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March 06, 2013

Naviance Student Removes Pain Points of College Admission Process

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Creativity is endless, and where better is this exemplified than in the app world?

There’s no dearth of apps, and yet it always seems that there’s place for another one. With smartphones and mobile devices becoming an integral part of student life and students wanting more out of them, Hobsons decided to indulge them with the launch of a free app – Naviance Student.

Naviance has always focused on schools and students, and the new student mobile app for the iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod touch is only an extension of that. It reportedly allows users to browse more than 4,200 college and university profiles, and meet application deadlines, paving the way for a smooth admission process.

Searching for colleges and planning visits are no longer time consuming tasks for Naviance Student, which not only helps students organize tasks associated with college search, but also encourages and enhances student communication with school counselors, teachers and families.

The Naviance Student program allows the exchange of messages between friends, family and counselors, and also allows them to schedule appointments to discuss college planning decisions. They can sync their tasks and other activities with the Web-based Naviance Family Connection portal so they'll have access to their information wherever they go.

According to the 2012 E-Expectations Report published by Noel-Levitz, it was revealed that 52 percent of college-bound students use their mobile devices during the college search process. This, coupled with the ‘immediacy trend’ that seems to have affected the student community, makes Naviance Student app a real boon.

Princeton City Schools, one of more than 20 schools institutions the app during a year-long pilot program, appeared to be impressed with Naviance Student.

"At Princeton City Schools, we believe technology levels the playing field for our students. We are excited to use the Naviance Mobile app since most of our students already use their mobile phones to access websites and social communities. The app will address another opportunity for us to help our kids with the college admission process," said William Sprankles, 6-12 principal, Princeton City Schools, Sharonville, Ohio.

The app is now available to all Naviance Network members and can be downloaded from the iTunes Appstore.

Edited by Braden Becker

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