Sex statistics college students

By Farid N. / February 15, 2022

College is one of the best stages in a student’s life. This is an opportunity to widen students’ horizons and start creating the reality of their dreams. Aside from pursuing the quest for further knowledge, it is a time when students become more curious about things. With different factors influencing them, they become more exposed to matters, including sex.

Statistics on the Percentage of U.S. College Students that Used Selected Methods of Birth Control as 2020 Fall

The top 5 birth control methods used by college students in the U.S. include:

  • Birth control pills (49.8%)
  • Male condom (45.7%)
  • Withdrawal (24.7%)
  • Intrauterine device or IUD (15.3%)

Statistics of Women in the U.S. Who Obtained an Abortion in 2014 (by educational level)

  • Some College /Associate Degree (40.9%)
  • High School Graduate/GED (27%)
  • College Graduate (23.1%)
  • Less than High School (8.9%)

Statistics on Top Concerns of College Student Patients during 2019-2020 Academic School Year, as Stated by Mental Health Clinicians

Sex-related issues that were concerns of college students in the U.S. include:

  • Relationship problems (7.2%)
  • Sexual abuse/assault (1.7%)
  • Physical abuse/assault (0.2%)
  • Sexual concern (0.2%)
  • Sexual orientation (0.2%)
  • Pregnancy related (0.1%)

Statistics on the Percentage of Students Experiencing NonConsensual Sexual Contact Since Enrolling at University in the U.S. in 2020 (by gender and tactic)

Penetration

  • Male (3%)
  • Female (13.7%)
  • TGQN (16.7%)

Sexual Touching

  • Male (5.4%)
  • Female (20.5%)
  • TGQN (21.7%)

Statistics on the Percentage of Students Experiencing NonConsensual Sexual Contact Since Entering College in the U.S. in 2019

  • There is a 5.6% difference between female seniors and female junior students who experienced nonconsensual sex in 2019
  • 16.5% of female freshman and 22.7% of female sophomore students
  • Seniors had the highest percentage of experiencing nonconsensual sex contact (28.9%) among TGQN college students
  • Junior students were 5.6% higher than sophomore students among TGQN students who experienced nonconsensual sex
  • 8.9% of male senior students experienced nonconsensual sex contact 
  • 3.8% of male freshmen students had nonconsensual sex experience in college

Statistics on College Sex Habits

In 2015, a study conducted on 700 college students 

  • 41% of women and 49% of men reported not being sexually active at all
  • 70 percent of women and 80 percent of men reported being in love
  • 17 percent of women and 27 percent of men said they use dating apps
  • 12 percent of women said they had been raped compared to 4 percent of men

In 2017, another study revealed the following:

  • 59% of college students are “mostly” or “always” using a “barrier method” during vaginal sex
  • 44.9% are “mostly” or “always” using a “barrier method” for anal sex
  • 10% are “mostly” or “always” using a “barrier method for oral sex

Statistics on College Campus Sexual Violence

  • Male college students (aged 18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assaults
  • Female college students (aged 18-24) are 20% less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assaults
  • Only 20% of female students who experience sexual violence, age 18-24, report to law enforcement.
  • Only 32% of non-student females, age 18-24, report to law enforcement.

Statistics on the Most Sexually Active College Student Bodies in the U.S.

  • Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the most sexually active campus 
  • Rutgers University, in New Jersey, ranked as the second most sexually active group of students
  • Other schools that made it in the top 5 include Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida

Statistics on the Percentage of Sexual Partners Respondents Had While in College (by Gender)

Respondents: (Women=43%; Men 35%)

  • Male respondents mentioned that they had an average of 14.22 sexual partners in overall sex life and 4.98 partners in college.
  • Female respondents stated that they had an average of 11.41 sexual partners in overall sex life and 4.90sexual partners in college.

Statistics on How Often Do College Students Wear Protection 

Number of Respondents Who Use Condoms

  • Always (38%)
  • Usually (24%)
  • Never (15%)
  • Sometimes (14%)
  • Other (4%)
  • Only When Their Partners Ask (4%)
  • Only When It’s Available (1%)

Number of Respondents who Use Condoms (by gender)

  • 50% of men and 50% of women respondents revealed that they always use condoms
  • 61% of women respondents and 39% male respondents usually use condoms
  • 65% of male respondents and 35% of women respondents stated that they use a condom only when it’s available
  • 53% of male respondents and 47% of female respondents never use condoms

College students can be more exposed to sexual activities as they meet new partners and colleagues. This is why it is important to learn various statistics related to having safer and more enjoyable sexual activities while learning.

References:

https://www.hercampus.com/wellness/these-statistics-about-college-sex-habits-might-surprise-you/
https://www.rainn.org/statistics/campus-sexual-violence
https://www.studlife.com/special-issues/sex-issue/sex-issue-2017/2017/02/13/2017-sex-survey-statistics-reveal-students-sex-habits/
https://collegestats.org/explore/collegiate-sexual-exposure/
https://www.statista.com/