By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, June 21, 2012, 04:45 PM EDT
Summer is here and college students are once again hunting for summer jobs. Unfortunately, as news reports these past weeks have shown, this is the third summer in a row where jobs are scarce and college students have to compete with graduates forced into low-paying positions due to the unemployment crisis.
Some single college students have taken matters into their own hands by turning their summer loneliness into a full-time summer job. According to WhatsYourPrice.com, the world’s first and only dating auction website, the number of college students registering to date-for-dollars has tripled in the past two months.
“In the past two months, over 20,000 college students in the U.S. have signed up for an account on WhatsYourPrice.com where they are paid to go on first dates,” says Brandon Wade, the website’s founder & CEO. “Most college students are single and many actively date during the summer. Our website provides a way for them to monetize their romantic pursuits.”
On WhatsYourPrice.com, college students make up approximately 35% of the website’s 400,000 members. College students receive a free premium membership upgrade when they register with their dot-EDU email addresses. According to the website, college members go on an average of 5.4 first dates a week and receives an average of $121.00 for each date.
Using the dot-EDU email addresses collected via the website, WhatsYourPrice.com has published the Top 25 Dating-For-Dollar Universities:
1.) Georgia State University
2.) Kent State University
3.) New York University
4.) Temple University
5.) University of Central Florida
6.) Florida International University
7.) University of Southern Florida
8.) Arizona State University
9.) University of California, Los Angeles
10.) University of Georgia
11.) University of Houston
12.) Indiana University
13.) University of Southern California
14.) University of Delaware
15.) Texas State University
16.) California State University
17.) University of Buffalo
18.) Virginia Commonwealth University
19.) Tulane University
20.) University of California, Davis
21.) University of Hawaii
22.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas
23.) Michigan State University
24.) University of Florida
25.) University of Alabama
“In this economy, many college students struggle to find summer jobs. Those who are fortunate enough to land a minimum-wage job struggle to find work-life balance,” says Wade, who holds a BS and MBA from MIT. “WhatsYourPrice.com provides single college students the best of both worlds. They get paid for their time and they get to enjoy their summer at other peoples’ expenses.”
For more information regarding WhatsYourPrice.com, please visit our website.
WhatsYourPrice.Com is the world’s premiere dating auction website where over 400,000 members buy-and-sell first dates. Launched in March 2011 by Brandon Wade, the site incentivizes the opportunities for first dates, as well as eliminates the superficial standards created by traditional online dating. Wade, an MIT graduate, envisioned a dating community where sincerity is measured by the generosity of the members, thus “leveling the playing field” and enabling any user to date an attractive member. The website has been featured on various media outlets including Anderson, TIME, Forbes, The O’Reilly Factor, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Huffington Post, FOX, and The Chicago Tribune.
other College students registering for an online dating profile on WhatsYourPrice.com using their college issued dot-EDU email address will automatically enjoy the benefits of a free premium membership upgrade (a $30 a month value) and profile certification.
A certified college coed profile will be marked with a unique stamp, allowing other members to know the profile belongs to a real college student. A free premium upgrade will allow college students to receive more first date offers from potential suitors, and provide them access to features such as “name your price” dating, premium profile placements and advanced search. Premium profiles on WhatsYourPrice.com receive an average of over 3 times more first date offers than free profiles.