50 colleges where you're most likely to meet your future spouse

Emmie Martin

Most students graduate from college with lifelong friends, but some find a partner for life along the way.

Our friends at Niche, a database of school information, rounded up the places where you're most likely to meet your future spouse by combining their lists of the friendliest students, the smartest students, and the most attractive students, with an emphasis on religious colleges. 

We rounded up quotes from students on Niche to illustrate the dating culture at each school. 

50. Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

"Plenty of diverse, attractive, and fun guys and girls here."

"There are bros, there are hipsters, there are straight-up average people, there are nerds, and everyone hangs out with each other. Not clique-y at all — very easy to show up at someone's house and make a friend."

Visit Niche for more information on Skidmore College.

49. Dallas Baptist University

 Dallas, Texas

"[The students] are good looking people with great interests that include religion, sport, and the arts."

"Everyone on campus is looking for their spouse. Upperclassmen are practically engaged or thinking about proposing."

"There are so many different girls and guys here."

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48. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee 

"Girls here are both attractive and intelligent. Everyone here is friendly and motivated."

"There is a wide range of girls and guys here. Everyone dresses to impress, and it's fairly easy making friends." 

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47. University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina 

"Students here are some of the greatest around, whether your type is hipster, preppy, athletic, or anything else. The southern hospitality is all around, whether or not you're from the south."

"Girls are beautiful and guys are hot, but more than anything everyone is friendly and outgoing." 

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46. University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

"Open and friendly people everywhere, easy to socialize."

"Everyone has a series of unique interests and relationships here tend to last really long and are generally healthy." 

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45. Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

"You will have lots of time to socialize and the people are awesome."

"Everyone here is sincere and genuine and very easy to get along with."

"Plenty of good fish in the sea to pick from! Always new, friendly people to meet."

Visit Niche for more information on Cornell University.

44. Abilene Christian University

Abliene, Texas 

"Great campus and both the guys and the girls are very friendly."

"People here are pretty obsessed with getting married by the time they leave." 

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43. Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

"There are friendly, good looking people everywhere."

"The guys are cool and very friendly and easy to hang with. They always offer to include you in any activities that they are doing. The girls are good looking, outgoing, and easy to talk to."

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42. Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio

"There is not a school out there with nicer, kinder, more open people."

"Everyone is very nice, interesting, and diverse."

"A lot of people on campus seem to be able to find a relationship."

Visit Niche for more information on Oberlin College.

41. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

"There's a very wide range, so whatever people you like, you'll be able to find them."

"Great diversity, great relationships, intelligent students!"

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40. University of California at Davis

Davis, California

"Everyone is extremely friendly and approachable."

"There are a lot of nice and nice looking people that are dating material." 

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39. University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

"There [are] a lot of types of guys and girls. Miami attracts people from around the world so you see city boys, country boys, preppy boys, etc. Same goes for the girls. There is someone for everyone at Miami."

"The guys and girls at UM are incredibly diverse. You will see and meet people from all walks of life." 

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38. Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado 

"Great, smart people that are hot and friendly."

"The student body is generally friendly and open to all sorts of relationships."

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37. Harding University

 Searcy, Arkansas

"If you're looking for a relationship, it is very easy to find a special person you really relate to."

"With Harding's extremely diverse student body, there's someone for anyone as far as relationships go. Men and women from all kinds of different ideals; musical taste, fashion, work sense, you name it, you can find it at Harding."

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36. University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California 

"Literally everyone at this school is attractive and intelligent. People are very social and outgoing, and easily approachable."

"The relationships are so diverse here. Everyone is different and everyone dresses different, yet we all interact, accept, and love our differences."

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35. Olivet Nazarene University

 Bourbonnais, Illinois

"There are definitely a lot of relationships on campus and we have that classic 'Ring by Spring' joke."

"The people at Olivet are some of the most wonderful and friendly people I have ever encountered!!"

"There tend to be quite a few relationships at our school and many get engaged by their senior year." 

Visit Niche for more information on Olivet Nazarene University.

34. Pepperdine University

Malibu, California 

"People are chill and there are so many cute guys, and most of them are looking for the girl they will marry. Meeting people is fun and easy at Pepperdine."

