After high school graduation, an incoming freshman might not give quite as much thought to school supply shopping as they do dorm shopping–but even as a college student, you’re going to want to swing through a supply store and pick up some essentials. Here is a checklist to make things easier for you.

Pencils are necessary

There are lots of benefits to writing down notes with pencils: being able to erase mistakes, the ability to sketch out a design. Just make sure you buy a sharpener or additional lead.

Pens are even better

For a smoother, quicker, bolder note-taking experience, go with pens. Science also says that using various colors to write down notes will improve your memory.


When studying, highlighters are a saving grace. For the most part, you can mark up your textbooks like crazy even if you plan on selling it back.

Stationery box

Rather than digging for pencils or pens at the bottom of your bag, keep all your school supplies in one neat place.

Sticky notes

These are a college must-have. They are perfect for creating flash-cards to memorize facts, dates, vocabulary, or people. If you really want to step it up and study on the go, punch a hole through the cards and feed a clip-ring through.

Paper folders

Not everything is electronic, even nowadays. Most teachers will hand out physical copies of the syllabus, class project assignments, or hand back your printed papers with their feedback written on them–keep all these loose-leaf materials in one folder dedicated to the class.

Remember to have notebook

While some students prefer taking notes on their laptops, science has proved that taking notes by hand is better for memorization and understanding the material.


Mistakes happen, and if you notice a small typo or error just before handing in a paper or research project, you’re going to want some whiteout handy for a quick fix. It’s available in liquid or tape form.

Comfy backpack

You might have a residual one from high school, but you’re going to want to make sure you have a comfy backpack.

A flashdrive

If you have to bring in a PowerPoint presentation or some pictures to show the class, a flash-drive is one way to do it. Or if you need to transfer a lot of files to a different computer.

Binder clips

Sometimes a paperclip just isn’t enough. For bigger clipping-jobs, go with a binder-clip–they come in multiple sizes, too, so there’s always one up for the task of keeping a lot of papers together.


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