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Wedding bells ring aplenty at Christian colleges

Published: Monday, Oct. 14 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

At several Christian colleges across the country, finding your college companion is far more likely, according to a recent Facebook survey.

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There’s always talk about high school sweethearts.

But at several Christian colleges across the country, finding your college companion is far more likely, according to a recent Facebook survey.

The survey listed the top 25 schools for men and women for finding a spouse, with 12 schools overlapping and being suitable for both genders. All 12 of those schools are Christian colleges, and between 50 and 70 percent of the college graduates married someone from their school.

“There’s a Lutheran boy for every Lutheran girl,” Jeff Schone, vice president for student life at Martin Luther College, told Religion News Service. “I’m being lighthearted when I say that. But it seems to be true.”

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary was first on the list, with Harding University, Martin Luther College, Bob Jones University and Brigham Young University rounding out the top five in Facebook's survey.

Facebook considered the profiles of people who were listed as married and who attended the same college as their spouse. The social media network only considered four-year universities (with at least 1,000 married alumni) and people older than 25.

“Either way, the study left one thing clear: If you’re looking for a spouse, start on a Christian campus,” RNS reported.

Edward Blews Jr. told RNS that he wasn’t surprised by Facebook’s findings since most students attending Christian schools usually share the same values. He also said many families might send their kids to Christian colleges to find a Christian spouse, which ultimately leads to these marriages.

“Perhaps at the Christian college there may be a bit more pressure on students to find that good Christian spouse before they finish their four years and go out into a very different and diverse world,” Blews said to RNS.

And experts say those who find religion important in their lives are especially likely to make decisions based on their religious beliefs, including decisions about marriage and kids.

One point Buzzfeed brought up about the survey is that there’s no telling whether the couples got together before or after their tenure at their respective schools.

Blews also told RNS that despite these high numbers of spouses in the same college, the single life is still prevalent in these schools.

But he also met his wife at Seattle Pacific University, according to RNS.

“We keenly understood the theological perspective that we shared, the culture in which we grew up,” he said in the article. “For us that really did lead us to become soul mates. And for us we have no question that God ordained that we should come together in a lifelong marriage.”

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