Designing Essential Apps for College Students: What to Consider?

In the modern world, it is difficult to imagine anyone, even an elementary school student, without a gadget, and even more so a college or university student. Continuous use of mobile devices has long made it possible to abandon desktop PCs, not only because of convenience and portability, but also because of the availability of useful apps.

Internet access is not enough to conduct a full-fledged educational activity, mastering sciences, taking exams and keep abreast of the latest updates in the schedule of an educational institution and innovations in the education system of a particular country.

Therefore, more and more advanced apps are emerging every day, allowing students to carry the entire school in their pocket and access it where they need it and when they need it.

LMS, dashboards, personal WordPress accounts, social media integrations, local educational systems, parent interface, AR, VR and other features of educational apps for college students require updates and improvements in a rapidly changing post-pandemic world. Therefore, developers and UX professionals need to be on the alert and address the needs and requirements of users when designing applications.

What functions should a useful app for students include?

Must-have features of any LMS for college students are:

  1. Sign in/Sign out system

This feature is mandatory, because in order to provide seamless app working, it is necessary to enter the student’s personal data, and this information must remain confidential. An app that does not have password protection and does not require logging in with a username and password to access the functionality is unlikely to attract users.

  1. Data security

In addition to the fact that your personal account should be protected from access by third parties by the password and login system, the data available there should also be protected with special encryption and various notifications (about password change, last activity, devices connected, etc.). The more secure your app is, the more users it will attract, and this very criterion will be a factor in determining the level of user retention.

  1. Offline access 

The ability to access offline, at least to the key system / app functions and files, is a must-have if you want to provide the best user experience. For example, watching video lectures, downloading documents, tracking progress stats and analytics, and similar functions should always be available.

But is the Internet connection a problem in 2021? In fact, there are many countries in the world where it is still a problem, or there is a connection, but it is too expensive for a student.

  1. Useful integrations

Cross-platform and cross-device integrations within local educational systems can be especially useful when passing exams to different educational institutions, participating in Olympiads and competitions, and other activities that require interaction with third-party platforms. For example, with this kind of integration, the results of your exams (SAT, ACT etc.) and contests will be available in all universities dashboards connected to your local LMS or app. If you have integrated with social media, you can also publish them in the feeds of educational projects that you’re interested in, without leaving the app.

  1. Contact information and 24/7 support 

This should include:

  • technical support in case of problems with app working,
  • campus medical assistance (911 or internal health care provider number)
  • the ability to order food from a local canteen
  • basic banking operations (replenishing internal personal account, paying for an exam / contest, purchasing educational materials).

These features may not be a must-have for educational apps or an LMS, but their presence will improve the user experience and bring the software to the top of the list of apps for college students.


The design and development of apps and other educational software will help to make the learning and teaching process much more effective, especially since the new realities have accelerated the shift towards online learning, and this trend will continue to grow.

High-quality software means not only progress in technology and design, but also in the education system.

Do not spare resources, because education is the future of every country and the world as a whole.