35 Super Helpful Websites and Apps for College Student Success


If you’re anything like us, then you often have multiple mobile devices within reach at all times and you may even use them simultaneously to boot. It’s just the way things are these days with all of the technological advances that zoom along and if we don’t want to get left in the dust we have to pick up a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

There are a lot of tools out there that can make the use of mobile devices really helpful and many of those tools are geared towards college students. Upon seeing what the demand was for student friendly websites and apps, we decided to fall down the technology rabbit hole in the name of research. Here’s a bit of what we found in the process!

Mobile Device Use Among College Students

There’s no denying that we live in a digital world and that college students rely heavily on laptops, tablets and smartphones as tools during their time in school. As a matter of fact, the recent Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey shows the following for device usage:

  • Nine in ten students attending college use a laptop, notebook, netbook or Chromebook each week. This translates into roughly 89% of students using these devices to survive those long nights of studying and researching.
  • 45% of college students say that they own a tablet and use it for studying, class related apps and more.
  • Eight in ten college students tend to use their smartphones to access the internet, use apps, record lectures among many other things during any given week. With roughly 83% of students tapping away on their iPhones or Galaxy S5’s, they are not too inclined to ditch these devices totally as, so we can bet that multiple devices will be used for quite a while.

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And Now For The Good Stuff…

We were once college students too and we would have considered giving up a limb for a list of websites and apps to help use get through our college years. You can thank all of those flashbacks we have of our late nights studying, head scratching over one math problem or another not to mention the time spent researching and writing papers, for what we’ve got in store for you today.

We decided to help our readers out by whipping up a little something to use on all of those gadgets that are used so much and serve as a lifeline to students. So, pull up a new internet window and load up the app store because we are going to drop some seriously helpful stuff on you today! Ready? Let’s get this party started!

30 Super Helpful Websites for College Students

We combed the internet far and wide while slaving over our keyboards in order to find the most helpful, the most useful and some of the best darn websites out there for college students. We think you’ll like what we’ve found for you and that they may make your time on campus a bit less stressful.

Here are our top 340 website picks:

Websites for Every Student

  • Rate My Professor: When each new semester rolls around many students are left wondering “Which professors are best and who should I avoid?” You can now look to this site for some great feedback from past students and view a rating system for potential professors. There are currently 1.4 million professors listed with over 15 million ratings on the site and 7,000 schools listed. Students attending schools in North America, Canada and the United Kingdom, can take a peek at some of their potential professors with ease and make a more informed enrollment decision as a result!
  • Khan Academy: This is a pretty great resource for students as it offers a new way to work on some of the skills that you may be falling behind on. Students can use Khan’s large library resource database and partake in interactive assessments, challenges and even some helpful videos on a variety of topics. It’s also free and we all know that little detail is pretty important to college students, especially when budgets are tight and tuition rates high.
  • Text Swap: For most students, textbooks don’t serve a whole lot of purpose after the course is completed…unless you’re in the market for an overpriced paperweight, that is. So, how about swapping out your old textbooks for new ones that you need for other classes? It’s kind of a great idea, right? This is all made possible and pretty easy through the website, Text Swap.
  • Study Guide Zone: Have a big exam coming up? No problem with the use of Study Guide Zone! This website makes it super easy for students to hop on, pick their course and snag a free study guide. There are many other useful tools covering many different aspects of student life as well. It’s sort of like your one stop study shop and will help you get those A’s you’ve been working so hard for.

  • Basecamp: This is a pretty cool website that will allow you to create projects, share them with other students, keep organized, send messages to those involved in your projects and much more. It’s a perfect solution to any issues that may arise during big college projects that involve team work, but it’s also super useful for solo assignments if you’re more of the loan wolf type.

  • Saylor: If you’ve got a bit of down time or feel the need to beef of your knowledge in other areas, then Saylor may be the website for you. Their mission is to bring education to everyone for free and they do just that on their website. The class selection is rather large, so here are a few to give you an idea of what’s available: Public Speaking, Principles of Finance, Business Statistics and Introduction to Psychology.
  • Study Hacks: This is a website that covers everything from student advice to career information. There’s a wealth of information available at your fingertips with just a few clicks of your mouse!

