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Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About  

Erica Scheidt
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College. A mythical land where the Natty Ice flows, underwear runs are mandatory, and the party rages all day, every day. All right, maybe not exactly. More like: College. A very real, very stressful, very fun, very life-changing time, where you learn an immense amount about yourself as you navigate the waters of adulthood. While college can bring the best of times, it can also be a stressful and confusing time for most; that's why it's important to be as prepared as humanly possible! This list ranks the essential brands all college freshman should be aware of and use extensively.

University life and higher education will definitely throw you some curveballs throughout your four years, but it's best to start your higher learning off on the right path, beginning with your freshman year. Whether it's making your dorm space more livable (and trust us when we say, dorm living sucks) by snapping up the most affordable and adorable room essentials, keeping track of your stress and health through fun and easy to use apps, or flashing your student I.D. to get some insanely awesome discounts, these must have brands will make the college transition as smooth as possible. Unless you were foolish enough to sign up for an 8 am lecture. You're on your own there.

So strap on your beer goggles, tie up your toga, and prepare yourself for some sleepless nights. These must have college brands will help you make sure that those magical four years are the best!

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Netflix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Online shopping, Video Tape and Disc Rental, Streaming media
Why not watch every season of Breaking Bad before tackling that term paper?
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Amazon.com is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail, Online service provider
Buying textbooks from the campus bookstore is a ripoff. Use Amazon instead!
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Trojan Condoms is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Trojan Condoms
Safe is sexy, kids!
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Rate My Professor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Rate My Professor
Use Rate My Professor to check out reviews from past students. 
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Target is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Cheap, durable, and stylish, dorm essentials will keep you afloat your freshman year.
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Costco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Retail, All Other General Merchandise Stores, Miscellaneous General Merchandise Stores
Costco = God's gift/sample paradise
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Apple is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Writing papers on a Mac just feels more efficient.
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Nissin Top Ramen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Nissin Top Ramen
Healthy? No. Made with real food? Maybe! Cheap, easy to make, and a college staple? Yes.
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SparkNotes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
SparkNotes
Avoid tearing out your hair and use SparkNotes to figure what the The Bard was going on about. 
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Groupon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
The majority of your time in college, you will be broke. Save money on fun activities and restaurants with Groupon. 
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Quizlet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Quizlet
Save time making notecards with Quizlet and gain access to classmate's flashcards, too.
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Red Bull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Stay spazzy and nail the all-nighter with a Red Bull (or seven).
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Hewlett-Packard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Software, Computer hardware, Electronic Computer Manufacturing
Affordable and durable, Hewlett Packard also offers great discounts for college students with their HP Academy Program.
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Evernote is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Evernote
The ultimate note-taking app, Evernote lets you digitize and search for notes you took on paper on any media device. 
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Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Get the Pack & Hold service and pick up your dorm essentials at a store near campus.
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Trader Joe's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Retail
Two Buck Chuck sold next to tasty and affordable food? Trader Joe's has a loyal college following for a reason. 
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Easybib is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Easybib
Forgot the rules of MLA citation? Have less than 5 minutes to write a bibliography? Easybib has you covered.
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Solo Cup Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Solo Cup Company
The essential brand for parties and beer pong.
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Student Rate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Student Rate
Use Student Rate to cash in on some amazing goodies at deep discounts! 
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Audible Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Business Services, NEC
Are you more of a listener than a reader? Download audiobooks or record lectures through Audible.
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Study Room is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Study Room
Miss last week's class? Join getstudyroom.com and get notes and study guides from fellow classmates.
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MiNT is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
College life can be a money suck. Track your budget and spending through Mint.com.
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Barefoot Student is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Barefoot Student
Barefoot Student will help you find fun, local and internships. 
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Speck Products is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Consumer electronics
Protect your precious gadgets with Speck Products's stylish protective cases. Your smartphone screen will thank you later. 
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Seamless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Seamless
Late night munchies? Seamless makes ordering food from local eats... well, seamless.