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Guys & Girls: We are a liberal arts college focused on academics. It's kind of self-selecting.

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Guys & Girls: People divide into groups that usually are sporty.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Not Much Selection – There are good looking people at Swarthmore, but they are not very common. The school is small so there isn't a large selection. Also, if you hook up frequently, everyone will know and you will likely acquire a negative reputation.

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Sudarshan Gopaladesikan
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Math and Engineering
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Swarthmore students are not the most attractive students in the country, but there are a number of gems in the pile of stones. Although Swarthmore does not have as attractive of a student population as, say, Arizona State does, there is somebody for everyone on campus if you are looking for a relationship or just a one-night stand. Even if you are used to dating hot models, maybe it is time to put on "Swat Goggles" and try to find beauty in people for things other than their looks. It’s not that Swatties are downright ugly, but their general apathy toward outward appearance sometimes makes them seem that way. However, there are some who claim that Swarthmore, otherwise known as the “Quaker Matchbox,” can be the perfect place to meet your better half.

Contrary to public stereotypes, students are not sex-starved on campus. If hooking up is your thing, Swarthmore could be just the place for you. Most of the student body is unattached, and most students have liberal attitudes toward casual sex and hooking up. Just be warned: Despite Swarthmore’s free-love attitude, once you have hooked up, most of the campus will know by 11 a.m. the next morning.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Birth control pills are available by prescription, and emergency contraception is available by walk-in or appointment at the health center. Condoms are also available in the health center.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. On campus
  2. Paces parties
  3. Frat parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dance floor during Sager
  2. The Outdoor Amphitheatre
  3. LPAC
  4. Paces dance floor
  5. Dorm room
Social Scene
Considering its small size and the timid personalities of many of its students, Swarthmore has a surprisingly active social scene. The Student Activities Committee (SAC) sponsors most open-campus parties, and under the condition that the hosts of the party advertise the party widely and allow any student to enter, the group will give hosts a generous stipend for party expenses, sometimes exceeding $500 for the larger parties. SAC's contribution makes most campus parties (and alcohol) free to any student and a guest. The bars and clubs in Philly always remain an option for students, but most Swatties conveniently choose to stay on campus for partying. There are still a large number of students who stay in at night, and movies, lectures, and performances can provide a good alternative to the party scene. Students are never ostracized for staying in or not partying, but if you want to get your party on, there are a good number of opportunities to "get down" at Swat on the average weekend.
Hookups or Relationships?
There are very few long-term relationships on campus, and romance is generally nonexistent. Most of the attached students here have boyfriends or girlfriends outside of Swarthmore. Hookups occur pretty frequently, but because of the school's small size, everyone knows everybody else (or at least knows of them), and therefore, word spreads quickly on Sunday mornings about who did what with whom the night before.
Dress Code
The dress style here can range from pajamas to ripped jeans and an (insert liberal cause here) T-shirt. Anything goes at Swat-really. This is great for expressive spirits but bad for the overall attractiveness of the student body.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 15 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 14 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 15 responses

  • 29% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 14% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 11% None
  • 7% Long-distance relationship
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 63% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 16% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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