Here’s How To Use Tinder U, So You Never Have To Worry About Finding A Formal Date Again

At this point, it would be a real challenge to find a millennial who hasn't taken advantage of Tinder to get their mingle on. Since its launch in 2012, the first dating app to incorporate the highly-addictive swiping function has grown into a cornerstone of the online dating experience. With back-to-school around the corner, Tinder has taken their matchmaking capabilities to a whole new level by launching a feature specifically catering to college students. Tinder U allows anyone with a .edu email address to match with other students from their university. If you're wondering how to use Tinder U, seriously, it couldn't be easier.

Although college is often thought of as the easiest place to meet singles, many co-eds will also tell you that this isn't always the case. Between classes, jobs, clubs, and internships, putting in the effort to meet potential baes can be utterly exhausting. Fortunately, Tinder U has made it that much easier to find eligible on-campus singles to hang out with. Even if you're just in the market for platonic friends to expand your social circle, with Tinder U, finding people with common interests is a breeze. But the best part (IMO) is that it also allows you to swipe students at other colleges in your area, because a little variety is pretty much always a good thing. If connecting with other students sounds like a good way to start off the semester (and of course it does), here's how to get started.

1Log-In

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Since Tinder typically formulates matches based on your location (duh), to use the new function, you're going to have to wait until you're on campus. Once you are, open the app per usual and log into your account. You should then be prompted with a message inviting you to join Tinder U. Click on the "Let's do it" button, which redirects you to another sign-in page, where you enter your .edu email.

2Verify your .edu email address.

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Another cool facet of the Tinder U add-on is that you have to have a .edu email to opt into the feature. This ensures everyone in the Tinder U pool is attending (or at least affiliated with) the university.

Once you enter your .edu email into the app, you will receive a verification in your university email account. After you've verified your email, re-open the Tinder app.

3Start swiping your fellow classmates, ASAP!

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From here on, you're good to go! Going forward, you'll notice that your profile and the profiles of your classmates will be marked with a new skin unique to your school. You'll still be able to swipe on people who aren't part of the Tinder U pool, but while on campus, the app will prioritize showing your fellow students, first.

Now, you're officially ready to start the year off with a bang. If you're looking for someone to join you for a workout sesh, or even just to grab a quick lunch with and sit in on the green between classes, Tinder U has made making on-campus connections easier than ever. Make this school year the year that you challenge yourself to step out of your normal clique by getting your swipe on.

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