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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people on campus are very friendly and easy to talk to.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Theres a huge variety. Its all about searching to find your niche. Many students into partying because theres not much to do. But if youre not a partyer, theres tons of people who don't. And lots of commuters.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is so friendly and inviting. I recently transferred and was able to find awesome people to become friends with immediately.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: everyone is literally so nice and friendly, everyone speaks to one another and it is very easy to make friends.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is definitely a "type" of person who attends Slippery Rock, but everyone there believes that they are the exception. I don't feel like anyone takes school seriously until it gets down to the wire (finals week or senior year). There are a lot of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science majors around campus, so there are a lot of athletic people. I feel like everyone I've ever met has been relatively friendly and fun. Sometimes cliquey.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Party Guys
  • 68th
    Party Girls
  • 203rd
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 212nd
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 292nd
    Friendliest Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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Slippery Rock guys and girls are, for the most part, a diverse bunch of crazy kids. The girls here are not afraid to show some skin during the warmer months, but during the winter months, you’ll find most students—guys and girls—warm and cozy in sweats and hoodies. Most guys seem to have a laid-back sense of style, primarily wearing T-shirts, jeans, and sneakers. The overall student attire at SRU is relatively preppy. There is the occasional computer geek, punk rocker, or art guru, but, primarily, you’ll see students wearing American Eagle, Hollister, or other preppy brands.

Casual relationships and hookups are not a rare occurrence, upholding the party school stigma in a very sexually charged atmosphere. Many students are not strangers to being “sexiled” from dorm rooms, while their roomies do dirty deeds with mere acquaintances. However, there are some students with morals and monogamy, and many students have rings on their fingers before graduation day. Overall, campus is a mixed bag of attractiveness and morals. There is always someone for everyone, even if it’s just for one night.


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Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
A large variety of condoms can be purchased at the Protection Connection, including Durex, Lifestyles, and Trustex brands. Most condoms are 4 for a $1. In addition, specialty condoms, such as glow-in-the-dark brands, are available. The Protection Connection also offers lubricant and female condoms available for purchase.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The ARC
  2. The Union
  3. Bars and parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Off-campus parties
  2. Frats and sororities
  3. The dorms
  4. Parking lots
  5. Dorm bathrooms
Social Scene
SRU students run the gamut in terms of looks, personality, and overall attitude. Everyone here, at one point or another, is looking to have a good time. And for the first couple weeks of the semester-and the last couple, as well-SRU often seems like the prototypical party school. The warm weather, along with the carefree attitudes of new and returning students alike, make for some crazy off-campus outdoor parties and cookouts. However, the monotony of social events and venues on and around campus, the often-frigid weather, along with a number of rogue Slippery Rock Police officers make sustaining the festive atmosphere-of what was once the premier party school in Western PA-impossible. With that said, SRU has its share of cliques, and even those who were the most social students in high school can feel shut out here, initially. Going Greek, however (see the Greek section), will greatly increase and expedite your chances of making friends sooner, rather than later-whether or not they're the right friends is another matter.
Hookups or Relationships?
Many college students are usually too immature or promiscuous to have steady relationships while at school. But, as students become juniors and seniors, the number of students in steady relationships increases. College is supposed to be the best time of a person's life. With that said, many students choose to stay single for their first couple years.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Students of both sexes will not have to look hard to find hotties on or off campus-although, most agree that accurately identifying hotties is much easier during the warmer months, due to the scarcity of clothing on many young individuals. On campus, students can find love at first sight in a number of places-anywhere from the ARC to the library. SRU can be a very social college, and meeting people will not take much of an effort. The real challenge is trying to find that special someone and keep them all to yourself.
Dress Code
During the day, students dress casual-jeans, T-shirts, or sweats. SRU attire as well as Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins paraphernalia are also popular. Most students choose to dress comfortably. You won't see many girls wearing high heels or guys wearing dress shirts unless they are required for a class speaker or assignment. There are a few students who put a lot of effort into their appearance, but most opt for comfort. Some even take it so far as to wear pajamas to class!

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 56 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 55 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 59 responses

  • 23% None
  • 20% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 15% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 7% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 22% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 64% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 10% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Very friendly
  • 14% Fun
  • 14% Very Polite
  • 14% Students on average are motivated and positive.


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