45 Great Apps for College Students


Downloading the right apps can be a hassle and a trial-and-error process. Our staff has curated a list of 45 apps for college students so you don’t have to waste hours browsing, reading reviews, and downloading (and inevitably uninstalling cruddy apps).

Study Tools

  • Quizlet – free with paid upgrade option
    • Every college student knows about Quizlet, but did you know that there’s an app for that?! The Quizlet app provides you with the information you need right when you need it.  The app is free, but you can upgrade to Quizlet Plus for only $1.99/mo ($23.88/yr) or you and your study buddies can apply for a group upgrade and get up to 20% off the total amount!  
  • Khan Academy – free
    • a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. The app is free and offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard so that you may study at your own pace.
  • StudyBlue free
    • Are you a fan of flash cards when it comes to studying? Then StudyBlue is just for you! A study library, with over 400 million flashcards, notes and study guides from students like you. You can also create your own flashcards and quizzes, so you can have your study material at your fingertips!
  • Focus Keeper – free with paid upgrade option
    • Is procrastination your best friend? With Focus Keeper you can stay focused on the task at hand. You can set a timer so that you may take breaks throughout your study time and not be fatigued from studying too much. You can track your progress and set daily goals. Its free to download and you can upgrade for Pomodoro Keeper Pro for $1.99.
  • Forest – $1.99
    • Want to feel even more satisfied about staying focused? Then use the Forest app to stay focused. This app uses the Pomodoro technique that helps you grow trees and eventually forests on the app. The more you study, the more lush your trees grow. As soon as you leave the app because of temptation then the tree withers and will eventually die. The app keeps track of your progress and also lets you set goals. It is $1.99 to download and there are in app purchases to help your trees grow.


  • Dropbox – free with paid upgrade option
    • Dropbox is  file hosting service that provides the best package rates for the most storage space.
    • Basic – 2 GB – Free
    • Plus – 1 TB – $8.25/mo
    • Professional – 2 TB –  $16.58/user/mo
    • Advanced – as much space as needed – $20/user/mo
  • OneDrive – free with paid upgrade option
    • OneDrive is a file hosting service provided by Microsoft, which is why the last two OneDrive packages come with Office 365. Whether you’re just looking for storage or looking to download the whole Microsoft suite, head on over to their website or download the app on Google Play or the App Store and create an account with 5GB of storage for free.
    • Basic – 5 GB – Free
    • OneDrive 50 – 50 GB – $1.99/mo
    • Office 365 Personal – 1 TB – $69.99/yr
    • Office 365 Home – 5 TB – $99.99/yr
  • Google Drive – free with paid upgrade option
    • Every Gmail account has access to a plethora of Google Suite apps – including Google Drive. Google Drive is a file hosting service that can store up to 15 GB of data for FREE.
    • 100 GB – $1.99/mo OR $19.99/yr
    • 1 TB – $9.99/mo OR $99.99/yr
    • 2 TB – $19.99/mo
    • 10 TB – $99.99/mo
    • 20 TB – $199.99/mo
    • 30 TB – $299.99/mo

Learning New Things

  • Duolingo – free
    • Practice your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing a game! You’ll improve your vocabulary and grammar skills by answering questions and completing lessons. Start with basic verbs, phrases, and sentences, and learn new words daily.
  • Py – free  
    • Teaches you the basics of coding. Free courses in Swift, Python, Javascript, HTML/CSS, Data Science and more.
  • TED – free
    • Explore more than 3,000 TED Talks from remarkable people, by topic and mood, from tech and science to the surprises of your own psychology.
  • Memrise –  free with paid upgrade option
    • Entertainment mixed with real-life, relevant content is at the very core of the Memrise foreign language learning experience. Learn words and  grammar skills and become fluent in Japanese, Spanish, French & more!
    • free 7 day trial of Memrise Pro
    • $9/mo
    • $6.33/mo for 3 months
    • $4.92/mo for 12 months
    • $129 for lifetime Memrise Pro
  • Orphic – free
    • helps you expand your vocabulary with cool and fascinating new words to learn. Orphic provides you with a long list of cool words found in various languages, especially English.
  • Periodic Table – free
    • Anyone can learn about the wonderous world of chemistry. With this free app, you can learn different features about the elements in the periodic table. It includes podcasts, videos and how its used in everyday life.

Books, References & Homework Help

  • Oxford Dictionary of English – free
    • A pocket dictionary.  Stay up-to-date with the very latest words and expressions, brought to you by the most recent 2017 database update by the Oxford University Press.
  • Hoopla Digital – free
    • Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, & TV, FREE with a library card.
  • Free Audiobooks – free
    • Listen to a collection of audiobooks for free.
  • Mathway – free with paid upgrade option
    • This app (and website) helps you answer basic math questions. Just plug in the equation and get an answer!
    • $19.99/mo
    • $79.99/year
  • Photomath– free
    • Ever struggled with a math problem and wasn’t sure how to solve it? Photomath can help you solve problems by just taking a picture of the math problem. Not only does it give you the answer, but it also demonstrates on how to solve the problem step-by-step so that you’re learning as you’re going.