Websites for Student Researchers

  • RefDesk: Here is a website that is bursting with information. The three goals of the website creators are: “fast access, intuitive and easy navigation and comprehensive content, rationally indexed”. So, if you’ve got internet facts that you want to verify, RefDesk is a good place to start. You can’t go wrong with this award winning website!
  • Center for Online Learning, Research and Service: The University of Illinois-Springfield brings helpful online tools to students to aid in online learning, research, technology and to even supply best practices. UIS is fast becoming a leader in this area and the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service sure makes believers out of us.
  • Internet Public Library: College students in need of magazine, newspapers, books, encyclopedias or dictionaries should for sure check out this super helpful website. Not only does it supply those in need with a ton of valuable information, but it’s all available for free! Talk about a sweet deal!

  • Open Culture: The Open Culture website is an awesome source of valuable information whether you’re looking for online courses, audio books, free movies, free textbooks and endless research opportunities. There’s really a little bit of something for everyone on this site.

  • Encyclopedia.com: When it’s time to research you need to have sources that you can trust and cite without worrying about the information being faulty. Well, this is where Encyclopedia.com comes in since they offer great citable content that is verified and used by more than 100 other respectable encyclopedias and/or dictionaries.
  • ChaCha: No, we’re not suggesting you take dance classes, but we do think you should check this website out. While you may not want to cite ChaCha in your thesis paper, it is still a great place to get information and quickly. There are over 15,000 guides on hand to answer nearly any question that pops up and in a super speedy way.
  • American Fact Finder: When questions regarding economic, geographic, population and housing data pops up, one of the best places to check is the American Fact Finder on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website. It’s sort of your one stop shop for research in this area and has the information needed to provide accurate data.

Websites for Student Writers

  • EasyBib: There is tons of writing to be done in college and with most writing, comes the need to create a means of citing your resources. The EasyBib website will certainly help you with that process, but the fun doesn’t stop there. There are also tools to help with research, title pages and even an essay checker. You’ll certainly be cranking out some quality writing pieces with the help of EasyBib.
  • Essay Punch: Writing essays will be a breeze with the helpful essay writing tools, tips and tricks offered on the Essay Punch. This is a super actionable site with goals of helping students keep their thoughts organized and keep expanding on their growing essay writing skills.
  • Zotero: This website takes a different approach to creating bibliographies with a convenient plugin tool that can be installed on your computer. The Zotero plugin works with your internet browser to help you cite sources accurately and download important pages and online journals. Once you’re ready, you can pull your writing all together with your sources and research pages in one nice little package.

  • Write! Online Writing Tools for College Students: This website will help students in need of writing assistance in many areas. Some of the topics at your fingertips will be thesis development help, help defining the audience of your paper and will aid in determining what your approach to writing is.

  • Wridea: A big part of writing, whether it’s for a research paper or an essay, is brainstorming. This is where the Wridea website comes in as it will allow you to put all of your ideas into one place, organize them and even improve them as you go along. There is also a great sharing option available if there is a need or inclination to share our thoughts with others.
  • Grubba: There may be times when you have to tackle a monster writing project for a college class and with a large project can come a need to create a handy database to keep all of your research and ideas streamlined. Grubba will do all of this for you and most awesomely, it’s free!

Websites for Avid Readers in College

  • The Online Books Page: Readers go through books pretty quickly at times and buying new ones isn’t always financially veasible, especially for college students on a Ramen noodle budget. This becomes less of an issue with the University of Pennsylvania’s The Online Book Page as it houses well over 30,000 books online and for free!

  • Open Library: This is a great website for college students to hit up when they are in need of new books for course purposes or even just to read during the limited down time that’s squeezed in between exams, homework and essays. Open Library currently has more than 20 million records with more added all the time and will surely have something to appeals to nearly everyone.

