In a Nutshell
- Sophisticated matchmaking algorithm
- 41% success rate
- Success guarantee
- Free account is limited
Best for pet types: Academic singles looking for a serious relationship
User base: 51% male - 49% female
Number of members: 1 million, 24,000 new members daily
Recommended age: 35-54
Favourite features: JUST ask
Partner Love Stories
Not everyone is successful using online dating, but the better the service, the more likely you are to find love. Here’s what some real users on Academic Singles have to say about the site and service:
What I was looking for
“I was bored having to search through so many unsuitable profiles on other sites, but with Academic Singles it was different. My matches actually ticked my boxes, I got messages from people that I wanted to meet because they matched me and my interests.” - Sarah, 35, Essex
Love across the miles
“I hadn't been a Premium Member for long when I connected with someone and even though we lived in different counties, because we got on so well we decided to meet up and really hit it off. It doesn't matter where you live when you meet your love.” - Glynn, 56, Manchester
Academic Singles did it for me
“ We met last year on Academic Singles. As an older lady I wasn't sure what to expect about online dating, but because we were matched on our education and interests it was very easy to chat. After some time we agreed to meet and we couldn't have got on better. We took it slowly but it was worth the wait and we know we've found real love.” -Jackie, 51, London
The questionnaire worked for me
“ We joined Academic Singles at the same time and although we had many other matches, we had lots in common, more than with any other match. So we got chatting online and then decided to meet up after a few days. Even though we were apprehensive about meeting each other, when we met we just started laughing and felt like we'd known each other for ages.” - Laura, 35, London
Signing up with Academic Singles is extremely fast and simple. One thing we didn’t like is that you can’t skip the basic profile questions. You have to answer them to access the site. This is because Academic Singles uses these answers to aggregate appropriate matches for you. If you don’t fill out any of your profile, there won’t be anything to match you with, so it’s rather pointless. Besides, the questions don’t take long at all.
After you fill in your email address and choose a password, you’ll be taken through a series of questions about yourself, including your personality and what type of love interest you are seeking. The answers are then used in the scientific matchmaking process (so be honest). It’ll also ask you basic questions about your appearance, lifestyle, and preferences. The whole process takes just a few minutes. Then you can go in and add more to your profile, like pictures or answers to more detailed questions.
Matchmaking & Search Functions
Once you complete your profile, you have a few choices. Academic Singles will suggest several matches that fit your criteria. You can browse through the profiles to see if you like someone that’s been suggested, add them to your favourites list, or send them a message. We were impressed with Academic Singles’ profile pages. They put a lot of the important information front and centre in a clear list or icon format. It’s neat, organized, and informative without overwhelming you.
What’s more, Academic Singles has a great compatibility meter on the side of each profile called the Academic Singles Index. This is an indicator of how compatible you 2 are based on complex calculations that are made from yours and others given answers to the profile questions. The Academic Singles Index gives you a good idea of how well the 2 of you “harmonise,” and whether or not to continue pursuing this prospect. The index was developed in conjunction with psychologists and sociologists and is heavily based on 60+ years of research done on relationships and personalities. In short, this is one smart algorithm.
Alternatively, you can use the quick look option. This’ll show you a picture of another member, and you can click “like” or “not like” to accept or dismiss a profile and go on to the next one. This feature is a great way to quickly skim through lots of profiles. So, if you don’t have time or patience to pore over loads of profiles, this is your best bet.
Self-searches are easy to administer. You can put in the specific search criteria you’re looking for, delete search results, and even save your searches for later.
Features & Communication Tools
Academic Singles lets you communicate with other members through unlimited text messaging (for Premium account holders). You can send a message to any profile and respond likewise. Alternatively, you can use the JUST ask feature. This feature is like an ice-breaker and great for people who don’t know how to start conversations. You can choose from a list of questions to send to another member to get the ball rolling.
There aren't many bells and whistles on this dating site, and that’s probably intentional. Most professionals aren’t looking for cute, gimmicky features. They want to find and communicate with other educated singles, and that’s exactly what Academic Singles focuses on enabling you to do. No frills needed.
Safety & Security
Signing up for an account with Academic Singles is the only logical choice if you want to use the service for dating. That’s because while a free account will let you set up a personal profile, take the personality test, and even upload pictures, that’s where the fun stops. Upgrade to a for-pay account if you want to see other profiles’ pictures, send unlimited messages, read your messages, see who’s checking you out, and communicate with members you’ve put on your favourites list.
Help & Support
Academic Singles doesn’t have much in the way of customer support. You can email them with questions or problems, and there is an extensive FAQ section that is helpful.
Find Love on Academic Singles
Academic Singles is a great way for intellectual and educated singles to find other like-minded singles to date. The success rate for the site is so high because everyone coming here is on the same page: looking for a serious relationship, and not interested in all the rubbish that comes with other online dating sites. The pricing structure is reasonable compared to industry standards, and using the site is neat, clean, and smooth. All in all, Academic Singles receives full marks for being a professional, easy-to-use, and successful online dating option for elite singles.