Your college major is a strong predictor of who you'll marry

Performing arts majors tend to stick together

Your college major suggests more than your academic goals—it may also hint at romantic compatibility with others, according to an analysis from TIME

The publication looked at Census records for 76,472,310 married couples who both had bachelor's degrees to determine which pairings were the most likely to fall in love. For the most part, people whose majors are similar are more likely to get hitched than those on opposite ends of the degree spectrum.  

For example:

  • Performing arts majors are 38 times more likely to marry one another;
  • Law majors are 33 times more likely to marry one another; and
  • Music majors are 22 times more likely to marry one another.

Meanwhile, both business majors and family studies majors are only 1.7 times more likely to marry within the discipline. And while those in related fields generally end up together, there are some exceptions. Computer scientists, for example, are better matched with those who majored in law than those who studied math or statistics.

Of course, just because you've fallen for someone outside your discipline doesn't mean that true love isn't possible. You just may find that you're especially well-matched with another musician or lawyer (Wilson, TIME, 9/19).  

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