Need to access your University of North Georgia (UNG) email on the go? Wondering what athletic events might be coming up? Have to check a course listing on short notice or browse the university bookstore? The new UNG app can do all this and more.
UNG Mobile, the official UNG app, enables prospective and current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to connect to UNG anywhere, anytime, providing convenient access to UNG campus maps, news, events, directories, athletics, course listings, shuttle and parking updates, and more. Prospective students or parents can also find information on UNG degrees and programs, visiting a campus, financial aid, Corps of Cadets and other resources.
"The need for our students and other university constituents to access information while mobile is ever-growing," said Joanie Chembars, web communications manager for UNG's Office of University Relations. "This new app provides our entire UNG community and the public at-large a fast and convenient way to stay in touch."
In one three-week study by Mashable.com of real-time mobile phone use, 49 percent of users ages 18-29 used a mobile device to solve an unexpected problem, and 77 percent of college students used their phone to read email, while 67 percent used it to search for specific information. Another study by the University of Colorado at Boulder showed that 53 percent of college students own smartphones, and 47 percent own feature phones. Of those with smartphones, 65 percent use their device to access news, and 82 percent use them for school-related tasks.
"This app really pulls the most important things that our broad range of constituents need into one place," said Dr. Janet Marling, vice president for student affairs. "Students will greatly benefit from it, especially during the notoriously busy time that is the beginning of fall semester, when they are adjusting to new schedules, faces and places."
UNG Mobile was developed through a collaboration between the Office of Information Technology and the Office of University Relations. The UNG Student Government Associations also assisted in developing requirements for the app.
This new app replaces the older version; users need to delete the old app and install the new one. The app can be downloaded from UNG's website, Google Play, or iTunes. Mobile users can also search for "University of North Georgia" on the latter two sites to locate the app.