(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.
Spira, who tried online dating in 1994 before and existed, explained that people now feel comfortable talking to others and forming relationships online. it wouldn't have allowed online dating to really become what I feel is now social dating," she said.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project surveyed the number of online daters in 2006.
Karent Zorogastua, a second-year grad student at Columbia's School of Public Health with a hectic schedule, registered with but stopped after guys she was not interested in contacted her.
"There was one guy who looked like Flavor Flav, and I was like, 'Oh no, this is not working for me,' " she said.
That's the beauty of Date My School, says Julie Spira, an online dating expert and author of "The Perils of Cyber Dating." "A student at GW might want to meet someone to date at American University," she said.
"Now, it's both technically and geographically possible for them to find love online." College: hookups in, dating out The site fills a void for college students in the online dating world.
While Date My School's creators want to distance themselves from Facebook, Spira credits it for lifting the stigma surrounding online dating.
But Date My School has inched its way in and formed a niche for students searching for a boyfriend or girlfriend who shares the same educational goals and understands school comes first on the priority list.
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.
"They think that if they go to a bar, it is still more easy to get a date," he said.
But for students who are swamped with hours of studying and lab research, meeting someone at a bar or party is just not that simple when there's no time to socialize.