Published September 3, 2010
How would you like to meet Phillip?
Want to date a Harvard man? Without dropping some $54,000 a year for a Harvard education?
DateHarvardSquare is a new website, founded by Harvard grads, “matching discerning women with Harvard University educated men.” Men can join free; women have to pay a monthly fee.
I immediately tried to sign up, of course, but the registration page requires a verified harvard.edu e-mail address. So I signed up as a “Woman interested in Harvard men,” but the site says it is not yet accepting women subscribers.
Meanwhile, you can preview some of the available Harvard men, including Phillip, 28:
- Harvard School, Degree, and Graduation Year: Harvard Business School, MBA, 2010
- Current Occupation: Enterpreneur [sic]
- Favorite Sports: Tennis, Golf
- Favorite Music: House, Classical
How much will it cost for ladies? Not disclosed yet. “Our subscription fees are in line with major matching based dating sites such as E-Harmony,” according to the FAQ. (An eHarmony subscription costs $60 per month.)
The response among Bostonians is, as far as I can tell, universal revulsion. I won’t repeat the word that every single person says upon learning of the site, but the word starts with a D.
@fishno12 on Twitter responds:
i’m glad that places like dateharvardsq exist, if only to cordon off the [word that starts with a D] from the rest of the population
In a hilarious and excoriating response, Above the Law blogger Elie Mystal recalls:
In my day, we didn’t need fancy websites to help Harvard men hook up with desperate women. We just went to BU parties and chewed with our mouths closed.
Reminds me of the infamous Craigslist posting from a Harvard senior seeking a date (“Tufts or Wellesley but BU and BC are acceptable (definitely not MIT)”).
Would you pay to get matched up with a Harvard man? Please, please make me laugh in the comments.
Update: Yes, it’s real. Jay Levitt, a commenter on Universal Hub, dug up the corporation filing and trademark record. The registered owners are Beri Meric and Phillip Triebel, of Cambridge.