I don't just mean hookups, like dates and stuff
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It is, largely because you're in an environment where you're basically forced to meet and interact with people you don't know. You're also sharing a common experience, so you have easy conversation starters (e. g. "where are you from, what classes are you taking, what do you want to do?") and it can be pretty easy to relate to one another. Most people are going to be on similar levels intellectually as well, which makes connecting with someone much better. Outside of the academic environment, you have to put in a lot more effort to meet new people. Granted, you may have coworkers (though it's generally not a good idea to date them) and with whom you interact socially, and they may introduce you to friends of theirs, but if that's not the case, or if you find yourself in a job where you are an outlier (e. g. you are 10 years younger than the next youngest person) that is probably a difficult proposal.
That being said, college is also a time when a lot of people are not necessarily looking to have serious relationships or to tie themselves down with anyone. When I was in college eight years ago, hookups happened, but it was much more common for people to go on dates and get involved in relationships. My girlfriend, who is five years younger, had a completely different experience. I don't know if that was just a difference between our schools or a shifting culture. Regardless, though it may seem like everyone only wants to hook up, there will always be people who get tired of that and are looking for something more serious and permanent. When they do, they will be in an ideal place to find someone with similar goals.1
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