“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.
According to Niche, “The same girls that run in the social hookup circles on Friday night are taking you to church with them on Sunday.
The guys practice the requisite Christian business principles, but blow through the Baylor babes that are in endless supply.” Of course, for some young men and women, casual sex is part of college life’s appeal, and for them a 60%-female school might be a good fit.
“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[D]ating in the traditional sense of the word had been replaced by ‘hooking up’ as the predominant sexual interaction on campus.”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.
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.
“One of my friends was dumped by a guy after they’d been hooking up for less than a week.
When he broke up with her, the guy actually used the word ‘market’—like the ‘market’ for him was just too good.” A male Sarah Lawrence student offered a similar assessment of life there—though he wasn’t bemoaning the school’s hookup culture but celebrating it.
There are girls to go around, and around again,” according to Niche.