Here's a list of reasons Google compiled why your school would want to use Google Apps:
1. Students will love you for it
Schools tells us that when they ask their students what email they'd prefer, they overwhelmingly say Gmail.
"Our students approached us about a year ago, saying that we needed to improve our email and collaboration services. We actually had our student government tell us, 'we want you to implement Google Apps.'" - Wendy Woodward, Director of Technology Support Services, Northwestern University
2. Free up your IT
Focus your IT on activities that add value instead of worrying about the uptime of your email services.
"Google Apps has allowed us to get out of providing these commodity type services - such as maintaining an email and calendaring system - and focus on the things that we are uniquely equipped to do, like providing more resources to be able to better support teaching, learning and research." - Todd Sutton, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Application Services, UNC Greensboro
3. Easy to deploy
No software to install, no hardware to buy, just validate your MX records and create your accounts to get started. To integrate with what you already have, we work with open standards, have created a multitude of APIs, can point you to open source solutions for common integrations, and have approved partners with experience deploying Apps in schools.
"After struggling for several months to try to implement an alternative web hosted e-mail solution, we eventually turned to Google Apps which we were able to get up and running within a matter of hours" -Jhonny Oliveira, IT Manager, University of Lisbon
4. Save money
Outsourcing the maintenance of servers to Google frees up resources that would have been spent on additional licenses and upgrades.
"This helped our IT staff understand that their focus should be on strategic enterprise solutions to help us reach our educational objectives, not just overseeing commodities like email. Had we not gone with the Google solution, we'd be looking at proposing a significant increase in student fees. " - Eric Hawley, Utah State University Associate Vice President for Technology
5. You're not alone
Thousands of Universities are using Google Apps and are happy to talk about it. Talk to other customers on our Google Apps for Education community group or read and watch our customer case studies.
6. Google protects your privacy
We take privacy very seriously. Our business is built on our users' trust: trust in our ability to properly secure your data and our commitment to respect the privacy of the information you place in our systems by not giving that information to others or using it inappropriately. More specifically, read our FAQ on privacy, visit our Privacy Center, and review how we've handled challenges to users' privacy in the past.
7. Security as powerful as... well, Google
The security that is provided to Google Apps customers is the same security that we rely on to protect www.google.com. In addition, we run our company on Google Apps
"We're confident that Apps can meet the needs of the most demanding enterprises, because we're one ourselves. Google is a complex, global company in a fast-moving and competitive industry, and everything we do is powered by Apps. To get that kind of adoption here, it means Apps has passed a daunting bar for Enterprise suitability. If it can work for us, surely it can work for you, too." - Ben Fried, CIO and Vice President of Engineering, Google.
8. Innovation in real-time
What better way to prepare your students for the newest technology in the workplace, than by giving it to them as a part of their education?
"The response from the university community has been extremely positive because we are now partnering with cutting-edge technologists who understand that we're trying to provide the latest, most innovative technologies available today." - Roy B. Roberti, Director of Information Technology Planning, Hofstra University
9. Collaborate globally
Google Docs, Sheets & Slides, our word processing applications within Google Drive, don't just give you access to the same document, they actually allow students to work on the same document at the same time from anywhere in the world.
"Collaborative projects really make for an excellent education experience not only because students bounce ideas off each other and improve each other's writing skills, but also because the process itself teaches them how to work well with others - a valuable skill for everyone." - Richard Ellwood, Technology Coordinator and Digital Arts Teacher, Columbia Secondary School