Apps keep active Trojans in the loop
With the second semester in full swing, USC student life can, at times, feel overwhelming. But thanks to the modern world of smartphones and at-your-fingertips technology, there are plenty of USC-tailored apps to make their day a bit easier.
Whether it’s a walk to the gym for a workout or the Galen Center to cheer on the basketball team, Trojans can check out the following free apps, each specifically tailored to student life. From on-campus transportation schedules to real-time statistics, there’s truly something for everyone.
GreekLink: One of the newest USC devices to hit the iTunes App Store, this is an event-based application that allows users to keep up with sorority and fraternity event calendars. Created by USC student Noah Johnson, GreekLink launched in January with intentions of serving as “the key to fostering new relationships within greek communities.”
With the communal and private aspects of GreekLink, users can view and share a calendar of all greek-life events on campus as well as receive private, real-time push notifications from personal chapter administrators.
Sorority representative Danielle Norton works to promote the app in her chapter and across campus.
“[The app] links everyone together so that people aren’t scrambling for information,” she said.
Apps Galore: USC Hospitality has partnered with Tapingo on an easy-to-use iPhone or Android app that lets students order their meals in advance for pickup or delivery. Participating campus restaurants are indicated by a Tapingo logo on the USC Hospitality website.
GymFlow: Created by USC students who wanted to avoid wait times for workout machines at the Lyon Center, GymFlow helps users figure out the best time to beat the crowds and head to the gym. The app uses real-time information from ID swipes as students enter the Lyon Center to provide in-the-moment traffic stats as well as predict future trends, which enables users to plan their workouts for upcoming weeks.
Molly First checks GymFlow frequently.
“I use GymFlow to predict when I should hit the gym. I’m really busy, so it’s important that when I do have time to work out, I am able to do so at the least crowded times,” she said.
Jimmy Liu ’13 launched the app in early 2013 and, less than one year later, he’s expanded his business to UCLA and California State University, Los Angeles. What began as a student startup is now an up-and-coming app for collegiate gym-goers. One satisfied customer reviewed GymFlow on the iTunes App Store with an enthusiastic five stars and wrote, “It’s become my go-to resource when I’m looking for my next fitness class or deciding when to hit the machines.”
USC Transportation: Brought to you by USC Auxiliary Services, this official USC Transportation app provides real-time information and hours of operation for on-campus buses, shuttles, campus cruisers and Zipcars. With accurate information 24 hours a day, students can use the “Services Nearby” feature to locate the nearest available transportation option based on their GPS location.
With maps of each transportation route, they can easily track the nearest bus or shuttle in just seconds. The app even works with Campus Cruiser, allowing users to track the status of a specific cruiser or cancel a cruiser.
Heading off campus? Use the app for USC Transportation partnership information, such as Zipcar (car sharing), Zimride (ride matching) and Enterprise (rental cars). With a 3.8 star rating on the iTunes store, the device is a handy reference for the USC student on the go.
USC Trojans Gameday: The official USC Athletics department app is the ideal source for on-campus information before, during and after the events. Whether fans are headed to the Coliseum, Galen Center or simply need to know the score, this app has you covered. Users can check out their seat location before the game, save their parking spot location for easy postgame access, search official USC sporting events around campus, check out live score and stat updates during games and keep up with the official USC Athletics blog and Twitter feeds.
The most spirited of Trojans can also book a future game at the USC ticket marketplace and use the detailed maps of the Coliseum and Galen Center — complete with seating charts, concession stands, restrooms and gate locations.
Also at the disposal of students: a USC Welcome Week App and a Trojan Family Weekend App for real-time event updates, customizable scheduling and news highlights.
In the works: An Engemann Health Center App that will allow students to make appointments, “secure message” their health care providers, check their immunization records and even check in when they enter the health center.
And come fall, there will be the Perfect Trojan App, exclusively devoted to the USC Trojan Football team’s 2014 season.