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1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Pretentious. Not accepting of differences

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Outgoing, social, but everyone is secretly a nerd. Very athletic culture - even the non-athletes find being fit very important. Obviously a lot of geeky people, but for a school this academic, a surprising amount of "normal" people. Definitely a California laid-back culture, east-coasters are often surprised initially. Dating doesn't really happen, mostly just casual hook-ups early on and serious relationships by junior and senior year.

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  • 2nd
    Smartest Girls
  • 5th
    Smartest Guys
  • 14th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 44th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 68th
    Hottest Guys

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Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
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The level of attractiveness at Stanford is definitely up for debate. Many students feel that the Stanford population is reasonably good looking. However, a lot of students, particularly the male ones, will express the controversial opinion that at Stanford the guys are hot, and the girls are not. Engineering majors of both sexes have a particularly bad reputation for being awkward and unattractive. Dating at Stanford can be tricky, because many students feel the need to put so much time into their studies. If you come to Stanford as a slightly awkward overachiever and you don’t make the effort to meet girls or guys, you definitely won’t.

There is a lot of "going steady" and less casual dating, but there is also a hookup culture, about equal to the amount of steady relationships. People who are more into casual dating tend to join fraternities and sororities. Given the good weather and athletic culture of the school, there’s definitely a general concern for physical fitness. This often translates to some hard bodies, but the faces can’t quite stack up. After all, most students were nerds in high school, and not surprisingly, that ineptness carries over into higher education.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Birth control pills are subsidized by Vaden, the student health center. The SHPRC (Sexual Health Peer Resource Center) sells a wide array of contraceptives and offers students the chance to speak with a peer counselor to discuss options.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Parties
  2. Extracurricular activities
  3. Sports/intramurals
  4. Classes
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Parties on the Row
  2. Frat and sorority parties
  3. Building roofs
Social Scene
The social scene has as much variety as the range of people on campus. Academic students who spend a lot of time studying don't make much of an effort to date. Many students bemoan the lack of dating at Stanford and simultaneously spend the majority of their time in the library studying. The social students often join fraternities or sororities because they want a steady supply of parties and other gatherings. But even outside of Greek life, the Stanford residential system is quite conducive to meeting people because there are always group activities that get people out of their rooms. What people choose to make of these opportunities is really just a matter of personal priority.
Hookups or Relationships?
Stanford tends to have a good deal of hookups, but probably no more than at other colleges or universities. Hookups are more common than casual dating, for the most part, because of students' busy schedules and workloads. Most people at Stanford either hook up or, as students call it, "get married." Hooking up implies having some physical attraction and action with a person for a short period of time-nothing serious. "Getting married" implies that two people are in a very serious relationship and can't do anything without the other person. Unfortunately, these relationships sometimes end in seclusion because both people begin to ignore their other platonic friendships and lean on their significant other for everything.
Dress Code
The dress standard is very casual. For most of the year, students wear flip-flops and T-shirts. Students wake up and go right to class, wearing whatever. If you hang out with the co-op crowd, people might not even bother to wear shoes at all. However, Stanford students can look nice from time to time. If there's an official dance or formal social event, students will wear nice clothes for a refreshing change.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 40 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 40 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 51 responses

  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 17% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 15% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 11% None
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 6% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 5 responses

  • 25% Extracurricular activities
  • 25% Classes
  • 19% Freshman Dorm
  • 19% Friends
  • 12% Parties
  • 0% Sports/intramurals

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 48% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 46% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Brilliant and humble
  • 17% Laid back
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