(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.Students today are busier than ever, especially with more of them having to work to help pay for tuition.Between classes, work, student groups and hanging out with friends, it’s hard to find time for dating.
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.(For women, it's the University of Minnesota, Duluth; for men, it's also IUP.) And the "hottest" Ivy turned out to be Dartmouth College. It all comes down to something called the "hotness index," you see.Date My School's marketing director, Shreshth Dugar, told The Atlantic Wire on Thursday that the site divided the number of users who had uploaded and saved a picture of themselves by the number of profiles that other users on the same campus had bookmarked using the website's interface.Still, the the numbers the site has collected are even more revealing than last year. It is their first instinct," Dugar explained, although he acknowledged that "attractive" doesn't necessarily imply physical beauty, a notion built into the index: "Hotness is subjective ... There is finally a dating website that will tell you which college has the hottest student body. The website rated the hotness of certain schools not by any subjective voting measure, but by the photos most frequently downloaded off the site, assuming those were the most attractive people.