"Sure you might say the guys and girls at Pepperdine are pretty attractive, but the best part of Pepperdine is that all of the students you meet are very nice, genuine people, and are accepting of you as long as you are being yourself." 

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33. Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

"There are a number of strong healthy relationships on campus."

"Everyone is smart and driven, but enjoy going out to have a good time." 

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32. University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana 

"If you are looking, there's a good chance you'll find a good looking and a 'good quality' guy on campus."

"The nice thing is whoever you talk to, for the most part, will be smart and nice and pleasant to talk to."

Visit Niche for more information on the University of Notre Dame.

31. California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

 San Luis Obispo, California

"Cal Poly students are the smartest, fittest, hottest, and most fun people to be around!"

"I am generally impressed with the individuals I meet on campus. They are smart, outgoing, and easy to get along with. This goes for both guys and girls." 

"It's not hard to find someone you really like, whether this be as a friend or a partner."

Visit Niche for more information on California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

30. University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin 

"The social life here is active, it isn't hard to meet people."

"All in all everyone here is very friendly and outgoing."

"Social life is wildly abundant as there are always ways to meet and interact with the opposite sex." 

Visit Niche for more information on the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.

29. University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio 

"Our school is very friendly and easy going! There is something for everyone here."

"There are wide range of interests on campus and I would say most people get along and are nice to almost everyone." 

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28. Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama 

"Guys and girls can easily get along and respect each other."

"There is a wide variety of people to choose from at Auburn." 

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27. California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California 

"The guys and girls here are all very friendly. They dress well, and are very attractive on average. There are a lot of people here that meet someone they stay with for a long time."

"Because this is a smaller school, there is more opportunity to form close relationships with many people."

Visit Niche for more information on California Lutheran University.

26. Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, North Carolina 

"Students are generally smart, friendly, attractive, and social."

"Because Wake Forest is such a good school, these are well-rounded students who are intelligent and have unique interests." 

Visit Niche for more information on Wake Forest University.

25. Taylor University

Upland, Indiana 

"Everyone is really friendly. There are a lot of people who are very kind, respectful, and authentic for both guys and girls."

"The students at Taylor are generally really nice and friendly. It's easy to meet new people."

"Most everyone at Taylor is very friendly and accepting. There is a thriving dating culture at Taylor." 

Visit Niche for more information on Taylor University.

24. Chapman University

Orange, California 

"Most people are attractive and dress well. They seem to have great social lives and relationships."

"All amazing, nice, caring people." 

"I feel that there is a great range of girls and guys, with all sorts of qualities and interests for everyone to find someone that they find interesting."

Visit Niche for more information on Chapman University.

23. Grove City College

Grove City, Pennsylvania 

"Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of courting."

"The students are well rounded individuals and most are great people to know." 

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22. University of California at Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California 

"Honestly, we have some of the coolest people in the country. Smart and fun."

"Relationships can be anything you make of them, and you can dress the way you want."

Visit Niche for more information on the University of California at Santa Barbara.

21. Brigham Young University at Idaho

Rexburg, Idaho 

"A lot of the guys and girls here have great values and are in general great people."

"This is a fantastic place to find your future spouse!"

"Everyone here is just really outgoing, but not overbearing." 

Visit Niche for more information on Brigham Young University at Idaho.

20. University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin 

"It's a big school so you're going to have something for everyone in terms of personality. Most people are extremely friendly and it's not weird if you begin to strike up conversation with them."

"We have many good looking, smart, friendly, and lovable folk here on campus!" 

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19. Franciscan University of Steubenville

Steubenville, Ohio 

"Not only are the guys and girls good looking, but they have incredible personalities."

"Most people are looking for someone they could marry."

Visit Niche for more information on Franciscan University of Steubenville.

18. Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

"Most students who go this school generally have high moral standards and seek to serve and give everyone respect. I really enjoy meeting new people who go here."

"The campus is very diverse. They are so many different types of people that enjoy various things. It is not hard at all to find people with common interests."

Visit Niche for more information on Virginia Tech.

17. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

"We have many brilliant minds and beautiful people."

"You know everyone is here for the same reasons and [are] willing to work hard for what they want and value their education, but at the same time they know how to have a good time and relax." 

