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    College Packing List

    by Slug Books LLC

    If you're starting your first year of college, then you may be moving into a dorm on campus. That process can be fun, but also very stressful. Why not make it easier on yourself with College Packing List? This app allows students to create a master list of everything that they will need for their dorm room, which will be broken into six categories and several subcategories for complete organization. Once you purchase or pack the things you are taking with you, simply check it off the list. All changes will be saved automatically. This app is a great way to keep track of all that stuff you've just bought for the upcoming semester.

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    Amazon Mobile

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    Before classes begin, you'll need to get some school supplies. Amazon.com is a great place to get new or used textbooks, paper, folders, and almost anything else you may need. Amazon Prime is free for students and so is its two day shipping. Start the year off right with all of the tools you need.

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    Fantastical

    by Flexibits Inc.

    No professor likes a tardy student. When you get your schedule you'll want to add it to your iPhone's calendar. The built in calendar is great, but if you are looking for a simple alternative that still looks amazing, then check out Fantastical. This calendar is great because you can just type in your event details or use dictation to add an event (or exam) to your calendar.

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    iStudiez Pro

    by iStudiez Team

    Are you looking for more than just a calendar? Then look no further than iStudiez Pro. This all-encompassing student planner will keep track of your current school schedule, exams, quizzes, assignments, and even your grades. It's all done in a beautiful and smooth interface that is extremely easy-to-use. You can even get information about your entire semester at a glance. If you absolutely can only get one paid app for your studies, then make it iStudiez Pro. This app should be on every student's iPhone by default.

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    Drafts

    by Agile Tortoise

    What about those moments when you just have to jot down something quickly, such as a book recommendation or a professor's email address? Rather than reaching out for a piece of paper, you should reach for your iPhone with Drafts instead. Drafts is an extremely fast way to jot down anything you may need to reference later before it escapes your mind. The Link mode turns any phone number, address, or URL in a draft into a clickable link, which is very handy. Once you have the text down, there are plenty of things you can do with it, such as email, copy, or import the text into a third party app. Drafts are also kept in the app unless you specifically delete them, so you will never lose any information you put into it. Markdown support is here too, for those that have experience with it (great for writing for the web).

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    Evernote

    by Evernote

    Looking for a full-featured note-taking app, rather than just a quick burst of thought? There are myriad apps out there for note taking, but the free and universal Evernote is the best. Your notes sync effortlessly to the cloud and can be accessed on all of your other devices and computers. The app even allows you to record audio while typing out text notes. Evernote is loaded with easy to use features that feel like they are designed for students. There is also a premium subscription available with some bonus features such as the ability to import various files like PDFs for quick referencing. While it's a nice option, the free account should be more than enough for most students, especially when you can just download the next app in this list.

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    Dropbox

    by Dropbox

    While Evernote may be a great place for all of your text notes, what about those files that you need to complete your projects and other assignments? Fear not, for the free Dropbox app is here to save the day! Students can sign up with Dropbox to get 2GB of free storage space, and you can always earn more by referring other users to the service. There are also premium subscriptions available, from 100GB for $99 to 500GB for $499, but for most, the free account should suffice. Store all of your important files in Dropbox and access them from any device or computer ā€” with Dropbox, your files will go wherever you go.

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    Blackboard Mobileā„¢ Learn

    by Blackboard Inc.

    Many colleges and universities use the online learning environment, Blackboard, in their classes. If your school is one of them, then Blackboard Mobile Learn for iPhone is an absolute must-have. You can carry the virtual classroom around in your pocket, read course syllabi, post to class discussions, and even check your grades while you're on the go.

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    Kindle

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    You'll be hard pressed to find another company that has as much textbook content as Amazon. Their Kindle Store offers textbook rentals for however long you need the book, or you can just buy the Kindle editions of what you need. Best of all, your textbooks sync across all of your Kindle-enabled devices, including your Mac, PC and iPad. Sadly, not all textbooks are available digitally, and you may need to scan some books for personal use (or simply use the old fashioned hardcover format). The iPhone version won't be able to view your textbooks, but you can still use it for plenty of other reading material.

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    Articles

    by Sophiestication Software

    Normally, teachers and professors advise against consulting Wikipedia for those tedious research papers, but that doesn't mean that you can't use it as an informal reference. And for that, the best Wikipedia app for your iPhone is easily Articles from Sophiestication Software. This beautiful app allows you to search through the entire repertoire of articles in Wikipedia's database, and you can view multiple articles at once in a Safari-like interface. You can even bookmark pages and add items to your reading list if you just don't have time to go through it all. Learn more about your school and the surrounding area with the Nearby feature. If you need Wikipedia at all during your school career, then this is the best app for the job.

