Both the dating scene and male-female relations at Notre Dame are seriously different from many other schools you may look at-especially large, public schools, or schools in more urban settings. With single-sex dorms and parietals firmly in place, guys and girls are kept apart from the beginning and largely tend to stay that way. With the exception of group projects, nights out, or the rare couple that is actually dating, members of the opposite sex don't interact often. Typically, anyone who walks through the student center can see groups of guys and girls in distinctly different places-kind of like those dances you used to go to in middle school.
Although female students rated the guys at Notre Dame quite highly, men did not have quite the same praise for the girls. The stereotypical Notre Dame guy is both intelligent and hot, while girls apparently run the gamut from uptight to simply unattractive. However, it's likely you'll find plenty of exceptions to both of these standards. While the Notre Dame social scene is quite skewed, it hasn't been pronounced dead on arrival-you will see the occasional serious couple walking arm-in-arm, and hookups are not really uncommon.