From my experience at an American university, I understand that dating in the U. is a lot more spontaneous and relies a lot less on checking every detail about the other person.
Love is found, and dismissed, very casually and almost according to the preferences of the particular day.
Making a “date” commits you to doing something, such as going to a movie, going dancing or having dinner.
From buying a woman dinner to opening a door for her, many of today's courting rituals are rooted in medieval chivalry.
During medieval times, the importance of love in a relationship emerged as a reaction to arranged marriages, but was still not considered a prerequisite in matrimonial decisions.
In a college setting, you may be used to just “hanging out” with others.
While sitting and talking is perfectly normal among platonic friends, on a date, you should plan on actually engaging in some enjoyable activity.