Jean Meyer, a 28-year-old business student at Columbia University recognized a need for an online dating site for college kids, because, as he said, this generation of college students has “so many new ways of communicating, yet [is] so alone. So, in November, he launched DateMySchool.com, a site that’s not only restricted only to those with .edu e-mail addresses, but also only to students at Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and the Fashion Institute of Technology (because, Mr. Meyer said, “a friend convinced him that there were a lot of attractive women there.”). In April, membership will also expand to students at Boston University, Harvard and M.I.T. Sorry, if you’re a student at the University of Tampa, you’re outta luck.
In addition to swimming in an elite dating pool, site users can also “choose which schools and programs can view their online profiles, which remain invisible to all others,” a feature the founders believe decreases “the embarrassment associated with online dating.” One 24-year-old site member from Columbia’s film school said, “The selectivity can sound a bit shallow. I have a friend who is visible only to law, business, engineering and med students at Columbia. One could say she wants to meet men who have a solid, lucrative future ahead of them, but I also think she wants to meet men who are responsible, men who have a plan, know themselves and know what they want from life.”
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[via New York Times]