The Tinder U interface for college students.

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Tinder adopts new .edu feature for classist swiping

Tinder U is a game-changer—for better or worse.


Samantha Grasso


My first introduction to Tinder came from my freshman roommate, but even then I managed to stay off the dating app until my junior year. Now, swiping left and right on your peers is practically an elective class, and Tinder’s latest feature is on students’ lists for back-to-school necessities.

On Monday, the company announced a new feature called Tinder U, basically, a dating “filter” for students at four-year, accredited, not-for-profit schools in the U.S. that only shows them other peers and students from surrounding similar schools.

All you need is a .edu email from your university. Once you’re on campus, you’ll be prompted to opt-in to the service and enter in the university email address. It’s very reminiscent of the early days of Facebook when only users with .edu addresses could join. Only students using the Tinder U feature can shed the classism and toggle the “filter” off to show their profile to other people who aren’t students.

Like other exclusive dating apps such as the League, the filter boils single people into intelligence and worth, and as a result, desirability.

“Need a study buddy? Not a problem. Coffee date on the quad? We’ve got you covered,” Tinder’s blog announcement states, completely deadpanning at the suggestion that Gen Z will use Tinder to find anything more than a hookup. “Freshman year and you don’t know a soul? This is your ticket to the coolest crowd on campus. Let’s face it—it doesn’t get any classier than this.”

Like with any other kind of technology designed to better facilitate life’s tedious interactions, the Olds are questioning why college students would need such a dating app feature, or dating apps in the first place. Don’t they have classes and parties where they can meet people? Whatever happened to the good ol’ days of getting someone’s number and never texting them back?

Meanwhile, the Gen Z’ers are kind of loving the idea of being able to swipe through a series of people without running into “townies.”

But, they’re also realizing that running into people they’ve rejected on campus may not be worth the benefits of Tinder U.

Others are more worried about the specifications of Tinder U’s “filter.” All you need is proximity to campus and a .edu email address, meaning that anyone who previously attended or taught at the university could easily hop on the feature. Additionally, Tinder isn’t currently verifying current enrollment, nor age (though, college students aren’t only 18-22, and users would theoretically still be able to set their age preference even while using Tinder U).

Unfortunately, Tinder U is only available on iOS devices for now. While that doesn’t help Android users get their campus swipe game on, Apple users who are sticklers for green text bubbles are in luck.

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