The best Mac apps for college students

January 16, 2013

When college students hear that there are plenty of apps available to help them with finances, productivity and staying on task, they immediately think of an iPhone or iPad.

But I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of great apps that college students can download from the Mac App Store that can do all of this and more.

Here are some of our favorites:

iWork: Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Microsoft Office is probably the office suite of choice for many students, but Apple’s version isn’t too shabby.

And most importantly, it can export into word format.

For $20 per app, you’re no longer tied down to buying a full suite. Even if you need all of them (Numbers is Apple’s version of Excel and Keynote is PowerPoint), you’re only spending $60, compared to Microsoft’s $100+ suite.

Of course, most students will use Pages to write up those pesky essays, but if they want to creative, there are plenty of great templates to choose from.

And attention seniors that will be job hunting: The resume templates are really, REALLY good.


I can’t say enough how great of an app Evernote is.

Long gone are the days of trying to write down everything on those spiral notebooks.

Open a new note for each class, tag it appropriately (or even start a separate notebook for each class!) and you’ll never lose a note again. Evernote syncs to a cloud, allowing you to pull up your notes from anywhere: an iPad, the web, iPhone or from the Evernote App.

Oh, did I mention it’s free?


This might be a little outdated, but if your on a minutes plan, but still want to call home, tell your parents to also download Skype.

It’s the best way to keep in touch with mom and dad back at home. They care about you and want to make sure you’re doing ok.

16 More Apps

Now, as mentioned, there are plenty of options for apps out there for the iPhone. With the help of Southern New Hampshire University, here’s an infographic outlining those apps.
Helpful Apps to Help Cure The Stress of College Life (Infographic)
Presented By SNHU.EDU Online College Programs

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