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Male seeking female? Go west (to UNC), young man.

When Beyonce wrote her Grammy-winning single "Single Ladies," she probably didn't produce it with Chapel Hill in mind.

But according to The New York Times, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a dating scene that has become difficult for all those ladies who put their hands up when Beyonce asks them to in the song's characteristic hook. With an approximately 60 percent female student body, UNC's social scene skews female and gives many single men looking for love a distinct advantage.

This trend toward more women than men in college is not restricted to UNC. In 2000, women comprised 57 percent of college enrollment, according to data from the American Council on Eduction. Although large public universities have had majority-female student bodies - aside from UNC, the article states that large public universities like California, Florida and Georgia skew toward the fairer sex - some private schools like New York University also have more women.

According to the Times, Stephen Farmer, UNC director of undergraduate admissions, attributes UNC's gender imbalance to the university's lack of an engineering school, which disproportionately attracts male students.

But such a gender imbalance is not present at some top schools, including Duke. In fact, Duke's undergraduate population has fairly equal numbers of men and women - if anything the population skews slightly male. Such parity in the male-female ratio is also more common among Ivy League schools, the article states.


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