Campus lore has it that when Margaret Mead went to DePauw, and transferred after a year, she said that DePauw was a place for Betas to marry Alphas and nothing more. While this is giving little credit to DePauw's excellent academics and programs, it does shine a little light on the social scene. DePauw is home to some gorgeous people. Due to the amount of attractive people and nature of a college campus, the random hookup is definitely not hard to find. Rarely will these end in marriage or even a steady boyfriend, but the "good time" factor is high. With such a large Greek system, this is typical.
Outside the party scene, guys and girls dress to impress and are definitely conscious of appearance. Even if you're in class at noon on Friday, you will see people dressed to the nines! Most everyone who goes here was a "somebody" in their high school, which provides for an extremely competitive scene. Neither guys nor girls complain much about the appearance of the opposite sex, but the abundance of girls to guys is definitely a hand up for DePauw men.