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Guys in the Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill area of North Carolina are famous for their three-date rule.

Because dudes who live there know there are more single women than single men in the area, "after three dates, when legitimate feelings may start to emerge, guys here are quick to throw out the 'I'm too busy for a relationship' card," says Gabrielle Martino, a 24-year-old outreach specialist at a nonprofit.

"My mom gave me the best advice: walk to class (or work, gym, or wherever you go daily) using a different route every time," says Lauren Panariello, 24, an assistant editor at Cosmo who went to notoriously girl-heavy New York University.

"I did it and found myself by NYU's law school, where I never would have been otherwise, and met a cute guy whom I ended up dating." Another tip for meeting guys on campus: Find out where the soccer team celebrates their wins or where the premed students go after finals (fill in any type of guy you like).

Emma del Valle, a 21-year-old senior at tiny Bennington College, in Vermont (66 percent of students there are women), compares dating at her school to bobbing for apples at the end of a party: "It's messy, the good ones are gone, and it takes a lot of effort." She, too, has found that a lot of her pals date off campus to avoid the incestuous nature of her college dating scene. For more, see The Best and Worst Colleges for Meeting Men.

But there are ways to meet new-to-you guys even if your school isn't teeming with them. Birmingham, ALAre you as obsessed with these dolls as much as we are?

C., and Philadelphia, to name a few—where the number of single women outnumbers single men by tens of thousands.

And when it comes to careers, women get 60 percent of masters degrees overall, and masters programs in teaching, social work, and nursing are even more heavily female.

"So girls either have to lower their standards or look elsewhere for men," she says. This article originally incorrectly stated that Clarkson University at West Lafayette was the #3 best school to meet men.