Academy of Art University

HTML5 mobile app created for iOS and Android for use by 25,000 students in managing school transportation and curriculum

Challenge: Improve Service Offering to Students

  • Improve overall student experience at the University
  • Classes held in over 40 buildings located throughout the eastern and southern sections of San Francisco
  • Private bus transit system was challenging to navigate due to traffic and road maintenance detours
  • No easy way for students to access up-to-the-minute bus info on the go

Solution: Social, Mobile Student Experience App

  • App built with jQuery Mobile HTML5 on with native components for both iOS and Android
  • App publicly listed on iTunes and GooglePlay
  • Allows students to interact with each other, faculty and staff
  • Transit functionality delivers real-time updates for bus service supporting 12,000 on-campus students, including: bus schedules, bus routes on google map, and real-time locations of buses as they travel San Francisco streets displayed on google map
  • Continuously updated university information provided to students via mobile device for class schedules, events, news feeds
  • Student data stored in
  • Integrations with student data via Cast Iron with PeopleSoft, transit data with Teletrac and SSO with Pingidentity

Results: Student-friendly Services

  • 5,000+ downloads upon launch, within first 2 weeks
  • Mass market strategy for adoption with 9,100 unique visitors, 120,000 page views and 92% of traffic from returning visitors
  • Completely personalized student experience with continually updated University information including class schedule and history, campus news and events, dynamic transit map and trip planner