Email (Send & Receive) allow members to interact within College Passions without giving out personal contact details.
Chat options include text chat, audio chat & webcam chat.*College Passions is one site within the Passions Network network of 260 niche online dating social networking sites.
(CNN) -- Though they had perhaps crossed paths several times on campus, it was only when Andy Lalinde was scrolling through images of cute girls online that the one with brunette hair standing in some South American country caught his eye. With nothing to lose, Lalinde wrote a funny message proclaiming his love for nurses and hit send. While they could have passed each other walking to class, it took -- an online dating website exclusively for college students -- to bring them together and officially exchange vows on April 29.
He opened her profile and saw her name was Michelle Przybyski. One walk of four hours with Lalinde's dog, Domino, around campus and a date at the library (that didn't really involve studying) later, the two Columbia University graduate students applied for a marriage license in New York just 10 days after meeting in person. With countless dating websites such as match.com, and okcupid.com, the online dating market is a bit crowded.
There are a number of options within College Passions to help connect members, including the following: College ‘Groups’ allow members to find others who share very specific interests / similarities.
College Forums allow members to post on topics of interest.
There’s also a “hint” option, where users can give hints to people they want to connect with to up their chances of getting matched.
These alerts could be vague (like, “someone from your school wants to go on a date”) or could include specifics like the potential match’s major and expected graduation year.
Profiles are organized by time and place of your encounter and if you like a user, you can secretly like their profile – they won't find out unless there is mutual interest.
"The guys place the same priority on education and the same passion for their careers as I do," Hirner said.
"We're also at similar places in our lives, being students, which makes it easier to relate." Columbia University students Balazs Alexa and Jean Meyer started the dating website on campus in November.
On the flip side, men in the Business School often wished for more women study buddies.
If potential lovers weren't meeting in the classroom, the university needed a better platform for both sexes to interact.