Dating a senior in college

Here’s what had to say Georgia Tech, which is 66% male: “Tech is a fairly monogamous campus [and] people like to be in a relationship.” At 59%-male California Institute of Technology, “Students tend not to date but have relationships…

Breakups are rare, and many couples get married after Cal Tech.” At Tufts University, “Halfway through sophomore year, people begin to pair off and generally stay paired off through junior and senior year.” Even at schools that are majority female, the dating scene is tamer when the gender gap is smaller.

If dating is important to them—and I acknowledge that it’s completely unimportant for some—they should take a look schools with sizeable math and science departments because those schools attract more men.

Just as sex-ratio research predicts, it is the colleges with male-heavy gender ratios where dating is more traditional.

“Women outnumber men by a ratio of , and a new sexual paradigm has emerged…

[D]ating in the traditional sense of the word had been replaced by ‘hooking up’ as the predominant sexual interaction on campus.” Kring shared the story of a young woman who’d lost hope of finding a college boyfriend and wound up losing her virginity in a drunken threesome with two male classmates. “She felt awkward,” Kring wrote, “and wanted help in keeping her sexual encounter private from other students.” Women at disproportionately female schools talk openly about their frustrations.

As I explain in my book “DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game,” when men are in oversupply, the dating culture emphasizes courtship and monogamy.

Let me suggest that college-bound high schoolers add one more item to their collegiate checklist: the gender ratio.

If applicants and their parents want to know whether the dating scene at a particular college is geared more towards wild hookups or traditional relationships, the best barometer will always be the ratio of women to men on campus.

“Sometimes it feels like you can have anyone you want.” If you think colleges like Sarah Lawrence or NYU are outliers, think again.

In the appendix of DATE-ONOMICS, I include a table that ranks 35 major public and private colleges by their gender ratios and pairs that data with students’ own descriptions of dating at their schools.

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