According to the rumors, the headshots Brown requires with every application are meant to ensure Brown’s reputation for having the most attractive Ivy League students. Whether or not you believe this rumor is entirely a matter of taste (and whether you consider “attractive Ivy League student” an oxymoron). In general, students tend to agree that the admissions office does a fabulous job choosing interesting and enjoyable classmates, but they are a little more critical when it comes to sharing anything more than intellectual curiosity with their peers. However, the truth of the matter is that the Brown student body is no more or less attractive than any other population of 20-year-old students; observers are just as likely to rave about the spectacular beauties lounging on the Main Green as they are to complain about the pale, four-eyed creatures that wander out of the library late at night.
The only real consensus is on the state of the dating scene: There isn’t one. Students chose between serial relationships, random hookups, or celibacy. While this is a common complaint on Friday nights, the system is probably perpetuated because it suits the busy Brown lifestyle.