Top 5 Apps College Students Should Have

Published On October 1, 2013 | App & Software

Heading off to college is all about independence; the freedom to make your own schedule, your own friends and all of your own choices. And while all of that may sound like a dream come true, it can be a lot to juggle, especially for those whose mom has packed their lunch for them every day since Kindergarten.

Luckily, we live in a world where technology makes everything easier. Here is a list of the five best apps that independent college students can depend on. They’ll help with everything from acing a test to balancing a budget.


Everyone has a cheap friend; the one who always seems to be short on cash but long on promises to pay you back. They say they’ll get you back for a beer here, and a movie ticket there, but before you know it your bank account is looking dry and you’ve got nothing to show for it. Venmo can help you get rid of that friend – or at least keep your money.

Dubbed as a “better PayPal,” Venmo links up to your bank account and is a simple, fast and free way to send and receive money between friends. You have the option to “cash out” your Venmo balance into your account, or leave it in there to share amongst friends the next time they foot the bill.


Dorm room living can get cluttered fast. So the last thing you want are dozens of handouts and papers to store on your desk. With Snap2PDF, you can quickly take a photo of any textbook page and convert it into a PDF. Then, you’ll have access to the information on your smartphone or laptop. The best part is that the PDFs are searchable so you can find all the information you need, faster than ever.

Amazon Student

If the cost of textbooks at your college bookstore leaves you with chump change for lunch money, you’ve got a friend in Amazon Student. After you type in a book’s ISBN, the app searches online for the cheapest price and allows you to quickly order it before another anxious student swipes it up. The app can also be used to sell back your books at the end of the semester.


Think of Studyblue as flashcards of the 21st century. The app has more than 150 million pre-loaded flash cards on a variety of topics including math, English, music, anatomy, chemistry, biology and more. You can also make and customized your own flashcards to suit your coursework. Studyblue remembers the questions that you get right and wrong and can help you focus on the areas that you need help with the most. And because it’s all stored on your smartphone, you can get in some study time no matter where you are.


Balancing a college budget is an intricate and delicate trade, especially if it’s the first time you’re really handling your own money. Mint is a comprehensive app that puts all of your finances at your fingertips. Sync the app to your bank account and credit cards and you’ll receive customized alerts such as when your balance gets too low or when a payment is due. The app also helps you create a savings plan so you can actually swing that Spring Break vacation.

Hope these apps help get you through the school year.

Do you have a favorite app you want to share? Let us know in the comments.

— By Jennifer Thayer



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