Appademy Awards

Recognizing the best higher-ed mobile apps of the year

In 2017, we introduced the first annual “Appademy Awards", recognizing higher-ed mobile apps that demonstrated innovation and thought leadership in several categories. The Appademy Awards will return for 2018, so be sure to nominate your favorite higher-ed app!

Best Recruiting & Admissions

Recognizing apps that integrate modules, personas, tours, and/or other features for prospective students.

The nominees:

  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Texas A&M
  • Indiana State University
  • University of Notre Dame

The winner: Indiana State University

Screen snapshot of ISU Mobile

ISU Mobile makes the admissions process a breeze for future students. The app includes a dedicated admissions module that enables users to explore a wealth of information, schedule campus visits, access helpful links, and contact admissions.

Once a student is admitted, the seamless admissions process continues in the app with a module dedicated to new student orientation.

Best Special Purpose Module

Recognizing apps that utilize modules to highlight special programs, groups, resources, and more.

The nominees:

  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • University of Central Florida
  • UMass Amherst
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Mississippi College
  • Pepperdine University
  • MMA

The winner: Maine Maritime Academy

MMA screen snapshot

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the institution created a beautiful module that highlighted MMA traditions, stories about the school’s history, and information on events like homecoming.

And this is just one exceptional example of the special purpose module. Throughout 2016, the MMA app was updated with other unique modules, including ones to promote the TSSOM cruise, commencement, and orientation.

Best Student Engagement App

Recognizing apps that engage students in unique and meaningful ways.

The nominees:

  • UMass Amherst
  • Harvard Shoestring Strategies
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • California State University, San Marcos

The winner: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC

The mobile app, CarolinaGo, not only helps students navigate campus, it celebrates learning, fun, and inclusiveness. Though the app is the result of a collaboration between a small student team and the school’s Information Technology Services department, it is essentially managed by students. What better way to create an app that truly meets students’ needs?

Most Innovative App for Communication

Recognizing apps that utilize personalized and timely push notifications and in-app banners to improve communication with students and/or various target audiences.

The nominees:

  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • FSU
  • CSUSM
  • UCF

The winner: California State University, San Marcos

CSUSM

During summer orientation in 2016, CSUSM soft launched its new mobile app as the go-to resource for all first-year students. When the rest of the student body returned in the fall, the app became an engagement and communication tool, which has since kept everyone informed about all things CSUSM.

Best Safety and Wellness App

Recognizing apps that promote health and wellness on campus.

The nominees:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Harvard Thrive
  • California State University, Northridge

The winner: Harvard: Thrive

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The Thrive app is a dedicated health and wellness app for graduate students across all of the Harvard schools. It includes emergency numbers, which can be reached directly from the app; provides information on a range of resources and events; and includes everyday information such as dining menus and shuttle schedules.

Best Student Developed App

Recognizing apps that empower students to become involved in the app development process, no matter one’s technical abilities.

The nominees:

  • Pacific University
  • Harvard Shoestring Strategies
  • Harvard Bliss
  • Arizona State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The winner: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC

Thanks to the small student team that manages CarolinaGo, fellow students, faculty, and staff at UNC can easily access dining options, a campus map, and walking directions, amongst other things. Today some 10,00 members of the UNC community use this student-developed mobile app. This is truly an experience for the students, by the students!

Best Use of Special Events Module

Recognizing apps that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, or visitors in a campus event.

The nominees:

  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Mississippi College
  • New Student Orientation

The winner: University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMASS

Every year, thousands of students descend upon UMass Amherst to move onto campus and complete new student orientation. While this can be a hectic and stressful time for many, last year UMass made life easy for first-year students with its mobile app, Living at UMass.

Students were provided helpful checklists for Move-In day, crucial information for first-week, and ongoing resources to guide them through their first year. Parents are encouraged to download the app as well.

Best Overall

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This year’s elite honor, Best Overall App, goes to University of Notre Dame!

The app, mobileND, is an essential resource with modules for maps, calendars, dining, academics, mobile resources, admissions, and sustainability–just to name a few.

Notre Dame creates a relevant and targeted experience for its many audiences by including separate editions of the app tailored for guests, current students, and alumni and friends.

In 2016, fresh and timely content, including modules for commencement and Notre Dame Day, kept users coming back for more.

Notre Dame’s collaboration strategy proved to be another key to success. Students were empowered to contribute to the app, and departments work cross-functionally and with IT to create a unique and relevant experience.

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