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University of Georgia Rolls Out New App

The UGA mobile app is available for both Android and Apple devices.
The UGA mobile app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

The University of Georgia in Athens, GA has introduced a new app specifically for students, faculty and campus visitors.

The new app, available for both Apple and Android phones, can do everything from help users find a parking spot on campus or an available printer, to telling them when the next bus can pick them up or let them know what's for lunch at the student union.

The app is now available for download from Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for iOS devices.

Among the features available on the new app:

  • A campus transit bus tracker that will let users know when the next bus will be near their location on campus. Users can save favorite bus stops to get schedules quickly and it will show 360-degree photos of each bus stop for users looking for one in a part of campus they're not necessarily familiar with;
  • A food service meal planner to help decide which of the dining commons users want to eat at that day by telling them about the menus at each one, their nutritional value and real-time capacity percentages so users know which ones they won't have to wait in lines for;
  • Athletic team news and scores, to keep up with all University of Georgia sports teams;
  • A campus map and building search, which allow usersto create a custom map of the buildings and locations they use most;
  • Parking information that allows users to register for parking passes, pay citations and find out about real-time parking availability at specific lots and garages;
  • Student account information that allows students to pay all university bills via the app;
  • An e-learning commons that provides access to class materials and assignments via the mobile device; and
  • People search so users can get contact information for all students, faculty and staff as well as a list of emergency phone numbers.

"The UGA mobile app will make the literal and figurative navigation of campus much easier," said Jim Thompson, vice president of the University of Georgia Student Government Association.

THE UGA mobile app implementation is a joint initiative by the Student Government Association and the university's Enterprise Information Technology Services.

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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