The lack of a fee might contribute to the more laid-back feel here; this matchmaker seems to require less of a commitment—both to the free site and the people on it.What's more, the overall experience is a bit more fun and informal than others.

JDate organizes about two local meet-and-greets a month. Date My School Price: Free Users: About 14,500 in NYC out of 22,000 total members Good for: Undergrads, graduates and alumni of certain universities who want to date within their academic sphere.

Currently, you can shop for love at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, NYU, the New School, Fordham and FIT, plus more schools in other cities.

We also allow users to add social-media feeds to their profile; we recommend doing so—those who include them get substantially more dates than those without." Alikewise Price: Free Users: About 2,000 in NYC (out of 12,000 total members)Good for: Bookworms.

Your profile includes all of the usual stuff, but also a list of books that mean the most to you and why.

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e Harmony Price: One month .95Users: 33 million Good for: Those who are willing to put in some serious effort in order to find a long-term relationship.You've seen the commercials—e Harmony is known for leading to successful, long-term relationships, and a study conducted by Harris Interactive in 2009 found that e Harmony marriages account for about 4 percent of weddings in the country.They do not take the search for a spouse lightly, and the site has you fill out an extremely thorough "relationship questionnaire" before seeing any potential dates.You'll then be walked through an optional four-stage guided-communication process before you engage in any free-flowing conversation with your would-be mates.Lavalife Price: Free through August 2011; paid subscriptions TBAUsers: Number undisclosed; the ration of men to women is about Good for: Finding people and connecting without the meddling of extreme matchmaking engines. Phil, Judge Judy, 60 Minutes, NFL football, and your favorite CBS shows.