“Top Free Apps for College Students”

Apps are more than social media and addictive games. These are apps that have helped me and many college students around the nation. They’ve helped with organization, time management and lifestyle. Downloading an app isn’t a lifelong commitment so check these apps out because they might be your savior in college.

1. GrantEd


The GrantEd Calculator is to connects Black, brown and underestimated students with scholarships and financial aid. All scholarships are vetted and verified by humans. No more broken links and outdated information.

No one wants to graduate from university and feel as if they are now drowning in debt and don’t know where to start. That is why scholarships are here to help you lessen the financial burden going to university can have on people. Everyone deserves a chance at education and should take advantage of all opportunities that are out there. Internships and fellowships are a great way to put your skills to work and build a strong resume.

2. Quizlet

On the Quizlet app you can make the best study guides. It’s currently used by 1-in-3 college students in the United States.

From freshman year to senior year you need to make sure to stay sharp and not fall into the habit of “cramming”. The lack of sleep will affect your performance and although you might remember “oh yeah I read about that” when looking through your exam it won’t really make sense.

The Quizlet app allows you to create folders and categorize your study guides by class. The Learn feature is a smart, customizable, and adaptive learning experience. As you get better the questions get harder and that is exactly the challenge you need when studying. There are also other features such as cards, write, match and test.

3. Lynda

Lynda makes it easy to learn skills on-demand. So this one might be slightly more tricky. Where I go to university it is offered for free by the city library but many universities offer a free membership. When the original price is $29.99/month you know you’re getting an AMAZING DEAL. Check with your school or your city library if you have free access to it.

From personal experience freshman year I did not have a single class related to my major. I was hungry for knowledge and ready to start practicing. I took beginner courses on Marketing, SEO, Advertising, Social Media, and many more from my phone whenever I found free time. Best of all its LinkedIn certified and you can automatically add all of your certifications to your LinkedIn profile. Courses vary from design, development, IT, marketing, audio + music and many more. It is almost guaranteed you will find something you will be interested in.

5. Duolingo

If a language class isn’t in your degree plan and you can’t find time to be taking an additional class you should consider downloading Duolingo. On Duolingo you can join over 200 million learners. It’s free, fun and effective. You can practice reading, writing, speaking, listening and conversation with intelligent chatbots.

I speak three languages and am currently slowly learning two more. It’s beautiful to travel to a country and experience it a little bit closer to the way locals do. Having a way to keep track of your progress on your phone makes it easy to stay motivated. Learning another language is a skill that not many have that could give you an advantage in the workplace once you graduate.

6. Your University App

Most universities have their own app by now. This was my go to app my first year to check up on campus news, sporting events, my courses, dining information etc. There are hundreds of resources and events that your university makes available. The hardest part is sometimes getting the word out because we can fall into the habit of going from bed to class and back to bed.

Make the most of your four years by filling your calendar with networking events, clubs and organizations, sporting events to go to with friends, etc… Four years go by way too fast and it might not feel like it on the first week when you are walking around campus lost but the second you get the hang of it time begins to fly by.

7. Google Drive

Google Drive makes working on group assignments 10x easier and losing your notes virtually impossible. When working on group assignments which will come at one point or another it’s not fun to be constantly messaging each other asking “are you done?”, “hey did you finish your part?”. On google drive you can work simultaneously on a project and see each others progress and how and assignments looks when everyones work has been tied together.

If you are working on a library computer which is mostly reliable you never know if your word document could crash or you accidentally click out of it and there goes your work. On Google Drive everything is automatically saved and you can pick up where you left off on your phone if you have to be on the go.


These are just some of the apps that are available, browse the app store and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments down below.