Last week I wrote a piece called “I went to Business School to get my MRS.” I interviewed several women who were hoping to find a spouse in business school. The post received quite a bit of attention and one Jezebel writer wanted to know why we didn’t ask male MBA students if they were looking for spouses in business school. Well, we did that. The men that we spoke were definitely interested in meeting partners in business school, but felt that their MBA would actually be of more help with potential romantic prospects after graduation.
One single man in his 20s, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Grindstone:
“I, mean, there are definitely a lot of people there already taken but yeah it is a great dating pool. And a lot more people are on the lookout for spouses because everyone, mostly, is at least in their mid-20s. This isn’t college. It’s grownups but in an awesome, collegiate-like environment. It is a great time to flex your dating muscles. I definitely would love to meet a girl here that I could settle down with, but it has happened yet unfortunately. “
Many business schools actually organize social events that make it easy to meet and interact with fellow classmates. Though students are working extremely hard, there are mixers, cocktail parties, and events that provide for easy flirtations.
However, as the man quoted above pointed out, the ratios at business school events are much more in favor of women looking to attract the opposite sex. Even though more American women than men have graduate degrees, MBA programs enroll three times as many men as women, Poets and Quants reports. At the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, for example, only 27.7% of the full-time MBAs are women.
And those ratios don’t work in favor of men looking to land a mate who shares a matching diploma. As one woman who recently graduated from UPenn’s Wharton School told The Grindstone:
“The reality is it probably wouldn’t be a good plan to land a wife (in business school). When we were at Wharton it was 35% women and we had the highest rate of females among top b-schools.”
Though business school is often portrayed as a fun, party environment, people are there with a purpose. Most people attending B-school have been working for a few years. They are looking to take their career to the next level and relationships often take a backseat.