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6 Awesome iPhone Apps to Help With College Apps

11/12/2009 by Reporter, My College Guide

Applying to college? There’s an app for that. Tons of them, in fact.


If you’ve got an iPhone, you probably already use it for everything from locating your car in the parking lot to filming funny videos of your friends. But you may not be aware that your phone can also be the perfect tool to help you get into your top-choice school. From tools that help you study for your SATs to essay writing aids, here are some of the best iPhone apps for the college-bound student. (And hey, if you don’t have an iPhone yet, telling your parents about all these apps could be just the trick to get them to cave.)


Do you know you need a certain grade point average to get into your dream school, or to receive a college scholarship? The Grade Tracker app provides a simple and sophisticated way to keep track of your current GPA, using an illustrated graph to show your progress. The tool keeps track of your grades for each class over the course of a semester, and can show you what effect your next test score will have on your overall grade.


This course management app can replace the need for a day planner, allowing you to take note of all of your upcoming assignments, quizzes, and tests, with the simple click of a button. Bonus: the app can even store your teachers’ contact details—so you can easily jot off emails to your favorites when it comes time to request letters of recommendation.

SAT Vocab Challenge

Created by none other than the test prep maestros at the Princeton Review, this comprehensive app lets you turn any spare minute into an opportunity for vocabulary cramming. The Vocab Challenge offers a variety of timed multiple-choice vocab challenges, featuring 250 of the words most frequently used in the SAT. It’s an ineffable way to expedite your edification. (Didn’t quite get that? You need this app.)

College Application Essays Pro

Are you struggling when it comes to summing up your life story in 500 words or less? For most students, the personal statement is the most difficult part of the college application process. This group of four related apps makes it easier, providing a virtual writing tutor inside your iPhone. The tools can help you to define your writing assignment, and help you come up with an outline for your essay. Then, if you’d rather not type up your entire essay on your phone, you can email your notes to your home computer. It won’t actually write your essay for you, but it’s a close second. A version for ESL students is also available.

iCollege Guide

Lots of research goes into choosing a college, but you probably don’t feel like carrying around a heavy reference book all day. Instead, the iCollege Guide app can provide you with all the information you need about schools in the United States, so it’s easy to check out colleges’ stats during your lunch break or any time you have a free minute. The app provides tons of details on over 3,000 schools, and allows you to bookmark your favorites to come back to later.

Pack & Go

Finally, the time has come. You’ve applied to schools, you’ve made your choice, and it’s time to go. All that’s left to do is pack up all your prized possessions and head off to your new dorm. Well, your phone can help with that, too. With the Pack & Go app, you can create comprehensive packing lists from the common items listed in its database, or add your own. The app lets you create as many custom lists as you wish, including “to do” lists to cover all those last-minute errands before your bon voyage. Once you’ve arrived at school, you can clear your packing list—and create a new one for your first visit home.