11 Crucial iPhone Apps for College Students

Amazon Mobile

Amazon Mobile is a great recourse for anyone to have on their phones, but it is incredibly imperative for college students. Whether you need to buy a pack of feathers for a presentation or your professor just said you need another book, Amazon Mobile allows you to purchase something with just a few taps of your finger – that comes in handy if you need to beat other students to the deals.

You can connect your account (take advantage of Student Prime!) and shop for everything easily. You can even track your purchases from distribution center right to your mailbox.

App Cost: FREE


One of the hardest general ed courses to pass for most people is the language requirement class. Language is really hard to learn and you could probably use all of the extra help you can get. Bablyon is a comprehensive dictionary for so many languages that will help you find the proper word. You can easily copy and paste the words so that you are always using the most natural word – and that will impress your professor.

It can take a little while to get use to this app, but once you do, you will be glad you downloaded it.

App Cost: FREE


For some of us, we have plans beyond undergrad and want to continue our learning. BenchPrep is an interactive course library with all of the exam material you could need for the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, or even the Board Exam. There are thousands of practice questions, tons of study lessons, helpful tips and tricks, and even some lessons for your undergraduate classes as well.

Even if you aren’t sure you are going to move up, the lessons can help you be a better student and understand multiple choice questions a lot better.

App Cost: FREE

(some in app purchases)


The hardest and most time consuming part off writing an essay for some people would be creating a list of citations. It also happens to the be the part that we forget 90% of the time. EasyBib has been a secret for college students since the dawn of the internet, but a mobile version makes it a lot easier for today’s world.

Whether you need MLA, APA, or something else, EasyBib allows you to search for articles, books, websites, or whatever else and create citations easily. It will take less than a minute per citation, so you can do it while you wait for class to start, while you are in bed, or even while walking across campus.

App Cost: FREE


If you’ve lost your notes or essay before, you know that you sometimes go out of your way to avoid doing it again. Dropbox is a great iPhone app that allows you to carry everything you could need right on your phone. You can store pictures, videos, and documents in the cloud so that even if you forget your paper at home, you have it on your phone. If you forget your phone at home, then you can access it using a computer.

Dropbox also comes in handy for group projects because everything updates in real time, so you can collaborate without having to actually get together or wait around.

It is almost foolproof – just don’t forget your password.

App Cost: FREE

(upgraded plans available)

Facebook Messenger

College is fun and you meet a lot of people. However, sometimes you don’t want to give those people your cell phone number. Facebook has become a surrogate for that. Most people have a Facebook and most people use it. Facebook Messenger is a great replacement for a messaging app because you don’t have to give out your phone number, but you still get notifications, can send emojis, can send files, and even see if someone read your message.

Stay safe and use Facebook Messenger instead of handing out your cell number.

App Cost: FREE


Look, we are all in college for the same thing: to get a job. LinkedIn makes it so easy to search for jobs, create connections, and look up pertinent information. You’ll be shocked how much a search reveals. If there is a music producer coming into your music business class, a brief glimpse at his LinkedIn will show you information that you can then use to ask questions – the perfect way to create a connection and be memorable.

LinkedIn also has a ton of information about the newest trends and topics within fields, something you should definitely stay on top of while in school.

App Cost: FREE


Money is a problem in college. The term “broke college student” isn’t a lie, and you probably learn that within a few months of starting. It is important to know where your money is going so that you can spend responsibly. Whether it is for a morning coffee at Starbucks or your fees towards Alpha Phi Omega, Mint is a mobile app that will help you keep track of everything.

This might help you stay on track, and it can also remind you about when things need to be paid, which means you can start building your credit now so that you don’t have to move back in with mom and dad after college is over.

App Cost: FREE

Study Blue

A lot of people like to use flashcards to study for exams in all subjects. However, too often we make the flashcards and don’t actually use them because we spent too much time in making them just perfect. StudyBlue uses text, pictures, audio, and other visual cues to create flashcards quickly and effectively. These aren’t your lined index cards.

Even better, if someone else already created StudyBlue cards, you can use theirs – which is a perfect way to study with friends so that you can spread out some of the work.

App Cost: FREE


As a college student, you probably have a loaded schedule pretty much all the time. Between classes, social events, and extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to make time to go to the gym, especially if it is all the way across campus. We all know exercise is important, but at times, it can be inconvenient. Sworkit is the perfect solution! Sworkit gives you the opportunity to exercise within the comfort of your own home (or dorm).

Better yet, Sworkit workouts are short and powerful. Sworkit utilizes HIIT (high-intensity-interval-training), meaning you can get the results of a 30+ minute workout in as little as 5-10 minutes. Now you really don’t have excuse not to squeeze in at least a little exercise.

App Cost: FREE

Wolfram Alpha

Remember in high school or middle school when your teacher would say that you can’t always use your cell phone for a calculator because it doesn’t have scientific capabilities? Wolfram Alpha changes that. There are thousands of domains that you can search across to get the answers that you need.

Not only that, but Wolfram Alpha explains the answer as well so that you are learning.

App Cost: $2.99

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