Phones are not just for phone calls any more. They can be computers, maps, tour guides, game centers, cameras, search engines, and many more things. With the right apps, they can even become a tool for college.
We researched many of the education apps out there and chose the 17 most useful apps to the average college applicant and student. These 17 apps can help you with the college search, with college prep, with your college applications, with academics once you are in college, and with the college lifestyle in general.
Pretty useful, right?
While these 17 apps should not be your sole providers of information, they are certainly a convenient and fun way to take on a small part of the college admissions process.
So browse away, and happy downloading!
1. Peterson’s College Guide
- What it does – allows you to search for information on thousands of institutions, including such statistics as selectivity, financial aid, and majors offered.
- Best used for – quick research or browsing to get ideas about different schools. For extensive research, rely on information from the school’s admissions office and website. Also very handy for campus tours.
- Favorite Feature – “Shake for a College Suggestion” feature. Simply shake your phone and explore the random colleges that come up.
2. College Confidential Mobile App
- What it does – provides college admissions articles and allows participants to discuss various parts of the admissions process. You can participate in discussions on the go, check college application blogs, and interact with other users.
- Best used for – Background research and gauging what other college applicants are talking about.
- Favorite Feature – “Campus Vibe” section, which allows iPhone users to browse through hundreds of reports from students who have gone on college visits at a specific school.
3. futureU SAT
- What it does – allows you to play SAT prep games on the go. Games are based on a Kaplan curriculum and accompanied by test taking tips.
- Best used for – supplemental test prep.
- Favorite feature – portable nature of app allows you to study anytime or anywhere, which is great for consistent test preparation.
4. SAT Vocab Challenge Vol. 1 by The Princeton Review
- What it does – quizzes you on 250 vocabulary words often encountered on the SAT exam. You can test yourself on definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and positive and negative connotations.
- Best used for – on the go vocab studying.
- Favorite feature – some challenges are timed to simulate the actual SAT test-taking environment.
5. SAT Connect
- What it does – provides on-the-go SAT studying with 800 test questions, 7 diagnostic tests, study guides, and vocabulary flashcards. Provides feedback on your scores and times and keeps track of your progress.
- Best used for – diagnosing SAT problems areas for yourself and focusing on practice questions within those areas.
- Favorite feature -gives you detailed explanations of the answers to any questions that you miss, which helps you to avoid making the same mistake twice.
6. Common App Mobile
- What it does – allows you to fill out your applicant through your mobile phone but this not recommended.
- Best used for – checking the status of your application and making sure that various stages of your application have been processed.
- Favorite feature – the ability to check your application status on the go- you no longer have to hover nervously in front of a computer.
- What it does – keeps documents in one easily accessible location, which is great for the variety of essays and other documents that you accumulate during the Aegean College application process. Allows you to sync files from various locations.
- Best used for – storing essay drafts, recommendations, and resumes in a secure location.
- Favorite feature – app uses an online storage mechanism, which means that your documents are safe from any ill-timed computer crashes.
8. iStudiez Pro
- What it does – tracks homework and deadlines for all of your classes. You can also color code and label various extracurricular activities and place them alongside your class calendar.
- Best used for – keeping track of the many obligations that come with being a college student. Having all of your schedule information in one place will make it easy to plan out your obligations and work schedule.
- Favorite Feature – the “Today” view reflects all of your academic and extracurricular obligations for a particular day.