1. The Frat Star
Positive Traits: Frat guys are always having a good time. They have their own friends, so they aren’t needy and are cool with you having an independent life.
Negative Traits: They live in squalor with way more guys than they should. They stay out drinking until the booze is gone. Oh, and they have a tendency to get into fights.
How Long It Lasts: Three to twelve months. Eventually you’ll outgrow the need to go out every night of the week. He won’t.
2. The Bad Boy
Positive Traits: He’s cunning, witty, and usually much bigger of a teddy bear than he lets on. He’ll introduce you to some really fun — likely illegal — activities.
Negative Traits: Those activities can be legit illegal, he’s just a tad bit shady, and seems to know everyone on campus. Don’t ask why.
How Long It Lasts: Two months, or until he gets arrested.
3. The Entrepreneur
Positive Traits: He’s a go-getter with lots of goals and plenty of ambition. He’s dedicated and enjoys activities that are stimulating and interesting, instead of just partying.
Negative Traits: He’s got money on his mind all of the time. If he’s not pitching his next idea to anyone that will listen, he’s busy pumping up his ego by showboating his successes.
How Long It Lasts: A year. Once you realize that you are worth so much more than being just his side project, you’ll kick him to the curb. Plus, you have your own ambitions.
4. The Really Good Guy Friend
Positive Traits: He likes you for you. He knows all of your secrets, listens intently to your problems, and supports all of your endeavors.
Negative Traits: He can get a little jealous of the guys that you dated before while he was still waiting for you to feel the connection, and is constantly wary of any new male friends.
How Long It Lasts: Could be forever. He’s everything you want and more: a friend and a lover.
5. The Athlete
Positive Traits: He’s got an amazing body and is clearly dedicated. He understands that relationships take teamwork, but so does winning.
Negative Traits: He is constantly busy. If he’s not on the field, he’s trying to catch up with all of his classes, on the road, or hanging with the team.
How Long It Lasts: Until season starts.
6. The Mama’s Boy
Positive Traits: He’s super polite and very respectful. He isn’t sexist and is usually known as the “nice guy.”
Negative Traits: He can be super close to his mother, sometimes too close. Hovering parents can be really overwhelming, and God help you if she doesn’t like you.
How Long It Lasts: Could be forever. He believes in you and respects your opinions and views, as long as they align with his and his mother’s of course.
7. The Club Hopper
Positive Traits: This guy is likely a promoter, so he has all the hookups to the coolest places. Waiting in line? Ha, as if! His personality is infectious and incredibly charming.
Negative Traits: He is constantly surrounded by pretty girls, many of whom couldn’t care less that he’s taken. He has actual responsibilities when he goes out, so what you think is going to be a sick club night usually turns into him checking his phone constantly and dealing with the bouncers.
How Long It Lasts: A semester. There are a ton of positives about The Club Hopper, but unless you’re willing to stay up until 3 a.m. from Thursday to Sunday (and sometimes Tuesday,) you’ll probably have to cut him loose. Either that or explain to your parents why you haven’t made it to a single morning lecture.
8. The DJ
Positive Traits: Anyone that’s interested in music is pretty cool to date. He’ll always have new stuff for you to listen to and are down to go to any and every concert you choose.
Negative Traits: He literally thinks in beats per minute. If it isn’t about the newest mixer, he doesn’t want to hear it.
How Long It Lasts: Six months. The music life is fun and all, but three concerts a week can drive anyone insane.
9. The Blue Blood
Positive Traits: He is super cultured and has the coolest stories from traveling the world. He’s super relaxed about everything and is always down to have a good time.
Negative Traits: He can be bratty (life was handed to him after all) and likes to get his way.
How Long It Lasts: Could be forever. Money doesn’t make the man. There’s a vast difference between being spoiled and entitled, there’s no reason that relationship can’t last.
10. Mr. Baggage
Positive Traits: Because he has dated a bunch of girls, he’s got the relationship dynamic down. He’s a romantic and a listener; the makings of a great boyfriend.
Negative Traits: He might break his back from all the emotional baggage he carries around. Sure he knows the makings of a great date, but he also bad mouths at least one girl you two pass on campus because she scorned him.
How Long It Lasts: Five months. On the surface, he seems like the perfect guy, but it’s likely that he’s not quite over his past (and there is probably a reason why he has so many ex-girlfriends.)
11. The Stoner
Positive Traits: He is really funny and has great friends to chill with. He’s not so in to the big club scene, and it can be pretty relaxing to be able to have fun with someone without having to scream at each other over the music in a club.
Negative Traits: He has no concept of priorities or time, mostly because he is perpetually high. Sure, weed isn’t dangerous, but problems arise when it’s the only thing he wants to do.
How Long It Lasts: Not very, unless he picks up the concept of priorities and time.
12. The Cheater
Positive Traits: Being a participant in a tawdry affair can be exciting; everyone wants what they can’t have.
Negative Traits: He’s taken.
How Long It Lasts: It doesn’t. If he’s not willing to see you exclusively, he’s not worth your time. Also, keep in mind that once a cheater, always a cheater.
13. The Foreign Exchange Student
Positive Traits: He’s worldly, beautiful, and has the world’s sexiest accent.
Negative Traits: It can be hard to communicate, especially with every language’s crazy slang and idioms.
How Long It Lasts: A semester. He’ll be leaving both you and America come Winter Break.
14. The Overachiever
Positive Traits: He’s super smart and really involved in his academics. He values what you have to say and your points of view because he’s always curious.
Negative Traits: He’s tightly wound, especially mid-semester.
How Long It Lasts: Potentially forever, assuming you make it past Finals.