It may sound like a lot of places, but it certainly doesn’t sound like college: tons of young, beautiful women, surrounded by a small showing of fairly attractive, mostly gay men. But this is art school. Gay or straight, the RISD men are mostly kind, talented, and funny people, who, regardless of their other intentions, will gallantly offer to walk a girl home at night, no strings attached. Both the gay and straight dating scenes are vibrant and energetic, and there are plenty of clubs, bars, and coffeehouses for both depending on what kind of experience is desired. The women at RISD are smart, beautiful, and talented, and often dating at RISD is more inhibited by students’ tight work schedules than by the students themselves.
The most important thing to remember at RISD is that it’s personality that gets you the farthest. While there are some very beautiful women and some hot guys around, it’s really all about the attitude. If you are unique and comfortable with yourself, you will become one of the sexiest students on campus. If personality didn’t get you as far as you wanted, talent and dedication will pick up the rest. If you are looking for casual hookups, you can find them, but you may be better off going to Brown parties or to bars where Johnson & Wales kids hang out because the intensity that comes with being at RISD and surrounding yourself with art usually transfers to intensity in relationships, as well.