Proofreading and Editing

  • Grammarly – free with paid upgrade option
    • Easily improve your essays by eliminating grammar errors with this browser extension. Visit the Grammarly website and follow the prompts for installing the browser add-on. The best thing about Grammarly is that the basic package completely free! But if you’d like more more features, you can update your package to premium.
    • The best thing about Grammarly is that they also offer Grammarly Keyboard for your phone so you can make sure your texts, posts, and captions are mistake-free! Simply download the app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Citation Maker –  free
    • Don’t get overwhelmed with your citations anymore! Create citations for books, journals, websites, or videos in MLA or APA with this easy to use app.

Planners and Notes

  • Timetable – free with paid upgrade option
    • Organize your class schedule with Timetable. Once you add in the information for the class, the app easily organizes your classes in chronological order. You can then add in homework for each class, which you can set reminders for. The app is free to download and then you can upgrade to Pro for .99 cents.
  • Trello – free with paid upgrade option
    • Have you ever caught yourself sucked into the realm of Pinterest? Well now you can indulge without feeling guilty. Trello helps you organize your thoughts and tasks in the same way. You can create boards for different projects, upload pictures and videos, attach files, work offline and even organize your calendar. You can also share with whomever you choose or keep it private. This app is free to download but you can upgrade to Trello Gold for $4.99/mo or $44.99/yr.
  • Evernote – free with paid upgrade option
    • Sometimes built-in apps just don’t cut it – whether you have a flagship phone or not. Most smart phones come with some type of note app, but sometimes it could be clunky or disorganized. With Evernote, you can get organized by creating notebooks and organizing everything you could possibly need to write down! Evernote has three levels, Basic (which is free), Plus ($2.92/mo), and Premium ($5.83/mo). You can check out their package features on their website or download the app for free on Google Play or the App Store.
  • OneNote – free
    • Getting organized is easy with OneNote. You can write down notes or even plan the party of the year. You can do anything with this app including securing your notes with a password.
  • Diaro – free with paid upgrade option
    • Diaro is a multi-platform diary app, designed to record your activities, daily events, appointments, experiences, thoughts, secrets and ideas throughout the day and sync data across all your devices. It helps you organize your daily diary/journal entries or notes from the past in the easiest way.
  • Google Keep free
    • This app takes notetaking to the next level. Not only can you take notes in any format that you want, but you can also incorporate pictures, have voice notes transcribed and share with your friends, family and classmates. You can keep track of the notes wherever you go,either it be one your computer or your phone.
  • myHomework Student Planner – free with paid upgrade option
    • This app is not just another planner app. You can track all your classes and assignments that organizes into a calendar so that you see what you have on future dates. Not only that, you can download the class information, assignments and files from their Teachers.io class. If that isn’t enough, you can also customize the appearance so it can be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. (additional fees may apply) You can upgrade for $4.99.
  • Smiling Mind – free
    • School can be very stressful, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take a break. With Smiling Mind you can check in with yourself and your emotions, take timed meditations to keep your mind healthy and refreshed for when you’re ready to go back to the work at hand.

Office Needs

  • Tiny Scanner – free with paid upgrade option
    • Tiny Scanner turns your phone into a portable scanner. Scan any document and save them on your phone either as images or PDFs. The app is free but you can upgrade to Tiny Scanner+ for only $4.99.
  • CamScanner
    • Don’t have a scanner in your backpack? Well you do now with CamScanner. The app automatically takes a high-resolution picture and you are able to edit the image at your fingertips. The app is free to download, but there’s an upgrade for only $4.99 ($6.99/mo for business).
  • Office Lens – free
    • Office Lens will create PDF files of any picture that you take, which includes taking pictures of whiteboards and blackboards or any handwritten notes that you have. This app also creates editable Word documents, if needed and keeps everything organized at your fingertips. You can save the files to OneNote, OneDrive or any storage you prefer. The best thing about this app is that its totally free.
  • Google Suite – free
    • Drive – storage
    • Docs – word document
    • Sheets – spreadsheet
    • Slides – presentation slides
  • Microsoft Suite – prices vary depending on package
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint


  • Pocket Points – free
    • This app rewards you for staying off your phone in class. When your phone is locked, you rack up points that are redeemable for free or discounted items at local shops.
  • RetailMeNot – free  
    • A collection of updated coupons and discounts in your local or online stores.
  • Groupon – free
    • Save everyday on thousands of things to do, see, try & buy. Download the Groupon app and save up to 70% on the things you need everyday. Find great deals on all the best stuff to eat, see, and do near you and around the world.

Job Help

  • LinkedIn – free with paid upgrade option
    • basically Facebook for professionals. Its a social network specifically designed for career and business professionals to connect.
  • Glassdoor
    • Search millions of jobs and access employee reviews, personalized salary tools, and much more.
  • Ziprecruiter
    • Need a recruiter to assist you in the job hunting? Ziprecruiter is just for you! You will get notifications via email or text message for jobs that match your resume and whether the hiring manager has viewed your submitted job application.
  • Indeed
    • Find jobs hiring near you and apply with just one click!
  • Snagajob
    • An online employment website specializing in the hourly marketplace.
  • Real Talk
    • Ever wonder if you’re picking the right career path? With Real Talk you can chat with real people that are in the career that you are pursuing.


  • Canvafree with paid upgrade option
    • Create beautiful designs and professional graphics with Canva. Whether it’s a photo editor, pic collage, logo, invitation or poster maker you’re looking for — Canva makes graphic design easy.
  • Adobe Spark Post – free with paid upgrade option
    • Turn your text and photo into a professional-looking graphic by simply applying your favorite theme. With Spark Post you don’t need design experience to create beautiful images.

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