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6 Free Apps Every College Student Needs

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 12, 2013

If you live in an apartment in Blacksburg, VA and are headed to college this fall, use technology and all of its benefits to help you be a better student. Microsoft debuted Office Mobile for Android mobile devices, for those who own Office 365.

The app offers access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via smartphone or tablet. Preparing entire projects would be challenging on a smartphone, the app is intended to enable users to make last-minute edits on-the-go, a nice perk for college students who have already spent the $100 on Office 365 and are now preparing to head back for the fall semester.

With presentations, essays, and long hours in the library on the horizon, here are six free apps that any student can use to make life on campus a little easier.


One of the only things worse than having to write a 20-page paper is permanently losing a 20-page paper because it hasn’t been backed up.

Dropbox is a file hosting service that will save any student from document loss. Videos, photos and documents added to Dropbox are saved and accessible from the computer and via the Dropbox app and other operating systems.

The app's services grant users 2 GB of storage space for free and enabling them to acquire as much as 18 GB at no cost by referring friends to the service. This should be more than enough..


Between running to classes, extracurricular activities, and jobs, the college lifestyle is often fast-paced. With Evernote students can be sure that their notes keep up with them.

Text, Web pages, photographs, audio recordings, and handwritten notes can all be uploaded to the application, which can sync across computers, phones, and tablets on most popular platforms.

Uploaded information can then be organized into folders, annotated, and searched for. Evernote recognizes words that may appear on a sign in a user's uploaded photograph, or on a product, or in a handwritten note. This enables users to use keywords to search through photographs as well as typed notes, which is a useful time-saving feature.

"It's easily the best note-taking app you'll find, in part because it integrates with so many other programs and services, but also because of its thoughtful features and excellent search tools," wrote PC Mag.


Once school starts up, there will be plenty of deadlines, meetings, assignments, parties, and games to keep on the radar. That’s where Wunderlist comes in.

Lists, reminders, and tasks can all be organized with Wunderlist. Larger tasks can be broken down into subtasks and friends can be added to lists through Facebook or email when a group effort is needed to take care of something.

Wunderlist also syncs across devices, so as tasks gets added or crossed off, the list will update seamlessly across all platforms.

WiFi Finder

Boasting over 825,000 free and paid wireless hotspots across 144 countries, WiFi Finder can keep you connected anywhere.

WiFi Finder shows users free or paid Wi-Fi locations on a map to let them get out of the office without sacrificing their ability to work.


College is often the first time students must rely upon themselves to keep track of their spending and budget accordingly. The Mint app makes the task of keeping track of cash a little easier by translating spending information into visuals, the

Mint can sync with checking and savings accounts as well as credit cards. It then automatically keeps track of how much is spent and what it is spent on, breaking it down into categories like “shopping,” “travel,” and “home.”

Users may also create their own budget with Mint, which can then keep track of purchases to prevent overspending.

A Mint account can be synchronized across tablets, smartphones, and personal computers, making it an easy-to-access and completely cost-free assistant for anyone trying to keep an eye on their spending.

Flashcard Apps

As long as there is information to be memorized, flashcards will hold their place in students' study routines. There are plenty of flashcard apps to be found in app stores, but Chegg Flashcards is the safest bet. The flashcards are only available on Apple products.

Chegg Flashcards enables users to make their own card sets, add photos to cards, and keep track of wrong and right answers.

For those seeking an application that is compatible across various operating systems, StudyBlue Flashcards offers similar features to Chegg, but to Android and iOS users alike. Additionally, with this application, users can add classes and connect with classmates to ask questions and make studying a collaborative effort.

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