1,700 Wayne State University students have signed up this semester for Curius, the dating app where users can swipe in four directions to express an interest in other users. Curius chose Wayne State as the site of its first foray into the college market, and the Curius team, led by Harrit Diwan, will take what it learns from this experiment when Curius expands to new colleges, such as the University of Michigan and Michigan State, which are being considered as the next locations in Curius’ growth plan.
“It was an exciting thing to witness the Curius app’s launch on campus,” says Wayne State senior Trevor Sarhan, who is also helping Curius reach more students at WSU.
A student campus ambassador program has been helpful in spreading the word about Curius, along with the “Warrior Wednesday” feature in which a WSU user is showcased every week. “It’s become a familiar name here,” adds Grace Ryba, who participates in many student organizations at Wayne State. “People like that it’s catered to us, and the multi-directional swipe is a hot feature,” she says.
The difficulties presented by Covid have made Curius especially useful. “People are liking being able to match with other students, at a time when meeting people is extra-difficult,” said Trevor. “It seems like everyone I know on campus is swiping and chatting with people on Curius,” he added. A new “passport” feature, added by Curius during the semester, allows users to change their zip code, so that students who are studying off-campus as a Covid precaution can still match with those physically located at Wayne State.
Not only romances are being sparked on Curius. “I know a lot of girls who have used the app to find more female friends on campus.”