Austin College introduces its very own iPhone app

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

SHERMAN, TX - Austin college now has it's very own iPhone app. And while many colleges have their own apps, this one was developed by students, for students, right inside the classrooms of Austin College.

"It's a pretty cool feeling," said Austin College senior Ryan Gant. "Not many people have something on the App Store."

Freshmen students won't be the only new addition to Austin College this year. The college is now sporting it's very own iPhone app. It's called the Austin College App and its available for free on the itunes App Store. It was developed by five computer science students in a programming course last fall. Senior Ryan Gant spear headed the project.

"I wanted to make it to where freshmen on campus would have some sort of reference to where their first days on campus would be easy," Gant said. They could find buildings, find faculty, making it easy to navigate around the place."

It features a campus map, news feed, and bus route finder just to name a few things. Gant says having just five students in the class was essential to allowing them to communicate freely. "Our classes were kind of like design meetings. We all just got together. "We first learned the language and then all just got together and designed the app."

The app was the brainchild of assistant professor Aaron Block. He says he thinks Austin College is the only campus with it's own student made college app. "One of the things which makes this app so special is that it was designed by Austin College students. So, they know what they want and did an exceptional job making it happen."

Block says that they plan on adding more features in the future and that he's proud of his students and the ability to now say:

"Austin College. There's an app for that."

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