When it comes to marriage, millennials are changing the game. The divorce rate is the lowest in 50 years, and whether today’s couples are traveling, attending religious services together or having honest conversations about debt and finance, they care about nurturing all aspects of their relationship. But there’s something else couples are doing, and they’re not necessarily doing it together—they’re studying.
Newlywed couples are now more educated than they’ve ever been. Seventy-eight percent of women are more likely to have a four-year college degree, up from 75 percent in 2015. And it’s not just the ladies who are hitting the books. Sixty-four percent of men are more likely to have graduated from college, up from 61 percent in 2015.
This isn’t the first time we’ve noticed ties between higher education and marriage—other studies have shown that women with advanced degrees are now more likely to be married. Looks like couples are waiting a bit longer to tie the knot and prioritizing their education and careers overall—which makes total sense since weddings are more expensive than ever.