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10 apps to make school a cinch

So your parents keep yelling at you for being on your phone instead of doing your school work. Prove to them that phones can be tools of academia through these 10 productivity apps. 1. Homework This app allows you to enter, categorize, organize, prioritize and keep a record of all of the homework you have for each  …


  1. Campus tour: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.


    The University of Notre Dame has been immortalized by the movie Rudy and by Saturday home football games on NBC. Some of the hype is true, but there is definitely more to the story. Here's the real scoop from a Notre Dame sophomore.

  2. NYU: The city is your campus


    New York University

    New York, NY

    Distance from home: 1,160 miles NE; but a quick plane ride

    Four-year private university

  3. Macalester College: Liberal shelter from a cold, cruel world


    Distance from home: 1600 miles NW

    School type: Private, 4-year

    Admission difficulty: High

    Size: Small. You can walk corner-to-corner without breaking a sweat

  4. Indiana University: You know we're called Hoosiers, right?


    Indiana University, Bloomington

    Public four-year university

    Admission difficulty: Average

    Size: Huge. There are 40,000 undergraduate students.

  5. Harvard University


    Name of institution: Harvard University ("Hahvahd" to the local folk)

  6. Georgetown University: Do you dream of being president someday?


    Washington, D.C.

    Private 4-year Jesuit university

    Compare to: the Ivy Leagues

    Admission difficulty: High

    School size: Small

    Tuition: About $38,616 and increasing rapidly by the minute. By the time you read this, the tuition could reach $50,000.

  7. Florida State University



    Public four-year university

    Admission difficulty: Harder than University of Central Florida, but easier than University of Florida.

    Size: Nole-normous (40,000)

  8. Emmanuel College, Kimberly Sears


    Emmanuel College, Boston

    Private Catholic Institution

    Distance from home: 1,183 miles NE

  9. Duke: So good you'll be willing to sleep in a tent


    Durham, N.C.

    Private 4-year university

    School size: Small

    Distance from home: 700 miles NE

    Admission difficulty: Wannabe Harvard Hard

  10. Doane College: We like to cancel class every now and then


    Crete, Nebraska

    Private 4-year Liberal Arts College

    Admission difficulty: Medium

    School size: Small

    Tuition: About $27,000 per year

    Typical student: "Hi my name is ____ and I come from [insert small, Nebraska farming community here] where I was involved in every …