Two Guelph students create a dating site exclusive to students

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Written by U-date

In an age when we rely on social networking to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones, people are increasingly dependant Facebook and Twitter to keep track of people in their lives. But have you ever wanted a social networking site that would allow you to meet new people instead of just keeping in touch with those you have pre-existing relationships with?

Two students at the University of Guelph have created “U-Date,” the only dating site that offers students a chance to electronically connect with other students on their campus.

Jordan Dowdall and Natasha Varga-Papp are the creators and founders of U-Date.ca. Jordan is currently in the fourth year of his Real Estate and Housing degree and Natasha is in the fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. U of G student Justin Arnott is the web developer for U-Date.

Jordan and Natasha began preparation for U-Date.ca two years ago and officially launched the site in June 2011. The site is a part-time project for both Undergraduate students that have ambitions in helping students connect with individuals of similar interest.

In an interview with thecannon, Natasha described their drive for this project beginning when they “saw an opportunity in the market since Facebook is for people that you have already met [and the only other places to typically meet people] is at the bar and in class.”

Jordan expressed that “it is hard to meet new people,” but this site creates a space for students to meet and stay in contact with each other, even over the summer holidays.

U-Date differs from other social networking and dating sites because of the exclusivity involved in registering. Students must provide a valid email address from their respected University or College in order to gain access to the site. Students must also be between the age of eighteen and thirty. U-Date prides itself on allowing students to make connections with other students without dealing with the “creepers” found on many other dating sites.

But this isn’t just a dating site. University of Guelph students will benefit from this resource on many different levels. Natasha states that U-Date is “not just dating, [it also allows] people to find people within their program to study with, join intramurals, find an exercise partner, and connect with everyone on campus.” Jordan explains that the unique feature of this site is its ability to “move beyond facebook, which is used to keep track of people you know, [whereas] U-Date allows you to meet new people in a secured environment.”

Starting as a grass roots project in Guelph and spreading across thirteen schools within Canada, U-Date has been expanding in a very short period of time. The future of U-Date is promising as Natasha and Jordan have ambitions to “move into Europe and the United

States.” Jordan described future ambitions involving “an international platform, allowing students traveling internationally to make contacts when they are backpacking or studying abroad.”

U-Date is “not just for dating, it is a true social network.”

To find out more information about U-Date, visit U-Date.ca and check out their Facebook page “U-Date.ca – Keepin’ it on Campus.”

U-Date is always seeking motivated and talented students to assist with the site. If you are interested, contact Jordan and Natasha through U-Date.ca

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