TCNJ's dating scene is varied. While it is not a large school like Rutgers University and does not have a wider breadth of demographics, TCNJ does have a dating scene common to many liberal arts colleges and small private schools. Much of the students here are sexually reserved; this is probably correlated with the type of students TCNJ attracts. TCNJ attracts students who have achieved much in terms of academic and extracurricular activities in high school, and thus, many students come from families that are conservative and focused on their children's academic success. Many students come to TCNJ and experience their first-time hookups, sexual intimacy, and dating a member of the opposite sex. Yet, many students do not branch out until much later.
While the partying, clubbing, and Greek life scenes are rife with hookups and noncommittal sexual intimacy, there are also some dating relationships that form among students. Due to students living within proximity of each other for four or more years, it is less common to have a real-world "date," and is sometimes inappropriate to do so. Instead, students often spend time with one another at parties or in each other's rooms. Relationships often begin this way: Students begin at a superficial level, hook up, and then build emotional intimacy around it. Furthermore, the enmeshed environment where students know each other's personal lives invites many obstacles to the development of emotional intimacy, such as jealousy and rumors. Despite all of this, a decent number of students ends up in relationships during their stay at TCNJ.