Are you constantly struggling to find enough time for school, work, friends, studying and homework? I’m totally with you! Don’t sweat it – there are many apps that exist just to make your day easier. However, many students are not aware of these amazing apps. Here are 9 of my favorite downloads that can make college life easier.

9 apps that every college student should have on their phone!


Math can be one of the most difficult subjects in college. Owning a graphing calculator has been a necessity for decades, but what if you could use your cell phone to solve equations for you? What if you could simply solve a math problem by pointing your camera at the problem and snapping a photo?

PhotoMath is a free mobile app that can read and solve mathematical expressions using a smart phone camera. The app even provides a step-by-step guide, teaching the student how each of the problems are solved! PhotoMath has became my go-to app for any math problem I am having difficultly with!

Related: Top 8 Apps You Need to Succeed in College is one of my favorite apps. It is a to-do app that is very powerful and helps organize all of your tasks. This application is perfect for busy college students because it synchronizes all tasks with other devices so the initial list can be accessed anywhere.

It has a simple interface that boasts a daily planner, list management, action shortcuts, sharing and delegating, notes, comments, and many other innovative features.


As a college student it is very easy to be distracted. SelfControl is an app that has been created to help combat studying procrastination. This app blocks certain websites that can distract you from studying or doing your homework and it can be programmed for a certain amount of time.

SelfControl can be used on a smartphone or on your laptop. If you have trouble focusing during a lecture, this app is a lifesaver (and a grade-saver!)


If you’re like most college students, you’ve probably forgotten your wallet more than once. When I have forgotten my wallet, I have friends that have been nice enough to spot me some cash. How can I pay these friends back? This is where Venmo comes in handy.

Venmo is a free app that works as a digital wallet. It allows you to send and receive money from friends!

Related: 5 Apps to Save You Money In College


We all have those days where we don’t truly pay attention in class. If you’re like me, you have your laptop open and you’re constantly scouring the internet for anything more interesting than the class you’re currently in. Pocket is an app that allows you to save those fascinating sites for later.

Pocket allows you to put articles, videos or pretty much anything from your browser or from apps into your virtual “pocket.” If you save to Pocket, it will be on your phone, tablet or computer. The best part about this app is that you don’t even need internet access to view what you’ve saved!


We all know college can distract us from just about everything. I have found myself constantly stressed out and sleep deprived. In addition to sleep deprivation comes an addiction to coffee. I never realized how often I was sipping on coffee during class rather than water. WaterIn is an app that helps to track your water intake and reminds you to drink water if you haven’t had enough!

My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal is one of the most popular exercise and fitness social media applications available. I have used My Fitness Pal to help me with meal tracking and holding myself accountable for eating healthier foods.

Besides just meal tracking, My Fitness Pal also has exercise features that are ideal for helping keep off the Freshman 15!


From splitting the check at a restaurant to splitting utility bills with your roommates, paying your bills can be daunting if you live with multiple people. IOU’s are a thing of the past with Splitwise.

This app allows you to add friends from your address book or set up a group to help your friends debts straight and easily payable.


College can certainly be stressful – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be going out and making new friends. Friendsy is an app very similar to Tinder, but you have to have an .edu login to join.

Friendsy helps you easily find college students near you and allows you to swipe through profiles. Left is discarding someone but rather than simply swiping right to match, users can select if they want to be friends, date or hook up.

Apps can be great way to stay ahead on your studies, meet new friends, stay healthy and have fun in college!

xnkgt1djMelinda Lathrop is a sophomore public relations major and law minor at Champlain College. She is the treasurer of the Champlain College Chapter of PRSSA and is also a social media intern! You can connect with Melinda on Twitter/Instagram @Melinda_Lathrop or LinkedIn.

6 thoughts on “9 Apps College Students Need to Download Right Now

  1. College might be the best four years of your life, but they’re not the easiest. So these apps are very useful and good for college students. You have shared a great post here and i personally will forward this to all my friends.
    Thanks a lot.


  2. I think technology is really helping students out solve problems easily and making college life or education easier these days. The apps listed in this post are great. These apps help too…realcalc, the owl, and cymaths


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