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16. Rice University

Houston, Texas 

"There are so many different people here with different backgrounds it's very easy to find whatever you're interested in romantically or socially."

"Though many can be reserved, there are a wide spectrum of personalities from introverts to extroverts — however, a unifying theme is that everyone has hidden talents. A conversation with any Rice student will uncover amazing stories, interests, and insights."

"Everyone has something unique about them, and you will meet your soulmate here." 

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15. Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

"Coffee and lunch dates are a big thing."

"Everyone is extremely friendly and will always say hi!" 

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14. Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina 

"The relationships are amazing and it's so easy to make friends." 

"No matter who you are, there's a match for you at Clemson."

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13. Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

"For the most part, everyone here is exceptionally friendly, and always welcomes you with a smile."

"You can truly find your niche at A&M. There are so many people with varying interests."

"There are a lot of people in relationships. A lot of couples get engaged or married while they're still in school, or right after they graduate." 

Visit Niche for more information on Texas A&M University.

12. Biola University

La Mirada, California 

"Guys and girls are extremely friendly and outgoing. They are very welcoming and open to engaging in new friendships with others."

"Relationships are a huge priority for students at this university and are therefore taken seriously and treated with care."

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11. Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut 

"Wesleyan has a diverse student body, so you will meet all types of people. It is not hard to find people with similar interests and to form lasting relationships."

"A lot of the student body are down to earth and talented individuals. [They're] exciting and interesting to converse with and get to know!" 

Visit Niche for more information on Wesleyan University.

10. Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island 

"People here are smart, passionate, well-rounded, and hardworking for the most part."

"You find all types of people of all gender identities who are passionate, interesting, and eager to make friends or at least have casual conversation." 

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9. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California 

"There is so much diversity and a very vibrant social life no matter what you're into."

"The social life here is excellent. People are generally very nice and looking to have a good time as well as socialize and interact with anyone." 

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8. St. Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota 

"Everyone here is gorgeous in looks, smart, generous, and very accepting of others!"

"No matter your type, you can find a beautiful/handsome partner to keep you warm during the chilly winter." 

Visit Niche for more information on St. Olaf College.

7. Pacific Union College

Angwin, California 

"Students are really smart and outgoing. It's really easy to just go up to someone you have never met and spark up a conversation."

"Because we are such a diverse school, you will find guys and girls from all over the world. This just allows you to go out of your dating comfort zone, you are open to a ton of new cultures. You are never limited to the kind of people you can date."

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6. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California 

"I definitely think there is plenty of quality relationship material here at Santa Clara. Smart, friendly, outgoing, good-looking."

"Santa Clara is a great place to be because not only are students very passionate and motivated to do well, they are also well-dressed and outgoing. " 

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5. Stanford University

Stanford, California 

"Considering the wide range of students here, it shouldn't be too hard to find someone who has physical compatibility and personality compatibility. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know girls (and guys)."

"No matter who you are, you'll find someone you click with." 

"Everyone has a different background and is very interested or passionate about something. Anyone can find a guy or girl they would like here."

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4. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

"There's a wide range of guys and girls at Georgetown. They're from all over the country, and even international students. There's a wide range of backgrounds and interests and there's a high percentage of good looking people."

"Students are above average, compared to other schools. I think they are smarter, more studious, and more attractive." 

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3. Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut 

"The campus is large enough that you have a good chance of meeting someone to your liking, whatever you seek, but small enough that you have a chance of running into people you know, building a great community feel."

"There is plenty of diversity in appearance and personality, and it is impossible to not find friends with similar interests." 

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2. University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

"If you're going for a well dressed, career oriented and intellectual partner — they're in abundance." 

"Everyone laughs and relationships easily grow deep as long as you balance your academic life with your real life."

"There are guys and girls for everyone. There are athletic types, nerdy types, outgoing people and quiet people, and everything beyond and in-between."

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1. Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

"Everyone is so nice and friendly. Everyone is very cleanly and modestly dressed. It's a very open environment, and the dating scene is fun."

"Everyone is always going on dates and enjoying romantic life."

"BYU students are studious but also want to have fun. Groups are always putting together fun group dates, dinner groups, various clubs, pick-up sports games, dances, etc."

Visit Niche for more information on Brigham Young University.

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