April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine
Someone call the Gossip Girl writers! According to a recent survey, women are having their first sexual experience after -- not before -- they arrive on campus.
The "Ultimate College Girl Survey," conducted by HerCampus.com, an online community for college girls, was conducted during the 2011-12 academic year and taken by 2,589 "collegiettes" between the ages of 17-23. According to HerCampus.com, respondents hailed from 677 different schools and the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were almost equally represented.
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Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said that they didn't lose their virginity until they turned 18, while 43 percent of respondents were still virgins at the time of the survey. For those respondents who had already had sex, 12.3 percent lost their virginity at 17, while 9.5 percent said that their first time was at age 16.
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