Best College Dating Apps
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Between balancing a heavy course load, contributing to many clubs and activities, and finding time to build lifelong friendships, college life doesn’t leave much room for dating. That said, for some men, finding love isn’t the priority of those four (or five or six) pivotal years; instead, you’re more focused on one-night, weekend- or month-long stands.
Others, though? They’re aiming to come out with more than a diploma, but a potential wife, as well. Regardless of what you’re hoping for in terms of romantic love and partnership, being selective about the dating app you invest your time, heart and energy into should be a strategic decision.
AskMen’s Favorite College Dating Apps
While some online sites or apps feature easy swiping access that could potentially get you laid tonight, others provide a more in-depth look into the personality and values of your potential girlfriend. Here’s a look at the top recommended dating apps for university scholars, bros, and bachelors:
Chances are high you’ve heard of — and wasted hours upon hours — on this trendy app. Arguably considered the dating platform of the Millennial generation, Tinder is not only an easy platform to navigate, but it often results in plenty of matches and flirtation. After logging in with your Facebook account, you’ll be prompted to add a few photos from your Facebook feed, Instagram or iPhone before completing a standard questionnaire. Standard information includes your age, your location and an optional short bio, but you can also upgrade to some of Tinder’s premium features for an enhanced experience. These include the ability to toggle between cities, meaning even if you live in New York City, you can check out the singles in Toronto, San Diego, Denver… and the list goes on.
Especially if you’re someone who is navigating your post-college plans, this can be a helpful tool to see the single scene in your prospective destinations. Another added perk of Tinder is upgrading to “pro” for a small cost, where you can reverse a swipe left, give “super” stars to several women and more. Keep in mind that while Tinder is often dubbed the “hookup” app, it’s important to be clear with your dates about what you’re in the market for — whether it’s purely sex or a possible relationship — so you don’t end up leading anyone on.
If you only want to date fellow collegiates and you’re not interested in the post-graduation ladies, feast your eyes on Friendsy, which is often referred to as “Tinder for college kids.” How come? To sign up and begin your matchmaking quest, you must have a college email address, ruling out any of those who left school years ago but are still trying to date within the campus. Instead of the standard age, occupation and photo profiles, Friendsy adds in other college-inspired filters like your major, your class year and so on.
This app also takes the guesswork out of the what-does-she-want mind game by asking you if you’re interested in dating this person, being friends with, or merely hooking up once you’ve swiped right. A bit brutal? Sure. But it prevents heartaches.
If you’re approaching your senior year and you’ve grown tired of the meaningless encounters that never amount to much more than a heavy hangover, a shot of regret and more drama than you bargained for, it might be time to give Hinge a shot. Because this dating app does require a form of payment and its mission is to foster relationships, you can expect college-aged women seeking a relationship to find their home here. Much like Tinder or other swiping apps, the log-in process is straightforward with your Facebook account. From here, you’ll fill out the go-to “get to know you” questions and add images, before Hinge takes it a step forward.
As a way to understand your values, your goals, your preferences, your humor and other important traits, you’ll also ask questions that get to your personality, allowing the app to make specific recommendations based on your answers. Though it might be time consuming, set aside time after studying for an exam or brushing up your resume to really think about what matters to you in terms of love.
While some people are skilled at approaching strangers at the weekly kegger, others — ahem, like you — have a habit of running away when faced with a person they find attractive. It’s okay — that’s where Happn comes in. As a dating app based on your specific GPS location, you never have to regret that cutie you chickened out talking to last Saturday night. Though it might seem a tad on the creepy side at first glance, the idea behind the app is smart. After all, if you could go back and reconnect with every beautiful woman you walked past but didn’t strike up a conversation with, wouldn’t you?
When you sign up for Happn via your Facebook account, you’ll have to allow your phone to geo-locate you so it can start tracking your steps. With a minimal profile, the true conversation starters are based on the places you both frequent, like the campus coffee shop, the biology lab and perhaps that sorority house where your could-be wife practices her dance moves. After you’ve both said “I know you!” to one another, you can begin your chatting convo before actually making the move in the real life. Pro tip though? This app is legendary for draining your battery since your GPS is on 24/7, so carry an extra battery pack or be specific about when you give it permission to know your whereabouts.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Here’s the deal: you want to find love. But also: you want to excel in your studies, contribute to the student council, apply — and earn! — the best internships, get into graduate school and eventually, become president. For those with high expectations and lofty goals for themselves, dating can often feel like a time-consuming task with no clear end in sight. It’s a bummer, but also a hard, cold fact of the process of meeting a special someone. If you’re overworked and yet lonely, consider signing up for Coffee Meets Bagel.
Unlike apps where the onus is on you to swipe until you find a match, the app sends you targeted, specialized singles based on your preferences every day at noon. That’s where the name comes from: nearly everyone can take ten minutes to drink a coffee, so why not open it up and see if your one-and-only bagel is hanging out in the pool of eligibles? Since the app wanted to be sensitive to privacy, you can also filter your experience so you’re only matched with fellow students and alumni that match what you’re looking for, whether by department, age or major.
While religion isn’t a deal breaker for everyone, a person’s belief systems can be a major factor in the staying power of the relationship. If you fall into the boat of singles who would prefer their partner practice the same religious customs as you do, turn your attention to three specific apps that cater to this demographic. While JSwipe helps the Jewish community connect to one another, Minder does the same for Muslims, while CDate brings Christians together. All of these dating apps are free and you can use your Facebook profile to log in and start the selection process. Considering many people begin to define their values while in college, as they’re exposed to people from all over the country and world, keep in mind that no users have to “prove” their religious beliefs to join these apps. While it might not be a sexy opener, if your principles are truly paramount to you, make it a priority to inquire when you match with someone to prevent yourself from disappointment. The same goes if you’re browsing through profiles but you aren’t quite solidified on your own thoughts toward God — don’t be afraid to be upfront, as some singles would be open to expressing their reasoning over coffee.
Been there, swiped that? If you’ve been single since, say, freshman year, you’ve likely worn out your interest on the traditional dating apps. For a step out of the normal, download Hater, which doubles both as a matchmaker and source of entertainment, since it caters to a specific theme: pairing people together not on what they like, but on what they dislike. As the name suggests, most of the activity on Hater isn’t browsing through profiles, but thumbing your way through various activities, people, food and events, deciding what makes your blood boil. These might include everything from Nicholas Cage and avocado toast to vampire movies — the list goes on.
Once you’ve spent time going through their myriad of potentially-annoying items, you can then turn your attention to the singles, where you can see how many forms of hatred you mutually share. Hey, for some, this sarcastic — and funny — approach is nearly as solid as foreplay. Just remember, since this app is far more lighthearted – and game-like than others, you might encounter those who are looking for a more casual connection.
If you’re currently in college, dating apps are a great way to meet new people and find a romantic connection. The trick is just finding the right app for you.