The 5 best universities for mobile technology


4. University of Maryland College Park: The Computer Science program includes a course called “Programming the iPhone.” Upper-level students learn to develop programming software for the iPhone. Part of the university’s Mobility Initiative, the course encourage students to develop apps that can be used throughout the university. Students are given MacBooks during class time, and students who complete this course gain experience that employers are interested in utilizing when they graduate.

3. Stanford University: CourseRank, an app developed by Stanford students then sold privately, helps students choose the right courses by providing all the information they need in one place. CourseRank offers details on classes and professors. It features an official ranking system and an advice forum. Students can choose classes for a specific semester or create a four-year plan. The iApp Project, soon to be released in a pilot phase, gives students the chance to develop apps for their fellow classmates.

2. Seton Hill University: All full-time students receive an iPad Mini when they enter the university, and all undergraduate students are also given a Macbook Air under the Mobile Learning @ The Hill program. After two years, students’ iPads are replaced with an upgraded version. Students have no restrictions on the use of the technology, and may take the Macbooks and iPads with them when they graduate. The entire campus is wireless, and faculty are trained advanced technologies.

1. Ohio State University Columbus: The new OSU Mobile app features student grades, class schedules, navigation, and bus locator services. It also includes a campus alerts messaging service. With an extensive athletics program app, students can access the scores, stats, and schedules for their favorite university sports. The ParkMobile app allows smartphone users to pay for parking spaces from their phones, with the option to time on a meter. All apps are available on both iOS and Android. The university manages eight official applications.

eCampus News Staff