College dating is the set of behaviors and phenomena centered on the seeking out and the maintenance of romantic relationships in a university setting.It has unique properties that only occur, or occur most frequently, in a campus setting.
As late as the 1920s, it was considered unorthodox for a young couple to meet without familial supervision in a tightly controlled structure.
Compared with the possibilities offered by modern communications technology and the relative freedom of young adults, today's dating scene is vastly different.
The primary change in courtship rituals during this time was a shift from marriage to social status as the desired result.
Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.
Since fraternities and sororities do not occur much outside of the United States, this occurs, for the most part, only in the US.
Technology allows college students to take part in unique ways of finding more partners through social networking.Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and My Space allow students to make new friends, and potentially find their spouse.Date rape, violence, and sexual harassment are also very common occurrences on college and university campuses.As much as a quarter of all college women experience date rape, and victims of abuse come from every race and gender.Another potential form of harassment can be seen in professor–student relationships; even though the student may be of the age to consent, they might be coerced into sexual encounters due to the hope of boosting their grades or receiving a recommendation from the professor.The practices of courtship in Western societies have changed dramatically in recent history.