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Oct 10, 2013 01:05 PM EDT

Facebook Study Locates Colleges Where Students Are Most Likely To Marry


If there's no price on love, then $50,000 per year in tuition is a bargain for the 28 percent of Facebook users/people who meet their spouse in college, according to Facebook's new study.

Several factors contribute to that 28 percent, including choice of college, class size, gender ratio, and the political and religious views of the student body. Facebook (yes, the social media giant conducts its own studies) limited its research to couples within four years of each other and schools with at least 1,000 married alumni, according to the study.

Results revealed that men were most likely to meet their future spouse at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, Harding University and Martin Luther College; and women were most likely to meet their husbands at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Michigan Technological University and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Still, the study found that many of the ring-leaders for men and women overlapped, 12 of 25 to be exact.

Women were most likely to meet a man when surrounded by more of them. Facebook found that when the gender ratio skewed in men's favor (or against their favor if they were seeking a wife), women were more likely to find one they liked. No better example existed than the Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology, where an astounding 70 percent of women married another Rose-Hulman alum. The school's class size of 2,071 students was patrolled by over 1,800 men. Of the approximate 250 females left, around 175 found student body love.

For men seeking their true love, a gender ratio of just over 50 percent was most ideal. That was the approximate ratio at Faith Baptist College, where nearly 67 percent of men found a women within four class years willing to say, "I do".

Facebook broadened (or narrowed) its research to include high school couples. Findings revealed that 15 percent of married Facebook users met at high school.The percentage increased as population density decreased (see chart).

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