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Oohlala aims to school the university-specific app space with $4M A Round



There’s an app for everything these days, including attending college, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good app. Oohlala has changed that for hundreds of schools so far with its custom university-specific apps for students, and it’s looking to expand with a $4 million Series A round it announced today.

The attraction for both students and administrators is understandable, especially if you’ve had to navigate the labyrinths of overlapping websites, services, and apps that often form the online portion of the university experience. Register classes at this site, but schedule them here, but that doesn’t work with the official app, and announcements hit Twitter an hour earlier anyway: that sort of thing.

“It’s very complex and fragmented from the student perspective,” said Oohlala founder and CEO Danial Jameel in an interview with TechCrunch.

During his time at the University of Toronto, he worked in the Student Life department, trying to wrangle resources for some 15,000 incoming freshmen. The problems one faces in that situation are obvious, especially if there’s no single convenient platform aimed directly at students.

Some solutions, like those for handling financials or homework and professor feedback, aren’t worth reinventing just now. But what about everything else students do, from networking to finding a place to eat to checking the lost and found?

Originally Oohlala focused on the social side of things, but it soon became clear that there was much more to help with.

“If you think about it, for these 4 years, it’s a unique user behavior,” Jameel said. “Pretty much your whole life revolves around school.”

Not only that, but nearly every student — 95 to 98 percent — has a smartphone, and they’re already using it to carve their life into categories: broader friends and family on Facebook, close friends on WhatsApp or Snapchat, dating on Tinder, etc. Oohlala aimed at being the app that fills that role for student life, and it’s found a great deal of success.

Each app, tailored for each university, includes things like moderated message boards for students, faculty contacts, class info and locations, safety information and alerts, and plenty more that used to be found on half a dozen websites, apps, and third-party services. I for one would have been glad to have it when I was in school. And of course IT and administration get lots of useful data to play around with.