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Unless you’re in college, Tinder U isn’t for you

There’s a new Tinder service rolling out that’s only for college students.

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There’s a new Tinder service rolling out that’s only for college students. Tinder U allows you to connect with other students around you in much the same way as you do with the existing service. In this case, however, you’ll need a .edu email and be geolocated on a campus.

In announcing Tinder U, its parent company, Match, says the service is useful for finding a coffee date or study buddy. There’s also a strong focus on helping freshman find new friends. And, well, you know, hooking up.

Here’s how the service is also being described:

Earn your swipe cred.

Show your colors. Swipe on your classmates. Keep your Tinder game on campus.

And if you want to date outside your campus, we’ve got you covered there, too. Tinder U allows you to swipe on students at nearby schools. That’s right, get ready to kiss those crosstown rivalries goodbye. 😉

Tinder U is rolling out on iOS devices at four-year, accredited, not-for-profit schools in the United States that deliver courses in a traditional, face-to-face learning format.

To get started:

  1. Once you’re on campus, log in to Tinder and enter your .edu email address
  2. Check your email and tap the verification button
  3. You now have access to Tinder U

It’s going to be interesting to see if Tinder U finds a following and whether Match is committed to making the service at least slightly different than the original. If it’s mostly the same except for a new paint job, I can’t see how it will work. There is no word yet on if students who use Tinder U can also access the regular Tinder if they are off-campus, but it would make sense, as it keeps people on the platform.

What do you think? Is there a place for Tinder U in college dating? Let us know below. 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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