I’m always curious to know what kinds of sites and apps my friends are using to find dates and I recently came across this gem. Date My School is this awesome dating site that connects you with students or alumni from your college or the surrounding schools of your choice. It was created by two business school students at Columbia University in 2010 as a way for social media savvy students who were too busy with school to meet potential lovers. This is how it works–>
Best part? It’s free! As a grad school student, I was super appreciative of a dating site like this that connects me with educated men. So I signed up to see what it was all about and I have mixed feelings. First, I had to decide to make an account as a Rutgers alum or a current Columbia grad student. Choosing one over the other limited my chances of connecting with potential daters. But it still seemed like a great concept so I went ahead and created my account as an RU alum. (c’mon you know you never feel school spirit more than as an undergrad) In minutes I was able to connect with hundreds of alum from RU and schools like NJCU and Stevens Institute with the option of connecting with all other schools in the database.
As soon as I created the account, though, I wish I had chosen to make an account as a current grad student because the filtering services would have connected me with other grad students in NYC. You don’t have the option of changing my school settings after creating an account so I made a student account using my Columbia email. Just like most dating sites, you can skim through hundreds of profiles, and send messages. I like that my profile stays invisible to anyone who is in my program because well, why would I want to be connected to any of the same people I see every single day. (sorry, guys!) You can choose to delete your account but you can’t create another profile using the same email for 3 months, or like Facebook, deactivate it and re-activate whenever you’re ready to come back. Once I added a picture, filled out my info, and answered some questions (some of which were a little intrusive), the chats started rolling in from different guys who had viewed my profile.
The only complaints I have are about the chat feature and the fact that people can see if you have viewed their profile. The chat was a creepy aspect because I didn’t have to establish a connection with them before they were able to do that. But all in all, I was happy with the services DateMySchool has to offer. As a student who isn’t looking for a serious relationship right now, it’s nice to use a dating site that connects me to others who are in similar situations.
DateMySchool is also available as a mobile application for the iPhone. They are currently working on apps for the iPad, Android phone, and the Android tablet. It’s great for when you’re on the go and want to check on who has been creeping up on your profile lately. So, if you’re a crazy busy student, like me, who spends most of their nights doing work and not meeting people at a bar, sign up for this wonderful site to get connected. It’s the first step to finding someone you can share some educated conversations with over a drink when you’re not slaving away at the library.