Ivy League Marriages

Ivy Marriages, Ivy League Marriage, Ivy League Weddings

Princeton alumni love Princeton alumni. Dartmouth alumni love Dartmouth alumni (photo credit: David Keddie).

One of the advantages of attending an Ivy League university is the opportunity to surround oneself with other intellectually curious and talented young people. These intellectually curious and talented young people can become lifelong friends. They can become business contacts and/or casual acquaintances. And, yes, one special someone can become a life partner. A recent article in “The New York Times” by Kevin Carey entitled “The Ivy League Students Least Likely to Get Married” shined a spotlight on the number of marriages between alumni of each Ivy League school. So which Ivy League school alumni base love to marry each other the most?

Princeton Alums Love to Marry Princeton Alums

Among Ivy League alumni born between 1980 and 1984, it seems Princeton alumni love to marry Princeton alumni quite a bit. Dartmouth follows closely on Princeton’s heels. Behind Princeton and Dartmouth in this category come Columbia, Harvard, Brown, Yale, Cornell, and Penn, respectively. MIT, Duke and Stanford all place above Penn. But, interestingly, it’s Concordia University – Wisconsin that tops the ranking — ahead of Princeton. We sure do wonder what’s in the water at Concordia!

Princeton may not admit many transfer students (a mere 13!), but they sure do have a lot of alums who marry one another. As Carey writes in his “New York Times” piece, “Princetonians like to marry one another. Although the university is coy about the exact number of Tiger-Tiger marriages, Princeton tour guides are often asked about matrimonial prospects, and sometimes include apocryphal statistics — 50 percent! Maybe 75! — in their patter. With an insular campus social scene, annual reunions and a network of alumni organizations in most major cities, opportunities to find a special someone wearing orange and black are many.”

Marriage Rate for Ivy League Grads Varies by Income Bracket

Interestingly, wealthier Princeton alumni tend to marry at a rate higher than their less wealthy peers. As Carey writes, “But for Princeton alumni from the lowest-income households — the bottom one-fifth compared with the top one-fifth — the trends are different. Only a third were married by 2014. This pattern holds for other elite colleges and universities. For people born over the five years from 1980 to 1984, the marriage rate for upper-income students who attended Ivy League institutions was 14 percentage points higher than the rate for lower-income students.”

What do our readers think of the marriage statistics across Ivy League schools cited in “The New York Times”? Let us know by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!


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