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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Harvard gets a bad rap for being "stuck up" or "snooty," but when I hear that, I want to question who that person has chosen to hang out with. Yes, there can be a WASPy vibe at the finals clubs, but if that is not your scene, there are countless other options. The girls can be preppy, and there is an over abundance of vineyard vine items, but it is more a factor of being in New England, rather than Boston.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Harvard guys are a bit of a conundrum. Relationships aren't really a thing here.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Harvard is interesting - not the ugly-nerd stereotype many expect. We have world-class athletes and rich legacy kids, which definitely contribute to overall attractiveness, but also i've found that smart people are much better-looking than i expected. Overall, the students are attractive AND smart, interesting, and put-together.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: We are all pretty smart, and fairly good looking. A lot of people like to let everyone know they are smart and can come off as a bit snobbish. But there are also some people out there who don't do that.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We have sororities, fraternities, final clubs, and many other clubs that create a diverse social atmosphere on campus. There is also a lot of diversity in fashion, from boho to preppy to edgy.

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Don't let crazy college parties in movies give you any ideas about college and what girls and guys will look like at Harvard. If physical attractiveness is important, then you might want to steer clear of Harvard. Though most students believe that the student body is of average attractiveness, very few report a significant number of hot guys or girls on campus. Additionally, girls tend to accept the male population as average or better, while guys have a less positive outlook toward the female population.

The lack of looks at Harvard shouldn't get you down just yet, though, because Boston is home to a myriad of other universities to find potential partners. But for those who believe looks are not everything, then Harvard students' individuality should provide plenty of options.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
University Health Services provides free condoms, and physicians will provide prescriptions for various methods of birth control.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Downtown Boston
  2. House parties
  3. Red Line
Best Places to Hook Up
Dorm rooms
Hookups or Relationships?
Random hookups do happen on the weekends (and weekdays see their share, as well). However, most people are extremely busy and often are so focused on their work that relationships either die out or become serious within a short period of time. This isn't to say you'll never see lasting relationships: Annoyingly cute couples walk the yard surprisingly often. And Harvard Magazine—the alumni publication—is always filled with news of Harvard newlyweds.
Dress Code
On the weekends, most people dress up to go out, but during weekday study breaks or hangout sessions, most anything goes (throughout the winter, however, dress code really doesn't matter because everyone is so bundled up to keep warm). In general, Harvard tends to be a bit more formal than average. On the weekend, guys generally sport khakis with a button-down or knit shirt, and a sweater or leather jacket. Girls' dress combinations vary greatly and will often depend on the weather to determine if a skirt or pants is appropriate.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 29 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 31 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 31 responses

  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 12% None
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 13 responses

  • 22% House parties
  • 20% House
  • 20% Dorm parties
  • 20% Final clubs
  • 7% Extracurriculars
  • 7% Downtown Boston
  • 5% Red Line

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 33% social?
  • 22% Be interactive
  • 19% Get out of your comfort zone
  • 19% Make an effort to keep the relationship alive
  • 7% Shared interest extracurriculars

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 53% Smart
  • 20% Passionately committed
  • 20% Brilliant
  • 7% Average

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 75% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 12% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 12% 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 32 responses

  • 50% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 38% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 12% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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