As many campuses are making the shift to partial or full-time remote learning, Facebook is launching a new online space called Facebook Campus.
The new feature is specifically designed to help college students connect with classmates.
This marks the return of Facebook to its roots as the app was initially designed to be a colleges only network.
Facebook Campus has already launched in thirty universities in the United States, But the tech giant is yet to reveal when the feature will be officially rolled out in other countries.
The ‘Campus’ feature will be a dedicated space on the main Facebook app and students would be required to create a campus profile that is different from the usual Facebook profile. Vital information like college email and graduation year is also required.
While other information like student’s majors, classes, and hometown would be optional for students to fill.
Facebook Campus also comes along with ‘groups’ just like the main Facebook page — allowing students to discover and connect with classmates who share similar interests.
All content shared on Campus will be visible only to those who are part of the Campus.
A Facebook blocked contact will not be able to find you in the Campus directory either.
In the words of Campus product manager Charmaine Hung, “College is a time for making new friends, finding people who share similar interests and discovering new opportunities to connect – from clubs to study groups, sports and more,”
“In the early days, Facebook was a college-only network, and now we’re returning to our roots with Facebook Campus to help students make and maintain these relationships, even if they’re away from their college.”
Another feature that will distinguish Facebook Campus from regular Facebook is the ‘college news feed’ where students can share and get regular updates.
Students can also create sub-groups, plan virtual concerts, or have a group study class in the college-only groups. What you write on Facebook Campus will only be visible to people within the same Campus as you.
That’s not all. Facebook Campus will also offer chatroom features, and a classmate directory too.
The Campus feature is geared to pull all young people who have been looking to other apps that better satisfy their needs back to Facebook.
Facebook Campus is currently rolling out to thirty universities in the US