Ah, the opposite sex. Isn’t that the reason why you came to college? Probably not, but if it is, you most likely wouldn’t end up at Northwestern. But while you’re there you may as well jump into the dating scene, right? Not so fast: Northwestern is notorious for having a strong “hookup culture"—coupled with the near consensus that the girls are more attractive than the guys, this creates a screwed-up dating scene. Most of the campus “relationships” consist of drunken hookups or casual dating. But that is not to say that committed relationships don’t exist; you just might be harder pressed to find that perfect partner during your first few months at Northwestern.
Some students talk about the “Northwestern Curve” when talking about the cuteness of guys on campus. Whatever students will rate a guy (from one to 10) in the outside world, add three points and that is what he would rank on campus. But save all judgments during the winter. It is hard to tell anything about a person when he or she is covered in a parka, three hoodies, a knit hat, and a scarf. Wait for the spring, and you will see people you never knew existed. Personalities come out much more during the spring. Not to mention the Lakefill and North and South beaches (some of the best hookup places on campus) become beautiful and accessible. When looking for a mate, patience is a virtue, and this is especially true for Northwestern. Mostly, everyone is here for similar reasons, so you are bound to meet someone you have something in common with.