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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is a huge variety in the type of people at Gustavus in terms of personality, looks, and dress. Honestly the majority of the females here are skinny blonde girls in Northface and Uggs. However, there are lots of other more individual looking girls as well. There are a lot of different types of guys to hang with on campus too, whether you want to hang out with bros and jocks or just play some League of Legends or Magic the Gathering with the more nerdy people.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Gusties are usually friendly, social and approachable, but sometimes it seems hard to connect with people beyond the superficial level. Most are also athletic and care a lot about their looks. Being such a small college there is not a ton of diversity, but overall there is a wide acceptance for minority groups.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most everyone here is kind, welcoming and will remember you as say hi later on

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: From my observation, most students are heterosexual although there are definitely LGBT students as well. Gustavus is very accepting and tries to make them feel comfortable in expressing who they are. Most students are quite social and very involved.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students are either party animals or super nerds/hippies/hipsters.. there are very few in between.

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Gustavus' athletic reputation adds to the number of trim and athletic students, and helps create a pool of physically appealing men and women. Just eating lunch in the caf will show the density of good-looking people. However, the athletic bodies come with athletic social strata, and they tend to only date within the ranks. If you're looking for the "regular" type, Gustavus is filled with mostly white Minnesotan kids who are friendly enough to start a relationship with anyone they think interesting (both socially and physically). Or some don't want a relationship and are simply looking to get laid on a Saturday night. Either way, it's not unusual at Gustavus (or at any college) to encounter these two relationship approaches. What is more unique, rather, is seeing the person you were grinding with last night in the library the next morning or sitting next to him or her in class on Monday. Gustavus' size makes consequences of the quick hookup a little more awkward by increasing the chances of you bumping into that special person. 

The social scene ranges from buxom beauties to shy hipsters, with the majority being playful and appealing. In your dorm, you'll have a few jaw-droppers, some freshly powdered blonds, and a couple "mehs." Whatever you're looking for, you can count on it being at Gustavus, where the school's relaxed and liberal atmosphere allows for both playful and serious relationships.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
56%
Male Undergrads
44%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Not only can students obtain free condoms from peer assistants and collegiate fellows, but Health Services also offers three-month starter packs of birth control pills for free before writing prescriptions. Morning-after pills are also offered at reduced prices.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Dive
  2. House parties
  3. Patrick's on Third
  4. The caf
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. House parties
  2. Back rooms in the library
  3. Linnaeus Arboretum
Social Scene
While many students may still be intimidated by an apparent "popularity" status that many students seem to hold, there is very little hierarchy with the social scene at Gustavus. While some groups remain exclusive, rarely are parties ever closed to the general public, with the exception of some parties that occur during the Greek pledging period. The weekend social scene is the perfect opportunity to meet students that you wouldn't necessarily know otherwise: If you really want to go to that kegger/house party/wine tasting/on-campus-sober-fun event, show up, pay your cover charge if necessary, and have a good time!
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups seem to be more prevalent on campus-though it seems that girls are more in the market for a relationship, while the guys seem to be more inclined to date around. However, come your senior year, you will begin to wonder how you know so many people that are engaged.
Dress Code
Being a small residential college, it's the norm for students to show up to class in sweatpants. Some students take pride in their clothing, while most just want to be comfortable. Freshman girls usually adopt the sweatpants-in-UGG-boots-and-hair-in-ponytail look, while guys pick up the trend of a sweatshirt and jeans. As the weather turns cooler, everyone's North Face comes out and H&M sweaters pervade.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 28 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 28 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 26 responses

  • 23% Long-distance relationship
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 11% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 7% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 5% None
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 7 responses

  • 22% In the Dorms
  • 17% House parties
  • 17% The caf
  • 17% Through Friends
  • 13% The Dive
  • 9% Patrick's on Third
  • 4% Ping pong

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 14% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 86% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 38% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 54% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 4% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Full of ideas and motivated.
  • 38% Invested students with varied interests
  • 12% Party People

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 47% Join organizations and become involved!
  • 33% Fully participate in Freshman Orientation
  • 20% Leave your door open

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