all walks of life, and a look around campus will disprove the nerd stereotype (though we are all nerds at heart). You have guys and girls with rainbow colored hair who walk around barefoot. You have your not-so-typical jocks, and preps, and hipsters. But even when you think you have someone figured out, they always surprise you. Individuals, therefore, get an A+

As far as social life and relationships goes, you run into some road bumps and blocks. People are tend to hang out with a particular friend group after freshman year, making it difficult to branch out and socialize. Additionally, there is no dating culture. You are either in a serious relationship or just hooking-up (which kind of sucks). Plus it can get kind of awkward your senior year when you know everyone and have weeded out all the eligible options

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Cute Guy Every Once in a While – There are plenty of cute guys/frat boys, but the overall population is a little too nerdy for my liking.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: An Attractive Nerdly Bunch – Everyone here is a nerd in one way or another. Despite that, just about everyone is well-put-together and reasonably attractive. People here are a lot of fun, too: whether you enjoy mad parties (college kids from all over Boston come to MIT parties because they're organized better) or making plasma arcs with friends in the lounge down the hall, there are people willing to do it with you.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Sure, there are plenty of guys and girls that fit the nerdy-looking, socially awkward stereotypes. But I've found that a comment that lots of us hear from people we meet at other schools is "I wouldn't have expected you to be from MIT." there's a whole range of types here: hot and not, trendy and goes-outside-in-pajamas, partiers and those who do homework on Friday nights.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Smartest Guys
  • 39th
    Smartest Girls
  • 116th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 182nd
    Friendliest Guys
  • 419th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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In terms of pure physical attractiveness, MIT isn’t at the top of any list. And although the men outnumber the women a bit, even though this is closer each year, the ratio between eligible men and women tends to be fairly even. Why is this? Because a good percentage of MIT men are more interested in computers, Star Wars, and classes. Don’t worry, though, there are definitely standouts in both genders. For the most part, many students opt to try to meet people from other schools. Lots of guys will date girls from Boston University or Wellesley College. In fact, a lot of MIT girls have a tendency to be bitter toward the Wellesley girls who always show up at parties.

There is a fairly even number of relationships and hookups at MIT. What’s more common? Well, it really depends who you are. Relationships range from totally random hookups to engagements by senior year. One of the biggest barriers to having a relationship at MIT is finding the time to have one. Many students compare the time commitment of a relationship to taking a lab class, so because of this, some people opt for hookups. At the same time, since MIT can be such a difficult place, many people find the need for a strong support system, and some people find this support in serious relationships.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
There are free condoms at the Health Center.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Frat Parties
  2. Activities
  3. Wellesley College
Social Scene
The social scene revolves around frat parties.
Hookups or Relationships?
Both occur at MIT. It just depends on what you're looking for. Since many students are busy with heavy work loads and research projects, there doesn't seem to be much time for committed relationships. Weekend hookups and flirting at the bars is the best option. However, it's not uncommon to find some sweethearts who found love amidst the studying and reading.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Because most MIT students spend the majority of their time with their noses buried in books, the library is a great place to find someone and strike up a conversation. Most students are friendly and would be happy to take a break and talk with you; they might just need a little encouragement. Classes and extracurricular clubs are also prime spots for finding potential dates or hookups.
Dress Code
The truth is, after the first round of midterms, nobody at MIT has the time or energy to make themselves look great every day. So, don't worry too much about what you should or shouldn't be wearing. Besides, MIT has so many different kinds of people that, no matter what you wear, you won't look weird. People wear as little or as much as they like.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 20% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% Casual dating at your school
  • 14% None
  • 12% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 8% Long-distance relationship
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 46% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 50% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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