The level of attractiveness at Stanford is definitely up for debate. Many students feel that the Stanford population is reasonably good looking. However, a lot of students, particularly the male ones, will express the controversial opinion that at Stanford the guys are hot, and the girls are not. Engineering majors of both sexes have a particularly bad reputation for being awkward and unattractive. Dating at Stanford can be tricky, because many students feel the need to put so much time into their studies. If you come to Stanford as a slightly awkward overachiever and you don’t make the effort to meet girls or guys, you definitely won’t.
There is a lot of "going steady" and less casual dating, but there is also a hookup culture, about equal to the amount of steady relationships. People who are more into casual dating tend to join fraternities and sororities. Given the good weather and athletic culture of the school, there’s definitely a general concern for physical fitness. This often translates to some hard bodies, but the faces can’t quite stack up. After all, most students were nerds in high school, and not surprisingly, that ineptness carries over into higher education.