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Where you went to college is one of the big factors people use to decide whether they want to go on a first date with you, Tinder CEO Sean Rad told Business Insider in an interview last year.
That’s why your education is one of a few pieces of information, along with your job, that Tinder often puts on the very front of your profile.
But does that mean that the more elite a school is, the more matches its students and alumni get on Tinder?
We decided to find out by taking a look at a particular subset: The Ivies. Tinder pulled data for us on people who have the eight Ivy League schools listed on their profiles, and then ranked those schools based on how high a percentage of “yes” swipes they got in September (versus “no” swipes). This inherently takes population size of the school into account.
The findings might surprise you. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, which ranked the highest out of all universities on US News’ annual US college list, brought up the rear. Penn was the winner, followed by Brown and Columbia.
Tinder also showed us data on the schools that got the most matches in September overall (Columbia) and “Super Likes” (Harvard).
Read on for the full rankings:
No. 8: Harvard
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- US News Ranking: No. 2 Acceptance Rate: 6% Undergrad Size: 6,699
No. 7: Yale
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- US News Ranking: No. 3 (tied) Acceptance Rate: 7% Undergrad Size: 5,532
No. 6: Princeton
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- US News Ranking: No. 1 Acceptance Rate: 7% Undergrad Size: 5,402
No. 5: Dartmouth
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- US News Ranking: No. 11 Acceptance Rate: 11% Undergrad Size: 4,307
No. 4: Cornell
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- US News Ranking: No. 15 (tie) Acceptance Rate: 15% Undergrad Size: 14,315
No. 3: Columbia
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- US News Ranking: No. 5 (tie) Acceptance Rate: 6% Undergrad Size: 6,102
No. 2: Brown
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- US News Ranking: No. 14 Acceptance Rate: 9% Undergrad Size: 6,652
No. 1: Penn
- US News Ranking: No. 8 (tie) Acceptance Rate: 10% Undergrad Size: 9,726
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This stat shows the total number of matches these schools got last month (September). When looking at these numbers you have to take into account both the size of the school, and the location. There are probably a lot more potential dates for Columbia students and alumni if they cluster around New York City.
Here are the schools ordered by how many matches they got in September:
Columbia Penn Harvard Cornell Brown Yale Dartmouth Princeton
Monthly Super Likes
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Like total matches, this “Super Like” data doesn’t take population into account. But still, Harvard comes out on top. Tinder’s Super Likes let your prospective date know that you selected them even if they haven’t liked you yet. If you aren’t a premium subscriber, Tinder only gives you one Super Like per day.
The high ranking of Harvard suggests that if you went there, you are more likely to get a small pool of people who really want to go on a date with you, rather than overall high percentage of “yes” swipes (where Harvard comes last).
Here are the schools ordered by how many Super Likes they got in September:
Harvard Penn Columbia Yale Cornell Princeton Brown Dartmouth
Monthly Social Groups
- Cornell Law School
Tinder Social is Tinder’s experiment in setting up people for casual group hangouts. The feature rolled out in the US in July. Again, these numbers are absolute, so take population into account when considering the data.
Here are the school ordered by how many Tinder Social groups they matched with in September:
Cornell Harvard Penn Columbia Yale Brown Princeton Dartmouth