  • Project Gutenberg: If an e-book catalog with over 46,000 titles available that you can read on your Kindle, download or read online, sounds nice then it’s time to head over to the Project Gutenberg website. There isn’t a fee attached to using the website, but there is a request for a small donation to continue the work the site administrators are doing.
  • Bookboon.com: Textbooks are wicked expensive, but they don’t have to be with the use of the Bookboon.com website. Here, students can get copies of texbooks in PDF form in areas like accounting, economics, engineering, IT and more. There are also some e-books available on this website, which is an extra awesome bonus.
  • Open Book Project: You won’t find any e-books on the Open Book Project website, but there are more than enough free textbooks and open-source learning materials available. It’s a must see for college students needing textbooks without incurring all the crazy fees that are attached to the ones found in the school bookstore.
  • College Open Textbooks: This is a website that invested in bringing awareness to the need for open textbooks in college institutions. As of now, there are textbooks available for courses in the following areas: U.S. History, Micro and Macro Economics, Collaborative Statistics and Sociology.
  • Questia: Here is a website that has a library loaded with books and articles on a bunch of different topics that will help you learn, research and even become a better writer. There are books available about anthropology, psychology, literature, economics and so much more.
  • OpenStax: OpenStax is working hard to provide textbook style books to all students who want to learn and they have done a pretty great job so far. There are currently topics covered in the areas of art, business, humanities, social sciences, science and technology and math/statistics.
  • SparkNotes: For those times when you are behind on your reading or you are a little fuzzy on the details, head on over to the SparkNotes website for a quick summary of books, essay help and much more. Think of it like Cliffsnotes for the internet savvy college student!
  • The Global Text Project: This is a pretty great website that takes books on subjects like business, computing, education, health, science and social sciences then converts them into other languages. The books are available in HTML format and PDF to help students around the world learn with ease.

More Good Stuff…

Now we can put the laptops aside and pick up the phones and tablets! We’re going to talk about some super helpful and really useful apps that will make your time in college much easier. There’s also the added bonus of each app being free, so you can’t really go wrong! So, pull up that app store and get your fingers ready do to some tapping because it’s app time!

Apps for College Students

  • Mint: This is a handy dandy little app that is great for college students because it helps with budgeting and keeping tabs on your bank/savings accounts. You can link your accounts and credit cards with the Mint app and set up all of your monthly budgets. This will be super useful for budgets like groceries, public transportation, gas, educational materials and entertainment. The Mint app is available for both iPhone and Android operating systems too!
  • Pocket: Here is an app that is really like having an ace in your pocket (Ha! We’ve got jokes!). You can use this app to bookmark all of those interesting articles you want to read while scrolling through your Facebook feed that always seem to disappear when you go back later to find them. You can also use while researching for your courses and you stumble upon a useful bit of information since Pocket also has a nifty little tag feature. You’ll be able to use this app on Apple and Android devices with the added bonus of being able to use the website too.
  • Google Docs: You’ve most likely used the Google Docs app in your Chrome internet browser on your laptop, but the fun doesn’t stop there with this app! You can also download it on your smartphone or tablet. This app makes viewing, sharing and editing documents on the fly a breeze and there’s the added bonus of not having to save the changes and email the actual file back and forth repeatedly since all changes are updated automatically.
  • Evernote: Here is another app that can be used with Apple or Android operating systems. Easy note taking is a really helpful tool for a college student to have and it can be achieved with the Evernote app. On top of being able to take quick notes, you can also take pictures, record audio and then organize all of your data into nice little files. Oh, did we mention that you can then you can sync your files will all of your devices allowing you access to the good if you are using your laptop, tablet or phone? Well, now we’ve mentioned it, so go get this time saving app!
  • Any.DO: Kiss the days of to-do list being written on scrap pieces of paper and sticky notes goodbye, because now you can use the Any.DO app to keep yourself on point and save a few trees in the process. This app will help you keep a to-do list for nearly any tasks and will help you get them done in a timely manner. You can take a look at the app first thing in the morning to make sure you know what needs to be done each day and mark things off as you go.

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