CINCINNATI -- Several Ohio universities have earned unique recognition thanks to a new dating website.
Five Buckeye State schools have been ranked in the top 50 “sugar baby” schools in the nation.
That’s according to seekingarrangement.com, a dating website that facilitates relationships between “sugar babies” and their patrons.
- Kent State University ranked No. 7
- Ohio University ranked 22nd
- Ohio State University ranked 28th
- University of Cincinnati ranked 45th
- Miami University in Oxford ranked 75th
The site defined “sugar babies” as students, actresses and models looking for someone to pamper them.
Site operators said the rising cost of college tuition is driving up membership for such services. The site said Ohio students without a "sugar daddy" graduate with an average debt of just under $30,000.
Officials said the site has seen a 54 percent growth overall from the previous year. Of that figure, college students make up 42 percent of people seeking membership.
The site claims sugar babies make about $3,000 per month in allowances and gifts from their patron.
"It would be a real morality struggle or inner struggle to take money like that and then just walk away," said University of Cincinnati senior Samantha Kuchera.
For Kuchera, the idea of befriending a man for money is hard to grasp. She said she's very aware nothing comes for free.
Student Sarah Herbstreit said a website like seekingarrangement.com comes as no surprise.
"Sadly, that's something we've kind of come to expect in this world," she said. "I'm actually not that surprised based on what we see in the media."
More than 2.7 million people worldwide have joined since the site opened in 2006, according to site officials.