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Statistics show that dating in college is a significantly different experience from dating in other stages of life.

College is a time of new beginnings and exploration. It's a time of maturity, decision making, and growth. And sometimes, it involves not only individual growth, but growth alongside another person.

The Conversation

What are people talking about when it comes to college dating? Is it a topic worth exploring? Why is hookup culture so prevelant in college and what is the gender ratio issue? Check out the conversation below!

Date Night

Two Cal Poly students, Jacob Nogle and Rubie Cisneros, venture into dowtown SLO for date night at farmer's market together. The couple has been dating for close to a year, and enjoys any time they can get away from the chaos of school and life. The night consisted of local food, browsing the booths, and running into friends. Though it was nothing extravagent, it was the perfect get-away at the end of a long week!

 BlackHorse coffee in hand, Jacob and Rubie head to farmer’s market for date night in downtown San Luis Obispo. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  Both are excited to get away from the pressure of school and spend time together.“Dates this year have looked like cooking together, grocery shopping, and doing laundry,” Rubie says. “We also went to that ice-cream place,” Jacob mentions. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  The college couple scopes out the best looking fruit on the street. Jacob pulls out his wallet to purchase fresh strawberries from a local vendor.  Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  Next up, is the famous corn on a stick stand. Jacob stands back and lets Rubie work her magic as she doctors up their corn with lots of spices, the way she grew up eating it. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  Jacob takes a big bite into the hot, spicy corn dripping with butter. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017 
He playfully gives Rubie a big bite as she opens wide. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  Rubie stands back as Jacob checks his shirt for melted butter. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  In search of goodies, the couple decides to venture into Rocket Fizz, a candy shop located downtown. The store features all types of candy, neon colors, and a playful vibe. Photo: Jacob Nogle, 4th year software engineering | Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  Strolling down the road together, Rubie runs into friends from school. When asked what they thought about college dating, Sarah Sherwin was eager to respond.“I think college is a super cool time where you’re just able to meet so many different types of people, so I think college dating is awesome and a lot of college couples are healthy” she said.  
Valentina Makovey mentioned, “College is definitely a time where people change a lot …if they don’t change together then its really hard… I think it’s a time to change and a time to embrace new things”. 
 Photo: Sarah Sherwin, 2nd year child development | Valentina Makovey, 2nd year psychology | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017  Rubie gives off a big smile to Jacob and a fun night. Photo: Rubie Cisneros, 2nd year communications | Downtown SLO | October 5, 2017

A Look Back

Local resident, John Magee, shares his thoughts on dating today compared to when he was in school. He shares what he sees as the main difference in dating culture 50 years ago versus today, his own experiences navigating relationships in school, and tidbits of advice to a successful relationship.

Student Perspectives

Does hookup culture actually exist on college campuses and if so, why is that? These Cal Poly students share their thoughts and experiences from living in an environment where hookup culture is often perceived to thrive.

Students and Hook-up Culture

Stats

Today, fewer men are attending four-year universities for higher education, causing a dramatic decrease in the number of men on college campuses.

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