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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I mean, everyone is their own person and you're almost guaranteed to find someone interesting on campus, whether for friendship or relationship. We all have our own quirks and eccentricities but I think that's what makes us interesting.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls here (like all students) are smart, involved, and interesting.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of the frat guys think they are all that and so if you aren't, in their eyes, drop dead gorgeous they wont give you any type of attention, even if you are a cool person and the "gorgeous" girl is awful. I think it gets better as you get older though.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of extremely good-looking people here, which actually surprised me.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: As with any school, there are attractive people and not so attractive people, people who like to party and people who have never gone out a day in their lives. However, what I will say is that due to the amount of work that MIT brings, it is often hard to find stable relationships. There's just not enough time.

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In terms of pure physical attractiveness, MIT isn’t at the top of any list. And although the men outnumber the women a bit, even though this is closer each year, the ratio between eligible men and women tends to be fairly even. Why is this? Because a good percentage of MIT men are more interested in computers, Star Wars, and classes. Don’t worry, though, there are definitely standouts in both genders. For the most part, many students opt to try to meet people from other schools. Lots of guys will date girls from Boston University or Wellesley College. In fact, a lot of MIT girls have a tendency to be bitter toward the Wellesley girls who always show up at parties.

There is a fairly even number of relationships and hookups at MIT. What’s more common? Well, it really depends who you are. Relationships range from totally random hookups to engagements by senior year. One of the biggest barriers to having a relationship at MIT is finding the time to have one. Many students compare the time commitment of a relationship to taking a lab class, so because of this, some people opt for hookups. At the same time, since MIT can be such a difficult place, many people find the need for a strong support system, and some people find this support in serious relationships.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
There are free condoms at the Health Center.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Frat Parties
  2. Activities
  3. Wellesley College
Social Scene
The social scene revolves around frat parties.
Hookups or Relationships?
Both occur at MIT. It just depends on what you're looking for. Since many students are busy with heavy work loads and research projects, there doesn't seem to be much time for committed relationships. Weekend hookups and flirting at the bars is the best option. However, it's not uncommon to find some sweethearts who found love amidst the studying and reading.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Because most MIT students spend the majority of their time with their noses buried in books, the library is a great place to find someone and strike up a conversation. Most students are friendly and would be happy to take a break and talk with you; they might just need a little encouragement. Classes and extracurricular clubs are also prime spots for finding potential dates or hookups.
Dress Code
The truth is, after the first round of midterms, nobody at MIT has the time or energy to make themselves look great every day. So, don't worry too much about what you should or shouldn't be wearing. Besides, MIT has so many different kinds of people that, no matter what you wear, you won't look weird. People wear as little or as much as they like.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 25 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 24 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 32 responses

  • 20% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% None
  • 12% Casual dating at your school
  • 12% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 9% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 9% Long-distance relationship
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 8 responses

  • 41% Frat Parties
  • 41% Activities
  • 12% East Campus parties
  • 6% Wellesley College

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 67% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 33% 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 32 responses

  • 53% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 44% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 3% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% Innovative
  • 22% Atypical
  • 22% Creative

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 100% Be yourself
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