Schools 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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SparkNotes is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Nissin Top Ramen is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Student Rate is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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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Solo Cup Company is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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. 

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Lyft is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Planning on hitting an off campus party? Use Lyft to stay safe while keeping it cheap!

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Keurig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Coffee is the college student's best friend. Get a simple coffee maker from Keurig and never sleep again.

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Room Essentials is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Room Essentials This Target brand is tailor-made for dorm living. They're affordable AND adorable. 

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UNiDAYS is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
UNiDAYS Flash your student ID at UNiDAYS and enjoy discounts on everything from Urban Outfitters to Apple. 

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Pepsi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Sai Sree Yerramsetti added Food Manufacturing, Beverages

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Roku, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Roku, Inc. Roku allows you to stream TV shows through wifi. It's perfect for binge-watching Netflix during finals week. 

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Rescue Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Rescue Time Procrastination is a bitch, especially during finals week. Download Rescue Time to curb or block your Reddit addiction. 

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4chan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Dmxx121 added 4chan

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Sendt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Sendt Investing in a laptop lock will save you thousands of dollars and heartache if your laptop gets stolen.

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Huggable Hangers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Huggable Hangers Preserve your limited closet space with Huggable Hangers's slim, compact, and non-slip design.  

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dormco.com is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
dormco.com Dormco.com is your one stop shop for all your dorm room essentials. From bedding to posters, this site has all you'd ever need. 

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Pijon Box is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Pijon Box Feeling homesick? Suggest Pijon Box to your parents. It's a care package service that will keep you feeling pampered. 

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Sworkit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Sworkit Beware: the Freshman 15 is real. Keep fit and stay healthy with workout apps like Sworkit.

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Stress Tracker App is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Stress Tracker App College is a stressful time for everyone. Keep your stress in check with the Stress Tracker App. 

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UGG is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Brands That All College Freshmen Should Know About
Keep those toes warm and dry during winter term.