LGBQT friendly, liberal, and eccentric—the guys and girls at New College don’t reflect the mainstream. The decision to attend New College is not typically one that is completely rooted in social factors. People come for the academics. There are many introverts. There can be no denying that the school attracts a certain type of person. Many contend that this is changing, but others have their doubts. It’s true that heterosexual males have the upper hand in the dating scene, based on sheer numbers alone. Many students shed some of their inhibitions and insecurities they had growing up, and their self-confidence can sometimes be a bit intimidating. NCF is a place where physical attractiveness does not function as currency in the same way it does on many other campuses—personality and interest are key in attracting potential mates. While hookups and relationships exist, no generalizations can be made as to which of the two are more prevalent.
New College is a place where close relationships can form quickly and intensely. People who have dated for a week feel like it has been a month. The environment is conducive to relationships because of the coed dorms, and the fact that it is so easy to get to know everybody. A certain solidarity exists within the student body. It is hard to have superficial, transient hookups in a place where everybody knows everybody. The chance of seeing that person sometime in the very near future is dangerously high. A fling can become too awkward in a setting like this, and many opt out.