Most students agree that the dating scene is pretty informal. Dating is far less common than the ever-popular random hookup, and those who do date are quite often involved in long-term relationships. Most Hoyas are not at a loss when asked to explain this dynamic of frenetic coupling and re-coupling: Quite simply, they point out, Georgetown is full of sexy people. It’s a smörgåsbord of beauty. A very high selection of students would not be out of place in fashion catalogs—and this has only partly to do with their clothing. There is, in fact, a marked and famed difference between the attractiveness of Georgetown students and those of other universities in the area. For what it’s worth, the admissions committee does request that applicants include photographs of themselves when they send in their application.
Word on the street has it that the girls have a reputation for being haughty and hard-to-get, but the word on the street has a funny way of forgetting that this might be because most of the guys have a reputation for thinking about sex, alcohol, sleep, and career opportunities—in that order. The truth is that, in terms of the dating scene, you’re going to get a mix much like the one you’d get anywhere else. It’s hard to put a single label on 6,000 people—that is, when it comes to romantic aspirations. When it comes to physical attractiveness, there’s no problem at all—people at Georgetown are hot.