CampusBuddy.com makes use of Facebook for widespread networking
Published: Monday, November 16, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02
In a World Wide Web ruled by social media networks, between the rise of Facebook and the fall of JuicyCampus, there is one website that has joined the ranks of college social networks.
Welcome to CampusBuddy.com, a Facebook-verified application where current and prospective college students can mingle and meet classmates online, share professor reviews and access official school records and statistics. CampusBuddy offers services similar to CollegeProwler, Communiversity, and RateMyProfessor. But unlike its popular counterparts, CampusBuddy is the self-proclaimed home to the largest, most widespread database of official grades anywhere on the Web.
CampusBuddy launched in the spring of 2008 and originally served as an academic service at 44 colleges within California, but has since expanded to nationwide coverage. The CampusBuddy team has since gathered over 100 million official grades from over 250 college registrars across the nation and compiled the data into one easily navigable database.
"The concept was to bring students more official and objective data so that students can make better decisions about the classes they're taking," said CampusBuddy CEO, founder and UCLA alumni, Michael Moradian. "The idea came from the fact that as students your next four years depend on what classes you choose, and knowing that choosing a professor is almost as important to choosing a course, we felt like we would be doing a valuable service to let students see how professors grade and the official statistics of all the classes at your school."
Craig Labrecque, an undeclared freshman at UNH, was a high school senior looking at colleges in the spring of 2009 when he discovered the website.