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    Terminology Ph

    by Agile Tortoise

    Come across a word you don't quite understand in your research? Then make sure to look it up and expand your vocabulary with Terminology Ph! This is a lightweight and fast dictionary thesaurus app for your iPhone (with a separate iPad version). Search for words and watch the app deliver results in real-time, and get multiple definitions and even synonyms when appropriate. You can also pull up Wikipedia articles with Articles or another app of your choice, or just use a web view. Bookmark favorite words and even see a complete history of what you've already looked up. Never be left in the dark about words again with Terminology Ph.

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    WolframAlpha

    by Wolfram Alpha LLC

    When you go to college, you probably have to take a science or math class here or there. If that's the case, then you will absolutely need to have WolframAlpha on your iPhone. WolframAlpha has been built with 25 years of development and has a huge database of algorithms and data, which it uses to accurately compute answers and generate reports. It covers everything you need in all fields of mathematics and the sciences, making it essential to have in your college app collection.

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    Pages

    by Apple

    Have an essay due? Pages is a great app for writing papers. This is a full featured word processor that will run on both your iPhone and iPad. Your documents will automatically sync from your iOS device and Mac thanks to iCloud. If you have an AirPrint compatible printer, you can even print your paper directly from your iPhone or iPad! Amazing what technology can do nowadays, right? Pages is one of the best apps a student can have, and while it doesn't come cheap, it is well worth the price.

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    Numbers

    by Apple

    Need to do some spreadsheets instead of writing up a paper? No problem, Apple has you covered with Numbers for your iPhone (and iPad). This is a fully featured spreadsheet app that allows you to make a spreadsheet for any occasion, and you can even add tables, charts, photos, and other graphics to make yours stand out from the rest. There are also plenty of formulas and functions to make it easier on you. All of it is done through a beautiful and intuitive interface. Use iCloud to sync your spreadsheets with your iOS devices and Mac, without any effort from you. If you need spreadsheets for class, then this is the app you need to get.

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    Keynote

    by Apple

    Don't forget about those presentations! Keynote makes it possible to create a stunning and superb demonstration in front of your peers with just your iPhone or iPad. There are many templates to choose from, and you can make it yours by adding charts, graphs, photos, and other items. Get the attention of your audience with fun animations, fonts, and styles. All of your slides will be preserved through iCloud, so you can always access it on other iOS devices and even your Mac. Never be caught off guard for a class presentation again with Keynote in your pocket.

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    Songza

    by Songza Media, Inc.

    Like having some background music on while doing homework? Spotify and Rdio are good, but $10 per month can be a bit high for the budget of many college students. Songza is a free music streaming app that allows you to choose from hundreds of playlists sorted by activity, mood, genre, etc. Now you can get the perfect music to play during your studies, or any occasion that may come up, such as partying or just plain old relaxing in between classes.

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    Flashcards Deluxe

    by OrangeOrApple.com

    Flashcards Deluxe was created by a student and has been optimized with every scholar's needs in mind. You can have five-sided cards, images, and many other important study features that will help you ace your next exam. Flashcards are an educational staple, and your iPhone is a hassle-free way to create and carry them.

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    Urbanspoon

    by Urbanspoon

    While studying, it's easy to forget what time the dining hall closes. That's why you need Urbanspoon, the best app for finding a decent bite to eat. Whether you're craving pizza or Chinese takeout, Urbanspoon will point you in the right direction. The price-sensitive search helps you do it on a college student's meager budget, too.

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    Amazon Student

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    Before closing out the school year, you'll want to pay Amazon.com another visit. Their Student app provides a quick and easy way to sell back the textbooks that you no longer need. Textbooks are expensive, and this app aims to help you recoup a little extra cash just when you need it most.

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    Day One (Journal / Diary)

    by Bloom Built, LLC

    When you've had your fill of studying, getting closer to graduation, making friends, and maybe several parties, why not keep a journal of all the good (and even the bad) times? Day One is the best way to do this, and it can even remind you to jot down some quick memories. This simple and elegant app allows you to store your thoughts by either text or images. It can also gather location data and weather, so you can remember exactly how that day was. Carry your daily record on multiple iDevices and your Mac with the fast and reliable Dropbox or iCloud syncing and backup. This app is an essential way to remember your life. Capture your school year from start to finish with Day One.