Three weeks of nominations for the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards led us to these four college and university -based dating site finalists listed in alphabetical order. Learn more about each college dating site, review any that you've used and vote for your favorite. The nomination phase closed at midnight on February 16th, 2012, with the voting period ending March 21st, 2012.
Also known as Casual Kiss, Campus Kiss focuses on college and university students in North America. CK, as I've always known it, has always offered some state-of-the-art features, such as free live-time group video chat and social networking options, along with "gifts" and blog options that were offered to all members many years prior to other dating sites even looking at enabling these sorts of bells and whistles. Plus, members can choose the look and layout of the site once they sign up, just in case the bright blue didn't work for them, or if they wanted a feature prominently displayed on their main page that wasn't normally.
According to About.com's Guide to College Life, DateMySchool is a niche dating site focused on college students and university students, much like Facebook was way back when, but with a dating angle instead of social networking. More than 20,000 students have signed up so far from more than 140 schools, and it's received press from the likes of some major media outlets such as CNN and About.com's parent company, The New York Times. Unfortunately only current students at several high-profile US-based universities and colleges can sign up, so I wasn't able to check things out and give more of a breakdown.
IvyDate focuses more on the alumni of some of the most prestigious schools in the US than students themselves, although everyone is welcome to join the site. Folks who haven't graduated from an elite college or university get designated as a "interested single" instead of "ivy single". Fees range from $20-40/month, and all profiles get vetted through some sort of committee process, but I couldn't figure out exactly how, or when.
Kikini started in 2009 with a focus on US-based college students and a social networking layout and ideology. Creating a profile used to be quick and easy, and students were asked to connect with other members as opposed to profiling yourself or stating publicly what you're after. The site was also free when I looked last, but was surprised Kikini was nominated this year, as when I go to the site, I get a "This page is secret," notation with no means of looking at anything else.
Vote For Your Favorite!
Vote for your favorite college dating site, and share your thoughts about which site should win, and why. Or, take a peek at some other college dating sites that might work better for your needs, look at who won the 2011 Free Dating Site Readers' Choice Award, or learn how to date online.