December 3, 2010 | Suzanne Shaffer | Leave a comment Colleges are recognizing the need to embrace the age of hand held technology and have begun to create apps for prospective and current students to help them navigate the college maze more effectively using their iPhone, Droid or other smartphone. Campus Maps Many colleges are creating apps to be used during campus tours and to familiarize yourself with their campus layouts before you visit. Colleges like University of New Haven, Stanford University and University of Florida have created apps to help students navigate their way around campus. YourCampus360 is creating apps for colleges to use to promote their campuses while taking students on a 3D virtual walking tour of the campus. College Life Colleges are creating apps for students that are easily downloaded on iTunes. These apps provide news about campus life, student activities and events, and additional information related to academics. Do a search on iTunes for your college choices to see if they provide a free app for easy download to your smartphone. Test Prep Test prep apps are also available to prepare you for the SAT, ACT and SAT Subject tests. Most charge a fee for download, but some are free and can be helpful in pumping up your vocabulary and math formula skills for the tests. Application Status Some colleges, like the University of Georgia, are providing apps for students to download to their phones and check the status of their applications. Check out the specific college sites for app availability. Cost Calculators There are apps available to help you determine your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) based on the formula derived from the FAFSA. Grade Trackers There are apps available to track your grades and calculate your GPA with graphs to show your progress. Essay Prep Do a search for apps available to help with your college essay preparation. The apps provide topic prompts, word suggestions, and help with essay and writing instructions. Colleges are recognizing the need to provide prospective students with the tools they need to navigate the college admissions process easily and effectively. What is your favorite app to help with the college admissions process?