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23 Essential Apps for College Student Survival

College is hard, but there's an app for that. Actually, there are a lot of apps. Simplify your transition to college and campus life with 23 apps for college students to manage everything from homework to personal health to saving money.

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Online Learning Apps for College Students

Khan Academy

Download: iPhone | Android

If you need a little extra time with a teacher, don't stay after class. Try the Khan Academy app with classes on everything from coding to art history. 


Download: iPhone | Android

Download Coursera, and get access to courses at top universities like Stanford, John Hopkins and Duke. Each course works like an interactive textbook with video instruction, graded assignments, projects and group discussions. You can even earn your accredited master's degree.


Download: iPhone | Android

Beat the clock and earn points with gamified language learning in over 30 courses, even Klingon. Read, listen, speak and receive instant grades and motivation.

iTunes U

Download: iPhone

Access thousands of free courses from top universities like Harvard, Oxford and MIT. Multimedia lessons include audio, video, textbook and partner materials from museums and other public organizations. 

Research Apps for College Students


Download: iPhone | Android

Feed your curiosity with TED's expansive library of transformational videos. Get lost in a playlist about the future of food, or watch a 5-minute animation on the history of the world according to cats.


Download: iPhone | Android

This is college, condensed. Choose from popular literary titles, personalize your plan, listen to audio overview and bookmark for faster recall. Interactive quizzes and audio CramCasts make studying even easier. 


Download: iPhone | Android

If you need a little help researching a big project, use the same website you've trusted for other assignments. Use Wikipedia as a starting point for more in-depth research.

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Note Taking for College Success


Download: iPhone | Android

Organize your notes and keep your media in one place. Turn on the recorder to remember dates and facts. Or, take photos of the blackboard to store in your Evernote folders.

Google Drive

Download: iPhone | Android

Collaborate with other students and share documents, slides, sheets and other files for class wide projects and group study sessions.

Apps for A+ Essays


Download: iPhone | Android

Compose brilliant essays, effortlessly, with Grammerly's free online writing assistant, and move beyond a basic spell-check to find the perfect tone for any project. Grammerly's Keyboard app works as your personal assistant to correct every email, text and social post before you send.

Organizational Apps for College Campus Life


Download: iPhone | Android

Keep all of your assignments organized in one mobile planner, receive reminders for upcoming due dates and sync notifications across devices.


Download: iPhone | Android

Break down your projects into tasks and create custom to-do lists for every course. Set due dates and collaborate with anyone on your team.

Flashcards for College Success


Download: iPhone | Android

Browse flashcards from leading publishers or make your own with custom content. Study and share on any device.  

Flashcard Machine

Download: iPhone | Android

Flashcard Machine is a bare-bones app that allows you to create flashcards online or via your smartphone. Add photos or media for an interactive learning experience.

Dictionaries for Better Research Papers

You won't make it through your first year of school without needing to look up at least one new word. Luckily, you won't need to thumb through heavy dictionaries anymore. Try these apps instead.

Oxford Dictionary

Download: iPhone | Android

Merriam Webster

Download: iPhone | Android

Download: iPhone | Android

Calculators for College Students

Graphing Calculator + Math

Download: Android

The Graphing Calculator + Math app does exactly what the name suggests: calculate long math equations with the push of a few buttons.

Calculator + Scientific

Download: iPhone

The Calculator + Scientific app is versatile, easy-to-use and beautifully designed.

Apps for Healthier Campus Life

My Fitness Pal

Download: iPhone | Android

Monitor your workouts and eating habits with MyFitnessPal. Track everything from how long you sleep each night to the micronutrients you take in each day.

Finance Apps for the Frugal College Student


Download: iPhone | Android

Mint is a budgeting app that allows you to manage your spending each month. Get suggestions on your budget, pay your bills and track your credit score.


Download: iPhone | Android

Microinvest, effortlessly. This app rounds up your purchases to the next whole dollar and deposits the money into an index fund. 

Tip Yourself

Download: iPhone | Android

Reward yourself for good habits and deeds by tipping yourself each time you feel good about yourself.

Safety on College Campuses


Download: iPhone | Android

Stay safe walking home from class at night with Smartwatcher. Connect to other friends, and let them know where you are when you're walking home.

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