Los Angeles: Hollywood star Dakota Fanning is hunting for her husband-to-be at college after learning it's the best place to meet your life-long mate.

The 17-year-old actress is currently studying psychology as a freshman at New York University and says she's secretly scoping out the scene to find her first serious boyfriend, reported a magazine.

"There's something exciting about the idea of going to a city and meeting a guy. I've had really only one boyfriend -- just someone I went to school with.

It's strange when you meet people who are like, 'I met my husband in college.' It's weird to think about, like, 'Is that guy my husband?'," Fanning said. "(I fantasise) about meeting someone in a coffee shop, and you drop something and they pick it up, you know?" she added.