Mobile UW: U. of Wisconsin-Madison iPhone App

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a free iPhone app for students, staff and faculty.

University debuts free application for iPhone users

It provides a staff and student directory, campus map, events calendar, campus bus routes, safety information and university news. The bus routes component lets the user search for stops near their location.

As a dad with a teenager starting to look at various colleges, I think these kinds of apps also provide a valuable tool to high schoolers and parents too. While only relatively large universities can probably afford to develop mobile platform specific apps, I hope smaller institutions invest in developing mobile friendly websites for their current and potential students. On a personal note, if you all could get this done by the summer of 2012 when we head off for a summer tour of potential universities and colleges, I’d appreciate it 🙂

Mobile UW 1.0 (iTunes App Store)