Some of the biggest innovations in the world begin to form on college campuses. College is an environment that encourages the pursuit of knowledge and plays a major role in shaping the future leaders of the world in a wide variety of respective areas. It's no surprise that in order to create the next big thing, you'll have to use the next big thing. In present day, the next big thing is the cloud. 

College campuses all across the U.S. have been introducing the use of the cloud to improve their quality of education from the moment that prospective students apply to when it's time to turn in a final thesis statement. 

The cloud and college admissions
The college admissions process has always been one of the most overwhelming times of the school year, for both students waiting for acceptance letters and admissions offices filing through applications. Given the recent surge that colleges and universities have seen in interest, this process has reached a completely new level. Between 1980 and 2012, the interest in attending college amongst teenagers in the U.S. rose from 26 percent to 41 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. More high school students are viewing college as a legitimate option for their future. 

As a result of this change, colleges and universities have had to find new ways to process all of the information that comes with the admissions process. Organizing all of the applications, college essays and recommendation letters requires more than filling a file cabinet. The amount of time it would take to sort all of that alone is an enormous task, but having to look through it in case of a nearly unavoidable mistake due to human error is another issue in its own right. 

To make the overall process easier, college campuses have begun using the cloud more to make their way through the thousands of applications they receive. The cloud allows them to store documents, audio and video files. This even leads to the possibility of colleges sending students videos as an added welcome to their university. This is also a very cost-effective and environmentally friendly advancement that saves funding that would go to copious amounts of paper and resources. 

Adding cloud storage to the college admissions process adds more organization. This could lead to less time spent filing and sorting so that students can be made aware of their status sooner which gives the admissions offices more time to prepare for the incoming class.

On-campus benefits
There are many times in college where students will be asked to collaborate on assignments. With the advancements made in cloud technology, it's no longer a requirement for team members to be in the same place to get work done. The introduction of file sharing and messaging makes it convenient for students to look at the same file and watch changes as they occur. 

The generation that's finding it harder to put down their phones is the same one that currently fills most lecture halls. The benefit to many of them, however, is that the use of the cloud gives them even more reason to keep their phones in their hands. The cloud gives students access to presentations and documents that their professors post online so that they can study on the go from the comfort of anywhere with Wi-Fi access. 

After their campuses adopt cloud storage, college students no longer have to walk around with book bags on the verge of bursting at the seams due to being overstuffed with textbooks. Many publishers are making textbooks available via digital download. There could be a day in the future where all students have to carry with them is a laptop or tablet. 

Online courses
In a time where more people are utilizing the convenience of online courses, the cloud has never been more of a convenience. When coursework is done entirely with the use of the Internet, being able to download, share and edit files instantly helps make the experience more interactive. Working with fellow classmates, no matter where they're located, is something that students can now experience through on-campus study groups and sitting alone in their living rooms. This also applies when it comes to building a relationship with instructors.