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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I am a guy and I have to say whether you are a guy or girl you are looking at a significantly less attractive dating pool than state schools. I am personally a fan of the plus 2 scale for girls which bumps a lot of sixes to eights. Besides attractiveness girls are usually pretty cool and theres a click or two of guys that are really fun and cool but i would say whether you are a guy or girl that like 80 percent of the student body is un-datable.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girls get a bad wrap but there are a lot of cute ones

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty typical students here at Northwestern, most students are very involved on campus

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I think we're pretty good. We've got a nice mix, and I don't hear that many complaints

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students are more attractive than you would expect from a high-ranking university, but can be slightly socially awkward and definitely overthink everything.

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Ah, the opposite sex. Isn’t that the reason why you came to college? Probably not, but if it is, you most likely wouldn’t end up at Northwestern. But while you’re there you may as well jump into the dating scene, right? Not so fast: Northwestern is notorious for having a strong “hookup culture"—coupled with the near consensus that the girls are more attractive than the guys, this creates a screwed-up dating scene. Most of the campus “relationships” consist of drunken hookups or casual dating. But that is not to say that committed relationships don’t exist; you just might be harder pressed to find that perfect partner during your first few months at Northwestern.

Some students talk about the “Northwestern Curve” when talking about the cuteness of guys on campus. Whatever students will rate a guy (from one to 10) in the outside world, add three points and that is what he would rank on campus. But save all judgments during the winter. It is hard to tell anything about a person when he or she is covered in a parka, three hoodies, a knit hat, and a scarf. Wait for the spring, and you will see people you never knew existed. Personalities come out much more during the spring. Not to mention the Lakefill and North and South beaches (some of the best hookup places on campus) become beautiful and accessible. When looking for a mate, patience is a virtue, and this is especially true for Northwestern. Mostly, everyone is here for similar reasons, so you are bound to meet someone you have something in common with.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
It is offered at the Health Services Center, Women's Center, and through Sexual Health & Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE).
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Classes
  2. Clubs/activities
  3. Norris University Center
  4. Parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Fraternities
  2. Lakefill
  3. Shakespeare Garden
Social Scene
The social scene at NU is what you make of it. If you want to spend your time in the library, by all means, do. However, students looking for a crazy party scene will probably end up somewhat disappointed-Northwestern is not your average Big Ten school, after all. But you will find enough frat and off-campus parties to whet your appetite, and the bar scene is all right, definitely enhanced by a good pre-game. While NU students definitely aren't as anti-social as some schools believe, the party scene could afford to be more vibrant.
Hookups or Relationships?
Northwestern's social scene definitely lends itself more to drunken, random hookups than long-term commitments, but being located in the middle of the "dining capital of the North Shore" does provide for some nice dates. And don't forget that Chicago is just a 45-minute "El" ride away. As far as the dating scene, it's probably geared more toward hookups than relationships, since NU students are overcommitted as is, but there are plenty of relationships that have been going strong for quite some time.
Dress Code
Style at NU varies a great deal across the board. You'll see students in their pajamas and sweats, as well as people in their Sunday best, preps, hipsters, and everything in between. Most dress pretty laid-back, though, with your usual helping of Gap and Urban Outfitters. All style is pointless come winter, though, as everyone opts for their heaviest North Face winter coats.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 52 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 51 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 53 responses

  • 28% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 13% Long-distance relationship
  • 12% None
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 6% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% Clubs/activities
  • 33% Parties
  • 17% Classes
  • 7% Norris University Center
  • 3% Friends

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 53% Busy
  • 24% Engaged
  • 18% Stressed
  • 6% Pressured

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 63% Getting involved in groups
  • 16% Dorms
  • 11% Be friends with your PA group
  • 11% Greek Life

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 64% 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 54 responses

  • 39% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 54% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 7% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.



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