By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Tribune Newspapers
3:09 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
In theory, college campuses are bursting with romantic potential, filled as they are with young, beautiful, like-minded peers. But with classes, homework and resume-building activities, not to mention all those hours killed on Facebook, you might never meet the soul mate living two dorms down.
What's a lovelorn student to do?
The folks behind Datemyschool.com, launched two years ago by two Columbia University business school students who found it difficult to meet women outside of their department, would point you to their online dating site, a marketplace for college singles with some 150,000 users at more than 1,300 four-year colleges and universities.
The site, which counts on people bonding over shared educational background rather than the matching algorithms other dating sites use, verifies that users attend the schools they say they do and allows users to control who sees their profile according to age, school or department ( in case you don't want your lab partner to know you're on the prowl).
The website is free for current students with a college email address. Alumni pay $9 a week.
Dating 101 for students
Datemyschool.com aims to get students to an offline date as soon as possible, which can present its own challenges for the college set. Melanie Wallner, the site's public relations director, offered these tips:
Know your needs: If you want a relationship, don't waste time on the emotionally unavailable flirt down the hall.
If you're broke, as many students are, plan a date around free campus snacks.
Go easy on the booze and the coffee before and during a date, to avoid being too sloppy or too jittery.
Even if you've been wearing the same pair of jeans for a week, at least wash your hair before meeting up.
Branch out of your narrow social circle by dating outside of your department or your school.
School obligations don't take a hiatus for your love life, so if you have a 20-page paper due tomorrow, make your date a study date.
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