Guys & Girls

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone looks so young and they try hard to make an impression. They need to be more comfortable with themselves now.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of different people come to this school. You are likely to find someone you are into.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Dating appears to be very easy and people click well here, but this has not been a priority of mine.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everybody is super friendly… "Minnesota Nice"

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very attractive guys, depending on what circle your in. There's a little bit for everyone here. I think many of the girls are pretty as well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 236th
    Hottest Guys
  • 267th
    Hottest Girls
  • 316th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 317th
    Party Guys
  • 326th
    Most Athletic Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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With the size of U of M's student body, it is easy to get lost in a sea of swimming bodies. One can be unique, and yet fit in with the crowd. The U of M houses the whole spectrum of stereotypical jocks, nerds, geeks, goths, emos, and those who either fit in more than one category and those who make their own trends. You can wear Lady Gaga outfits and still feel welcomed by the students. An average student walks around with backpacks, headphones in their ears, hurrying to class. Although students are all different from one another because of their experiences, beliefs, and backgrounds, there is something about standing outside in the minus 20 F weather, waiting for the bus together, that builds relationships. Or soaking up the sun in the mall area. All in all, it is fairly common for a student to ask to join an intramural sports team or a game of Frisbee with total strangers. Everyone is genuinely helpful ("Minnesota nice" at its finest) and willing to meet new people. 

The guy-to-girl ratio is pretty balanced, as well. Guys make up a little less than 50 percent of the population, but it doesn't necessarily tip the scale too much. There are neighboring schools to even it out, too. U of M offers anything from casual hookups to dating to serious relationships to soul mates. Want a sloppy girl to hook up with? No problem. A gentleman who will gently kiss you goodnight on the doorstep after a great date? Sure thing. Looking for someone to do yoga with? Watch movies? Discuss the Bible? Absolutely! And, of course, everyone likes "cuddle buddies." A student is bound to make connections with people—good or bad. There will be people who enjoy the same things and have a similar outlook on life, and then there will be the opposites, defying every belief one might have. But these interactions are what build one's character. There is so much to be learned from others, and U of M offers the perfect environment to develop connections and explore relationships.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
51%
Male Undergrads
49%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
The Boynton Health Clinic offers free condoms that one can go and pick up whenever they want. The CA/RA or floor coordinators in dorms also have condoms that they often put in a box outside their doors for use by the residents. Offering Plan B to students is still being considered by the University of Minnesota. Also, there are many STD testing and pregnancy control clinics in the metro area.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Library, a bar in Dinkytown
  2. Sally's, saloon and bar across from the Radisson Hotel
  3. Coffman Memorial Union
  4. The frat row
  5. Kitty Cat Klub, bar and live music in Dinkytown
  6. Dormmates/floormates
  7. Classmates or lab groups
  8. Join a campus group
  9. Dining hall
  10. Dorm events, almost weekly/biweekly events
  11. Superblock
  12. Welcome Week events
  13. Mesa Pizza in Dinkytown
  14. "Gophers After Dark" events
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Buffalo Wild Wings, East Bank
  2. Dinkytown McDonald's, past midnight on weekends
  3. Dorms
  4. Downtown Minneapolis clubs/bars
  5. First Avenue, downtown
  6. Frat row/frat parties
  7. Gay 90's, a gay bar in the downtown area
  8. House parties around campus
  9. The Library bar
  10. Sally's Saloon and Bar
  11. Uptown bars
Social Scene
Sometimes, it can be difficult to make strong relationships with people, due to the big size of the University. However, if one is willing, which most people are, it is easy to find people of similar interests. All they have to do is be social and try new adventures. For example, go to a Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) event and meet people with different histories. Or get involved in any of the hundreds of campus groups or make a new one. Most freshmen live in dorms, where it is easiest to make friends because everyone is in the same boat and looking to make new friends. And remember, there are many people alike who are still fledgling in finding their niche on campus. Don't be afraid to approach people. Students tend to be helpful and friendly toward one another. If a student does, however, have a beef with someone, it is quite easy to ignore that person in the sea of maroon and gold, and carry on with their exploration.
Hookups or Relationships?
There is a combination of hookups and relationships at the University of Minnesota. While it is a common perception that college kids are into physicality of relations and enjoy hooking up, it is not always the case. Because there is such a wide diversity of student mentalities, many students easily find compatible, long-term partners. On the other hand, if you are in for experiencing the crazy and wild side of the college lifestyle, there are plenty of fish who will take your bait. "Frat row," where most fraternities are located and where most ostentatious parties happen, is an ideal place to meet like-minded liberal people. As long as you are careful and with good company, you can enjoy a hot fling without compromising your security. Whatever one looks for in a partner, it can be found by making connections and being at the right place at the right time.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
It all depends on the situation that you're seeking. A quick hookup can be found in the midst of any drunken dance floor or bar. Otherwise, relationship sparks may ignite with a lab partner during a chemical reaction, the hottie down the hall, or surprisingly, in the laundry room while waiting for a dryer.
Dress Code
There is no "dress code," per se. The University of Minnesota is a liberal college and very tolerable of students expressing themselves in various ways. Most of the dress code is decided by the weather. During fall, shorts, dresses, jeans, and T-shirts are seen during the daytime, and hoodies often take over by nighttime. In winter, boots, Uggs, sweaters, coats in an array of colors, leggings, mittens, gloves, and hats are in fashion. Spring semester is a mix of both. Although it often snows during spring break, by the end of the school year, summer fashion is in full flair with dresses, shirts, skirts, sunglasses, and flip-flops rocked by the students. But no matter what the season may be, representing school spirit in Gopher gear is always in fashion.
Did You Know?
Some best "first date" ideas around campus include a concert on First Avenue, miniature golf and food at the Mall of America, Twins/Vikings games, Como Park Zoo, drinks at the Library or Sally's, bowling at Goldy's Gameroom, Gopher football/basketball/hockey games, Water Park of America, a coffee date at the Purple Onion Café in Dinkytown, and salsa dancing and dinner at Loring Pasta Bar.

Student Polls

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 18 responses

  • 23% Classmates or lab groups
  • 18% Join a campus group
  • 16% Dormmates/floormates
  • 10% The frat row
  • 10% Dorm events, almost weekly/biweekly events
  • 5% The Library, a bar in Dinkytown
  • 5% Superblock
  • 5% Welcome Week events
  • 2% Kitty Cat Klub, bar and live music in Dinkytown
  • 2% Coffman Memorial Union
  • 2% Dining hall
  • 2% Really anywhere you go
  • 2% House Parties
  • 2% Baldys, a bar in Dinkytown
  • 0% "Gophers After Dark" events
  • 0% Mesa Pizza in Dinkytown

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 127 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 127 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 148 responses

  • 20% Long-distance relationship
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% None
  • 12% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 11% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 3% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 29% Classes
  • 26% Floormates / Dormmates
  • 25% Student Groups
  • 13% Welcome Week
  • 3% Religious Activities
  • 3% Greek Life

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 147 responses

  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 5% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 44% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 50% 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 18 responses

  • 61% Midwesterner
  • 17% A combination of Midwestern and Asian
  • 11% Asian
  • 11% Diversity

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