This year, the student-run CarolinaGo app has extended its services by adding a ConnectCarolina option to the app.
CarolinaGo provides services such as University news, a calendar, map, bus tracker, dining hall information and even schedules for athletic events.
Diana Dayal, a member of the student team for CarolinaGo, explained that the addition of ConnectCarolina to the app was the next logical step.
“ConnectCarolina has been something that has been on our radar for a really long time,” Dayal said.
Immediately after the team launched the app in fall 2014, students began asking if they could sign up for classes on it.
“People want something they are going to use and ConnectCarolina is something we have to use,” said Brent Comstock, managing director of CarolinaGo.
Team members said downloads have spiked since the inclusion of the ConnectCarolina section. Kate Hash, manager of ITS communications, is confident the mobile ConnectCarolina option has helped promote the app.
“Up until Friday, our largest download month had been 600 downloads of the app. On Friday alone, we had 2,000,” Hash said. “It is clear that ConnectCarolina is adding a value to the app and that the students are now discovering the app because they want to use ConnectCarolina.”
The CarolinaGo team trained orientation leaders this summer to provide freshmen with information about the app. Parents of freshmen also received information about the app during the parent session.