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The Best Apps for the College Class

Think you brought everything you need for college? Now that you've settled into campus life and your class schedule, you might be wondering what apps out there might make your life just a little easier -- without breaking the bank. College Education 411 has scoured the app stores to find the best-rated apps for your college life for free ninety nine or less. :) Well, OK, we've tossed just a few paid (but cheap) apps into this list, too. Just 'cuz they're too useful to overlook.
 

Best Free Mobile Apps for College
 

Grades 2
This handy app lets you track your GPA at all times, and will even tell you what scores you need on upcoming tests and assignments in order to maintain or increase your desired GPA. A due-date feature also helps you keep track of when assignments are due, so you stay on track with your grades and your GPA.
Rating: 4 Stars (on iTunes App Store)
Price: Free (the app is supported by ads). Pay just $1 for an ad-free version.
 

 

iBooks 2
With iBooks 2 you can buy and read e-books on your mobile devices, with custom displays and search functions. This app also includes access to many fully illustrated textbooks that may be a part of your college course curriculum. You can also include bookmarks, notes, and highlight important sections to help you study for assignments and exams.
Rating: 4 Stars (on iTunes App Store)
Price: Free
 

 

Evernote
A New York Times 'Top 10 Must-Have App', Evernote lets you record notes, to-do lists, photos of information, voice reminders and more and syncs them across your mobile devices and computers. Take class notes and meeting notes on whatever device you want, and find the information on another device later. All notes are searchable (you can even search for text in images) and the app provides intuitive filing to help you organize your notes.
Rating: 4 Stars (on iTunes App Store)
Price: Free
 

 

iTunes U
This app gives you access to free courses and online educational materials from top universities like Yale, Stanford, and UC Berkeley as well as educational reference materials from reputable institutions such as the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Public Library.
Rating: 4.5 Stars (on iTunes App Store)
Price: Free
 

 

SparkNotes
Search for and find top study guides for literature, Shakespeare, short stories, philosophy, drama, poetry, and more. SparkNotes also lets you organize and manage study groups using its guides right in the app itself.
Rating: 4 Stars (on iTunes App Store)
Price: Free
 


Best Mobile Apps for College at Five Bucks or Less

 

Pro: Alarm
Never be late to class again with Pro: Alarm. Featuring multiple reusable alarms and full LCD displays, this app will make sure you don't oversleep and keep you on schedule with your college classes. Customizable themes and a large selection of alarm sounds lets you decide how you want to be woken up. And weather alerts let you know what you need to wear to class as soon as you get up in the morning.

Rating: 4 Stars (on iTunes App Store)

Price: $0.99

 

WorldBook English Dictionary and Thesaurus
This handy reference lets you find the words your professors drop into their lectures at your fingertips. Also features recorded pronunciations so you'll sound smart, notes features, and a word puzzle solver to help you impress.

Rating: 5 Stars (on iTunes App Store)

Price: $1.99

 

iStudiez Pro
Voted the 2010 Best Young Adults App for iPad, iStudiez Pro helps you organize and keep track of your class schedule, homework, tests and assignments, social calendar, individual grades and GPA, and more. And the app comes with data protection features to make sure your important information is private and secure.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (on iTunes App Store)

Price: $0.99

 

Wikipanion Plus
A great app for viewing Wikipedia pages on your mobile device, Wikipanion Plus lets you queue Wikipedia entries, saving them to read later. Bookmark important sections to help supplement your class materials. Download Wikipedia entries to read offline later -- even as you read other entries in real time.

Rating: 4 Stars (on iTunes App Store)

 

The Official Guide for GMAT(R) Review - 13th Edition
You're in college, but do you have your sights set on grad school? If you do, this app is for you. Get full questions and answers from official GMAT tests in this handy app to help you prepare for taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Take practice tests, get an analysis of your scores, and even register to take the GMAT online.

Rating: not yet rated

Price: $4.99

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