Mobile Apps Keep Alumni Communities Connected

Anyone with a smartphone knows what it's like to have just about any information they could possibly need right in the palm of their hands. Recognizing the benefits of this, many colleges now have mobile apps, including ones that focus specifically on their alumni communities.

Apps Focus on Alums

The company Caps & Compass has created a set of mobile apps called 'Crib Sheet' that are made for particular schools like Cornell, Drew University, Kent State University, Northwestern College, St. Joseph's University and the University of Tampa. School-specific information on these apps includes alumni events or benefits, general campus news and a school newsfeed. The apps, which are free for users, also include general information about money, housing and health insurance, among other topics. Schools that decide to get a 'Crib Sheet' app can customize it with their name, icon and colors.

Outside of the Caps & Compass apps, there are many others targeting alums. For example, the University of California at San Diego has the UCSD Alumni app where users can access Alumni Association news, find out about upcoming alumni events and even search for other graduates by zip code. Other colleges and universities offer similar apps so graduates can find out about alumni news and events.

Alumni-related apps have even been created to focus on more specific topics. Cornell has a mobile app for its alumni magazine so grads can access stories right on their phone. Some schools have even created mobile apps for special events like reunions or homecoming weekends.

Why Target Alumni?

Many higher education institutions have more general apps where students, employees or just fans can find out what's happening on campus. However, alumni frequently look for specific information about reunions or discounts they are entitled to that may not be readily available on an app targeting a wider variety of people. Mobile apps just for alums give them a place to go to get the information that's most important to them.

These apps also increase a school's chances of keeping connected to its grads. In what is now a technology driven world, fewer and fewer people pay attention to their 'snail mail,' but an increasing amount rely on their phones to provide them with information. A mobile app specifically for alumni gives schools another outlet to try to reach people.

The Reasons Alums Should Use These Apps

With all the e-mails you get on a daily basis, it's hard to keep track of them all, so even if you are on your school's alumni list it's easy to miss their updates. Having the app on your phone means you can conveniently look while you're waiting for the bus or on your lunch break. Keeping in touch with your school is always a good idea since you can get connected with other grads, attend special events or even take advantage of special offers.

Mobile apps can also help you stay connected to your favorite college sports team.

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