Going away to college is a big undertaking. First you need to decide where to go, and once you're accepted you have to figure out what to take with you. Then you have to keep yourself organized, hand your assignments in on time, study for exams, and on top of that, try to have some semblance of a social life. Here is our list of the best college apps for iPhone and iPad.
The best college apps for iPhone and iPad
12 Jan 2017, by Christine Pamintuan
NextTier will keep you and your parents and counselors on track during the application process. You'll put together a list of schools where you plan to apply. Once you add a school, you'll be assigned a personal task list. The app will carefully guide you through each requirement and detail for each school on your list. The built-in game mechanics will earn you points and badges for completing tasks to help keep you motivated and engaged. You'll also receive notifications when there are tasks coming due.
- Search by schools by name or use filters
- Notifications delivered when tasks are coming due
- Help track and complete applications for all schools
- Game mechanics keeps students engaged
- Free college app for iPhone and iPad
Now you've applied and been accepted, you will need to figure out what to take with you to college. College Packing List helps you plan a stress-free moving day so you don't have to worry about forgetting anything. You'll start out with a master list broken down into six categories and several sub-categories. As you purchase or pack items, check them off. If you want to add or remove an item, go ahead. If you go out shopping, you can filter your list so you can see exactly what you need to buy now.
- Make your move to college fun and organized
- Master list with six categories and several sub-categories
- Each item on the list comes with tips
- Customize your list
- Use your list for multiple years
Shoold is like having your own admissions and guidance counselor in the palm of your hand. This app helps users to discover potential colleges or universities to apply to, possible scholarships, info on majors or potential careers and more. Users can ask questions and get answers, learn about the whole application process, find financial aid that you can qualify for, compare potential places to enroll and more. This app is a great resource for anyone looking to go to college. But, the fact that it’s Free, only makes this app even more essential and a no-brainer for users.
- Perfect tool for users trying to enroll into college
- Search through colleges, Learn about financial aid
- Learn about potential majors and careers
- Save and compare potential places to enroll
- Ask questions and get them answered
College Interactive connects you directly with colleges. Sign up and create a detailed profile to highlight your academic, extracurricular, and athletic accomplishments, and upload videos and photos if you like. You can search hundreds of colleges, watch videos, choose your favorites, and start a list of the schools you like. The app has maps and Street View so you can explore and do virtual tours of campuses. You can receive messages directly through the app from colleges about visits, financial aid, reminders about open houses, summer programs, and more. The app has information on more than 4000 colleges and universities in the United States.
- Info on more than 4000 colleges and universities
- Create a detailed profile
- Watch videos and create a list of your favorites
- Do virtual tours of campuses
- Take control of your college search, selection, and application process
Essay Writing Guide will guide you through the process of writing college applications, dissertations, and college papers. Elements of writing are arranged around four wheels: Content, Style, Organization, and Mechanics. Each wheel is further broken down into sub-categories. The app was designed to be easy to use and to show students exactly how to put together a clear, well-written paper. The app was developed by a college English professor and can also be used by educators in the classroom to help students develop their essay-writing skills, from secondary through graduate-level academics.
- For high school through graduate school
- Concise and easy t use
- Elements of writing are shown graphically
- Developed by a college English professor
- Free college app for iPhone and iPad
Academy is a social network app designed specifically for your academic work. It keeps your academic life connected and organized. Add your friends and classmates, collaborate on projects and papers, manage your timetable, and keep track of your grades with this app. Keep your exams and assignments up to date and in sync with your coursemates'. Set up and plan your timetable so you know where you're going next, and more. The home screen shows you at a glance what's coming up: classes, assignments, and exams. This is a free app and great for anyone studying at college or university.
- Collaborate on assignments
- Set up and plan your timetable
- Know at a glance what's going on each day
- Track your grades
- Add your friends and classmates
Class Timetable allows you to keep track of your classes and extracurriculars to your week's schedule quickly and easily. It's good for high school, college, and university. Over two million users have downloaded this app so there must be something great about it! It has a colorful interface, optional multi-week timetables, and a built-in task list. Swipe left or right to see what's approaching in your schedule, or rotate your iPhone or iPad to see your schedule shown for the whole week. Upgrade to Pro and you'll be able to export your timetable, get class notifications and task reminders, and more.
- Keep track of homework
- Swipe to see what's going on
- Rotate to see your weekly schedule
- Stay on top of your week's events
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade to Pro
The Homework App will never let you forget to do your homework ever again. You can easily add, view, and complete your homework. Add sub-tasks, see your entire class schedule using the timetable, see all your tasks in an iCloud calendar, color-code your subjects, and more. The Dashboard shows you what's going on with a glance. Add details from your instructor so you know what to do, and set reminders so you don't miss anything. You can also attach photos to your tasks. Stay organized with The Homework App.
- Don't ever forget to do your homework again
- Add sub-tasks
- Color-code your subjects
- The Dashboard shows you what's going on
- Free with in-app purchase
Exam Countdown keeps you on top of your exam schedule. This is a must-have app for anyone preparing for exams in high school, college, or university. Keep all your exam dates in one place, color-code your exams, add notes to exams, choose from over 150 icons, and share your exam dates on Facebook and Twitter. Probably one of the best features is that it shows the exact time you have left before you exam. The app is set out so it's easy to set up, easy to use, and great-looking, too. There are no in-app purchases.
- Stay on top of your exam schedule
- Color-code your exams
- Add notes and icons
- Share your exams on social media
- See how much time left before your next exam
Chegg is a wonderful option for college students to get textbooks for their classes. Now, you can skip the lines and even rent textbooks for your classes. This app has an easy to use search engine so that you can find the book that you are looking for. Additionally, users can scan a bar code to find the book, explore etextbooks as an option while waiting for you book to arrive, view a massive library of resources for homework help and much more. However, the Chegg Study portion of this app requires a monthly subscription via an in-app purchase.
- Buy or rent textbooks or etextbooks
- A great search engine
- Scan a book via its bar code
- Chegg Study feature helps you with homework
- Chegg Study is a monthly subscription with auto renewal
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If you are looking to live off campus or outside of the dorms, then check out this app. It provides students and their parents a great tool for finding nearby housing or apartments. The listings are updated frequently so you will see the latest results. You can read reviews from students who have lived at the place in the past. There are powerful search tools that are intuitive based on your search criteria. An internal messaging tool makes it easy and confidential to message others. Save your favorites and sync with the app’s official site.
- Find nearby housing for college
- A powerful search engine that’s intuitive
- Save your favorites and sync via their website
- In-app messaging
- Read reviews from past residents
If you’re a new college student or are getting ready to go off to college for the first time, the College Prepster app is going to make your life easier. This is the blog from Carly Heitlinger you probably already know and love, but easier to access from anywhere you are. From finding out college fashion tips to how to most efficiently study, this app has it all. There are recipes, tips on what to wear for the first day, and even how to choose the decor for your dorm room.
- Based on the blog from Carly Heitlinger
- Fashion tips
- Decor ideas
- How to study
- Free college app for iPhone and iPad