Santa Clara is known for having an especially attractive student body, though some students complain that this creates a preoccupation with physical appearance on campus. The attractiveness of the student body tends to put pressure on both guys and girls to put a fair amount of effort into their appearances, though the extent to which students respond to this pressure typically depends on the social group they associate with.
In addition to being physically attractive, both guys and girls tend to also be athletic, smart, and motivated. While this profile seems to indicate an ideal dating pool, few students choose to formally date. Small class sizes, coed dorms, and a fairly even guy-to-girl ratio (47 to 53 percent) make for a lot of casual interaction between guys and girls. But while this setup makes it easy to get to know members of the opposite sex, it encourages a more casual "dating" culture, where more students choose to engage in random hookups than date exclusively.