The rude awakening
But some warn of problems if the number of women in college continues to grow as quickly as it has.
"If these college-educated women think they will find college-educated men to marry, they are in for a rude awakening," said Thomas Mortenson, a higher education policy analyst for the Iowa-based Center for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.
Dickson, who is currently writing a paper on the increased feminization of students, staff and faculty in higher education, said she has noticed more women in her classes saying it should be OK if women don't want to marry, or if they want to raise a child on their own.
"There is this expectation that you don't want to marry someone below you," said Dickson. "I tell them," she said, "that's true ... if it's a choice. But, I talk about this with my daughter all the time. For large pools of black women, there is not an option."
Dickson said the trends are exaggerated in the African-American community, where 68 percent of college students are women. "Black women have been marrying less educated men for decades," she said.
So yes, we do prefer educated men. Just like all other women. But unlike other women, we are marrying less educated men because we want black men. You think those of us who have degrees are just golddiggers, but the truth is, if we really were just about superficial things and money, we would not be waiting around for you.