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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Princeton doesn't have much of a dating culture, especially early on in college careers. That's not to say that there aren't relationships, because there are but they are less common than just hookups (whatever you perceive that to be). The guys and girls here are okay. There's a rather negative perception that all Princeton students are "preppy" but that's really not the case. People are pretty approachable here and although you may find that some people are a bit into themselves, there are plenty of people who are willing to talk or socialize (either platonically or romantically).

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many people here are preppy, as the average income here is quite high. But that doesn't mean they aren't friendly! As far as attractiveness goes, it kind of varies. There are some gorgeous guys, but a large majority of the population is less than desirable. BUT! It's Princeton, so you know everyone is smart and probably going to make a lot of money in the future.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity on campus, and I've enjoyed getting to know people from very different backgrounds from me and with very different interests from mine.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are many different types of people at Princeton, and I am sure that if you are looking for a significant other, you will find him/her.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: They all dress pretty rich.... It is an ivy league...

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With the pressures of getting into a top-tier school like Princeton, many of the matriculating students missed some of the more active social lives that their high school classmates had the opportunity to experience. Socializing freshman year is awkward at best. Freshman girls are pursued by the more experienced upperclassmen while freshman boys wait for their turns to come. After a freshman year of casual dating or hooking up, Princeton women become less desirable as they age, until, by senior year they see their male classmates attempt to chase the younger women on campus.

It is difficult to place a single stereotype on the Princeton man or Princeton women, as many of us would like to think that we are like alumni Dean Cain (’88) and Brooke Shields (’87), but the diversity of student character and experience makes it difficult to pigeonhole everyone. There are few amazingly attractive men or women on campus, but everyone knows about them, if not only because of the Nassau Weekly’s annual top ten list. Princeton students generally try to take care of themselves, so while there is no danger of running into the next hottest supermodel, it is easy to surround yourself with attractive, witty, well-educated people.

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Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Sexuality Education Counseling and Health (S.E.C.H.) Office, McCosh Health Center. Female students who have had an annual exam with their home doctor or have an exam with the S.E.C.H. Office can have their birth control prescriptions filled at health services for a discounted fee. S.E.C.H. offers all forms of birth control: pills, patches, diaphragms, contraceptive gel, and Depo-Provera injections. S.E.C.H. also sells discounted condoms.
Social Scene
Like any university, Princeton students range from studious ones who rarely go out to those who can hardly be called students. For some students, Princeton provides a "work hard, party hard" environment, which is initially surprising because of the rigor of Princeton's academic program. Contrary to popular belief, not all Princeton students are nerds or trust- fund kids, so most find their niche quickly. Unfortunately, the Greek scene, strong athletic teams, and eating clubs slightly fragment the student body, but they also help some students gain some sort of identity of campus.
Hookups or Relationships?
The Princeton hookup scene is relatively isolated to underclass girls and upperclass men. By junior and senior year, Princeton women generally date or get involved in serious relationships, while Princeton men play the field more. Because male Princeton freshmen are at the absolute bottom of any dating hierarchy, they tend to remain in relationships from high school rather than face rejection from the women on campus.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
The best place to meet other students initially is in residential colleges, whether it is in the dining hall or in one's RA group, which helps give freshmen social options on campus. Fraternity and sorority rush starts several weeks after the freshmen arrive on campus, and the Greek scene draws a small fraction of students into Greek life. For everyone else, social interaction can occur on a regular basis anywhere from "the Street" to campus religious gatherings. Princeton students are notorious for getting spring fever, or simply frolicking whenever the weather is warm. Mysteriously, the rate of random hookups seems to increase during warm weather periods, such as Freshman Week and in the spring (this may also be a correlation between relatively slow work periods).
Dress Code
Generally, Princeton students represent a happy medium between preppy and fashionable. It is rare to see a student show up to class in sweatpants or anything resembling pajamas. Few students have what could be called an urban look. Guys usually wear polo shirts and khakis, and girls wear comfortable, stylish clothes. Recent uniforms have included Lilly Pulitzer attire, Longchamp bags, and Seven and Paper Denim & Cloth jeans.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 16 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 15 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 18 responses

  • 32% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 32% None
  • 20% Casual dating at your school
  • 4% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Long-distance relationship
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% The Club scene
  • 12% The eating clubs. In class.
  • 12% The Street
  • 12% Extracurriculars
  • 12% Residential Colleges

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 67% Being involved in student organizations
  • 17% Zee groups
  • 8% In class
  • 8% Randomly sitting beside a person in dining hall

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

  • 22% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 78% 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 19 responses

  • 37% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 58% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 5% 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 10 responses

  • 80% Ambitious
  • 20% Genius


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