App for University Rankings

Univ by Jovan

There comes that dreaded time when all high school seniors will be looking at colleges, studying application forms while writing personal essays and sitting for standardised tests such as SATs. Yes, it’s what you either hate or love. Choosing where you want to go to college is an extremely personal — and frequently stressful — decision that teens and their families have to make. There is one app that makes finding a college a little simpler. Today’s young adults rely heavily on technology, so this new app will fit right into increasing technology use.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings offers the most comprehensive and robust comparison of 500 of the top universities in the world. The official app for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010/2011 gives students, parents and academics a comprehensive overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each university, and a chance to access a full countdown of the world’s top universities.

Designed as an invaluable resource for prospective and current undergraduates, postgraduates and academics, the iPhone app also offers its users the ability to:

– Filter the rankings data by continent, country, region, cost of living and cost of tuition fees
– View the world’s best universities on a customisable map- Share their favourite universities on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail
– Create their own shortlist of universities to carry with them wherever they go
– ‘Like’ their favourite universities and compete against fans of other institutions
– Participate in bi-monthly polls on different aspects of the rankings

After using this app for a while, I find it very useful. I wish I had an app like this in my years before college! What make this app stand out from the rest is how users can manipulate the data to suit their needs and priorities. For example, if you want to attend a research university in Asia, you can put those factors in the app and see what the top Asian research universities are. Not to mention, this app is very organized and very easy to use. You are easily able to see all the colleges you are interested in all in one place! Because the app uses data retrieved from the Thompson Reuters 2010 to 2011 world university rankings application, there is a massive database updated with the latest rankings as well as profiles and contact details of 500 of the world’s top universities.

The app allows users see those top universities on a custom map, create their own shortlist of schools to take on the go, participate in polls concerning different parts of ranking, and even share the university info on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and requires iOS 3.0 and later. You can find World University Rankings in the Apple App Store for $4.99.