10 Apps Every College Student Should Have

If you own a tablet or smart phone, there are several ways you can make the most of applications during your college years.

So which apps should you get?

Well, from personal experience and the feedback I received from fellow students here at my university, the following are free apps that every college student should get for their device:

1. Banking App

At school, it’s up to you to manage your bank account and spend your money responsibly. One of the easiest ways to keep track of your bank account from any location on campus is to get your bank’s app. Once you have this app, you can see your account, transfer money, and find the nearest location of that bank or ATM in your area.

2. Gmail

As a college student, I am constantly receiving emails all day long. I used to only check my emails on the computer but I usually ended up reading emails very delayed from the time they were actually sent. So, I suggest getting the Gmail app to your phone because you’re more likely to have your phone on you at all times than your laptop.

3. Google Maps

If you’re traveling to your university from a far distance, Google Maps is one of the best apps you can get for your device. Google Maps is very efficient and serves as a great GPS if you don’t own one that goes in your car. This app also can prove useful when you are searching for other destinations near your campus for food or entertainment purposes.

4. Calendar App

In addition to having email come directly to your phone or other device, a calendar app also proves very helpful in organizing your daily activities and class schedule. This app can be used to set reminders to assure that you never forget about something that you needed to do in your day.

5. GasBuddy

This app will save you from driving around aimlessly looking for a gas station. GasBuddy finds the cheapest gas near you, gives out points for reporting gas prices, and helps you save money every time you fill up at the cheapest stations.

6. News Apps

With a hectic college schedule, you’ll probably find you don’t have time to sit down and watch the news like you used to in high school. I suggest getting news apps of the stations in your area so you can stay up to date with stories from your device. It‘s always helpful to know what is going on in your area and around the world.

7. LinkedIn

It’s never too early to capitalize on forming connections and social networking with professionals in order to prepare for a career. This app allows you to build an online resume and connect with people who you have worked with, went to school with, or met through some other circumstance. Connections are often the most common way to get a job after college, so start forming relationships through LinkedIn!

8. Skype

Whether you travel 10 miles or across states to attend your university, Skype is a great way to visually communicate with family and friends. This video chat allows you to talk and see the other person. It’s a great app to have because it’s as close to talking in person as you can get with your smart phone or tablet.  

9. Facebook

This app allows you to stay in touch with friends and family all over the world while you’re on the go. With millions of users, this app has proved to be a great way to connect with the people you care about and express yourself online.

10. Twitter

While this app may not be a necessity to ever person, I’ve found that it can be incredibly useful in gaining quick news headlines or life events from friends and celebrities.

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Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media as well as a minor in English. While not in class, Stephanie is involved in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and a honors professional fraternity, Phi Beta Chi. Outside of academic and community activities, she enjoys dancing hip hop, reading, spending time with friends, and doing yoga.