Millersville University has one of the best mobile apps for colleges in the country, according to one national publication.
The app, developed by recent graduate Ryan Garchinsky, ranks up there with those offered by the University of Alabama, Vanderbilt University, the University of Delaware and other major universities, as recently determined by EdTech magazine.
"It is really fun to get recognition along those lines among some of those heavyweights," said Chip German Jr., vice president for information resources.
The list was for "10 Colleges With Awesome Android Apps," as the magazine lauded colleges that "created an excellent app experience."
The free app, available on Android and iPhone/iPad platforms, makes it easy to find all things Millersville. There are quick links to campus email and facility hours as well as a campus map, a staff directory, an athletic schedule and more.
German said the university is proud Garchinsky, who graduated last spring, developed the app during his time here, as he can "claim this on his resume" and be an example of what incoming Millersville students can accomplish.
Job offers: Garchinsky, a native of Chester County, said he already has received multiple job offers, including one from Apple, since he graduated.
The app was created in part so he could teach himself how to develop one. And he and his friends also wanted an easier way to find information without clicking through Millersville's website.
"It would be a pain in the butt to do that on your phone," said Garchinsky, 22.
Michael Dulay, Millersville's application services manager, said the app came out about a year ago and seems to be widely used.
Although it's intended for students, faculty and staff seemed interested in using it too, he said. Garchinsky estimates the app has been downloaded several thousand times so far.
The first: Millersville is the first among the 14 state universities to develop its own app. German said he hopes some prospective students will discover the app and be more inclined to keep Millersville on their radar.
"People won't make the choice to come here because of this thing, but it sparks that moment of interest in an Internet world where interest is fleeting," German said. "Because of the quality work done by a student and the central IT staff, we have that attention for that critical moment."
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