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Screenshot from the free SCSU Tour application

Screenshot from the free St. Cloud State University Tour application.

Photo of displayed on an iPhone Screenshot of, SCSU's new mobile website Screenshot from the free SCSU Tour application Screenshot from the SCSU Tour application 

St. Cloud State University's new mobile website is a collection of tools and information re-purposed for smart phones and other wireless mobile devices.

Simpler, faster and formatted for smaller screens, targets the 50,000 mobile-device users that visit the university's traditional website each month.

The site offers campus maps, news stories, events, Husky Athletics scores and Google-based search of the website.

"Our expectation is that mobile-device users will switch to the mobile site for fast access to information," said Jeff Wood, director of web communications.

"In the near term, our website will remain the flagship provider of university news and information," said Loren Boone, assistant vice president of marketing and communications. "Down the road, we may see the lines between mobile and traditional websites blur in the same way tablet devices have blurred the lines between hand-held and desktop computers."

St. Cloud State is among the 5 percent of American colleges and universities that have mobile websites, according to Boone.

Dave Olsen, publisher of the Mobile in Higher Ed website, says more than 160 American colleges and universities have mobile websites. Olsen is a programmer/project manager at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The U.S. has nearly 3,000 four-year colleges and universities, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a federal agency in the Department of Education.

The mobile site is part of a larger mobile-communication effort that began in February with the launch of the St. Cloud State University Tour application. The free application is available on devices using the iOS 4.0 and newer operating system and the Android 1.5 and newer operating system.

In February 2011, more than 90 percent of the mobile visitors to used devices running Apple's iOs or Google's Android operating systems.

The tour application delivers interactive maps linked to videos. The videos are streamed, which saves hard-drive space.

  • Learn more about the tour application for Android
  • Learn more about the tour application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad on iTunes is developed by staff at Learning Resources & Technology Services, located in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center.

The Office of Admissions collaborated with BarZ Adventures Inc., Austin, Texas, to create the St. Cloud State University Tour.

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