RateMyProfessors.com expands with iPhone app

Students no longer have to wait to get back to their computers to leave a rave review or complaint about their professors.

RateMyProfessors.com has launched an iPhone application version of the popular Web site.

Carlo DiMarco, vice president of affiliate relations for mtvU , said the application will not replace the current Web site where students from colleges and universities can post and review information about faculty. He said the main purpose of the application is to complement the current Web site and to make accessing RateMyProfessors.com easier. The Web site is owned by parent company mtvU.

“This is instant gratification,” DiMarco said. “Students now have the freedom to leave a review right after lecture without waiting until they can get on a computer.”

He said the application costs $0.99 and became available for purchase in January.

DiMarco said the application was created with student lifestyles in mind.

“We know that college students are constantly on the move,” DiMarco said. “So we needed to develop a way for them to plug in to the database from anywhere.”

Senior Anna Brix, a political science major, said she wished the application was available during the beginning of her college career.

“The application would have been super convenient to have when I started college,” Brix said. “I can remember so many times I wanted to look up a professor’s ranking but couldn’t because I didn’t have my laptop with me.”

Brix said although the application could have aided her in picking professors, she would not pay to have it on her iPhone because using the main Web site is free.

Chris White, associate professor of marketing, said the application’s value is key when trying to persuade people to pay for a service that is already free.

“The convenience of getting the product when and where you want it provides a value that offsets the extra price,” White said.

Ted Legatski, associate professor of professional practice in management, said he is unsure the service provides accurate information and would not want the application to be used during class time.

“I’m not supportive of students visiting Web sites that are not directly related to what is happening in class during that time,” Legatski said. “It does the student no good and is likely a distraction to other students.”

DiMarco said the application will give students direct access to the database which includes over one million professors and 6,000 schools.

He said the biggest difference between the Web site and the application is the ability to access it from anywhere, adding that one new feature of the application will provide students with the option to post their reviews on their Twitter or Facebook feeds.