About Raftr

Raftr App on iPhone

Let’s face it: College can be really hectic, and keeping up with everything happening on campus can be a challenge. That’s why Raftr is here! With Raftr, you’ll have a snapshot of every event on campus right at your fingertips when you want, or a customized look at your life on campus when it’s time to get focused.

Why ‘Raftr’?

A group of otters linked together is called a “raft.” Sea otters are very social animals that often sleep, rest, and eat together while floating in these rafts, which can stretch to include hundreds of interconnected otters – not unlike the student experience on college campus. (It also doesn’t hurt that otters are ridiculously adorable).

How to Use Raftr

Raftr helps you get current on campus, bringing together every event from departments, student groups, athletic teams, arts, speakers, concerts and more, all into a single app that gives you immediate control of your day, week and month. Want to connect with friends and let them know you’re coming to an event? Raftr offers a rich social experience, so you can post events, share details, and send direct messages to your friends.

Raftr also puts the power to grow attendance at your events! Every user can post and manage their own events with rich customization tools that allow you to share event with your entire campus or just a small group of friends.

Welcome to Raftr: it’s time to get current.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Raftr?

Raftr offers a unique solution for college students, meeting them where there are with a user-friendly mobile platform that’s organized with feeds and real-time notifications specific to each campus. Raftr is filled with social features, including group messaging and a full events calendar, offering students a familiar and comfortable way to connect with each other, and the university administration a secure way to connect with students. All users are authenticated with each university’s specific .edu email address creating secure campus-specific experiences.

What’s up with the otter?

Raftr’s mascot is a sea otter. We chose the otter because sea otters are very social animals that often eat and rest together while floating in connected groups. A group of otters linked together like this is called called a “raft”. Rafts can include hundreds of otters connected with one another by holding paws. We see this as a metaphor for the many communities of people around the world discussing common interests and stories on our platform, which we call rafts for this reason.

Do I have to be a student at a college or university to join Raftr?

Raftr communities are designed to be exclusive and customized to each campus, so they require authentication to join. All members of your college or university can join, including faculty and staff, as long as they have an email address that matches your school’s domain. For those universities that have multiple email domains, please contact us at ask@raftr.com

Is Raftr free to use?

Raftr is free for students to use! Just download Raftr from the App Store or Play Store for your device, create an account using your college or university email address, and you’ll have access to Raftr. Universities may unlock advanced features for their students through paid Pro level accounts, but students will not be charged for any of these features. 

What is a raft?

Rafts are groups created around a shared topic. Within a raft, users can join to access events, posts, polls, messages and more. Any user can create a raft, although some advanced features are limited to verified rafts managed by university administrators. These rafts are designated by a purple ‘verified’ checkmark.

What do I get if I join a raft?

Membership has its privileges! Joining a raft allows you to participate on its chat channels, create and comment on posts, and get other members’ posts in your feed.

How do I find new rafts to join?

Visit the Explore tab to view rafts that are currently featured, and check back often as these are frequently changed. From the Explore tab, you can also search rafts to find those that users have created. Can’t find the raft you want? Create your own and invite others to join!

How do I leave a raft?

To leave, go to the information section of the raft (touch the “i” in the upper right corner of its front page) and choose “leave raft”. If you leave a raft, you will longer get its posts in your feed or be able to create posts, chat messages, or comments. You can still view it, react to posts, and upvote/ downvote if it is designated as public in its privacy settings.

How do I attract more people to my raft?

Creating an engaging experience by posting, chatting and timely responses to others is the best way to attract new members. We also offer you lots of tools: inviting from contacts, sharing links, the right to decorate your raft in interesting ways, the ability to pin posts that you find interesting, and the opportunity to show up in the discovery sections of the app – Explore and Search (by having ten or more members on your raft or ten or more actions in the last month).

What’s the difference between “following” and “joining”?

On Raftr, you follow people and join rafts. Joining rafts allows you to create content on that raft and to get posts in your feed. When your notifications are set to “High” or “Custom”, following people will notify you when they create or interact with posts.

Can I delete a raft?

There’s not a way yet in the app for you to do this, but if you would like to let us know and we can help. You can reach us via the Contact Us link in your settings, which are found via the gear in the upper, right corner of your profile. Also, if a raft has less than fifteen members and no activity in the last three months, we will delete it.

Can I delete my account?

While we never like to see people leave the app, we understand you may have your reasons. Right now there’s no way in the app for you to delete your account yourself, but we can do it for you if you send us an email at ask@raftr.com.