(CNN) -- Though they had perhaps crossed paths several times on campus, it was only when Andy Lalinde was scrolling through images of cute girls online that the one with brunette hair standing in some South American country caught his eye. With nothing to lose, Lalinde wrote a funny message proclaiming his love for nurses and hit send. While they could have passed each other walking to class, it took -- an online dating website exclusively for college students -- to bring them together and officially exchange vows on April 29.
He opened her profile and saw her name was Michelle Przybyski. One walk of four hours with Lalinde's dog, Domino, around campus and a date at the library (that didn't really involve studying) later, the two Columbia University graduate students applied for a marriage license in New York just 10 days after meeting in person. With countless dating websites such as match.com, and okcupid.com, the online dating market is a bit crowded.
Results indicated that one in 10 Internet users have tried online dating sites.
Online dating tips The number is much higher today, according to Alexa, but people still avoid online dating because they're embarrassed or believe dating sites are a waste of time.
Some have compared it to Facebook -- pointing out that the social network was also open to only college students when it began.
But Alexa insists Date My School is not the next Facebook.
According to Spira, about 25% of users are 30 years or younger, and there's no guarantee they're college grads.
Date My School is the only dating site that specifies the user's alma mater.
Lara Hirner, a grad student at Columbia University's Teachers College, has gone on dates to the opera, Central Park and ice cream shops with guys she met on Date My School."Usually, people have a date within the same day they register," Alexa said."If you go to any other dating site, you have to have conversations with other people for weeks before you can be sure it's safe, that (the person) is not a freak." With Date My School, there's an initial trust that stems from choosing dates who share common interests and live on campus or attend a nearby school."We expanded in a similar manner that they did initially, but then they opened it up for everybody in the world," he said."We will never do that." Only students or alumni with an active university e-mail account can register on the site.