This post will show you the best planners for college to keep your life organized from 2021-2022.
Even though I rely on my cell phone and laptop for almost everything in life, there’s something technology just cannot replace, and that is my trusty planner.
Every year, I look forward to choosing a new version. I use it to schedule my time, keep track of deadlines, events, and appointments, and in general, organize my life. Not only does writing things down helps me remember my obligations, but there’s something about putting a pen to paper that just makes me feel more productive compared to using an app.
Plus, there are so many cute planner designs to pick from which makes the planning process more personalized and fun. In the words of Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope, I love “jammin’ on my planner!” (IYKYK).
The start of a new semester is the perfect time to pick out a new planner, so I’ve rounded up the most stylish, functional, and best planners for college. Read on for my top picks!
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Day Designer Striped Planner
One of my favorite planner brands is Day Designer. These planners always have a chic appearance and feature guided frameworks which encourage you to set goals and stick to them.
This black and white striped planner with gold accents and spiral binding has a classic and elegant look.
It allows you to truly design your days with an hourly planning layout for each day, which helps you to get super specific with how you schedule your time. This layout is also great for time blocking and balancing your class schedule.
My favorite features of the planner are the goal setting worksheets, inspirational quotes, and the “gratitude” section, which prompts you to write down things you’re grateful for as a mindfulness exercise.
These features help you to find joy during the planning process, and focus on the bigger picture rather than get caught up in the minutia of the day-to-day grind!
Ban.do Large Academic Planner
Ban.do makes some of the cutest and best planners for college. They feature cool graphics, notes of encouragement, and adorable stickers. They also balance out time in yearly, monthly, and weekly planning views.
This planner makes organizing your life fun! Inside, you’ll even find a coloring page, a “Choose Your Own Calm” quiz, a double-sided pocket page, and a postcard. How delightful!
Kate Spade “Fashionably Late” Planner
For the fashionista looking to get organized, this Kate Spade “Fashionably Late” planner is a perfect choice.
It features adorable cover art and pink spiral binding. This planner also comes with a gold foil sticker sheet, laminated tabs, and notes pages, along with areas to write out birthdays, anniversaries, important dates, and more.
“Checkmate” Academic Planner
One of my go-to destinations to find unique, well-designed, and customizable planners is Papier.
They collaborate with artists, brands, and fashion labels on stationary and planners that are unlike any you’ll find in a regular store, and the best part is: everything is customizable!
With so many cool planner designs, you may have a hard time choosing one. This “Checkmate” planner feels very trendy (imagine how cute it’ll look in a dorm room or desk setup photo) and includes deadline, finance, and grade trackers, plus a space for meal planning and timetables too!
You can personalize this planner by adding your name to the front, along with choosing the font, color, etc.
P.S. – Papier offers a 10% student discount through Student Beans.
“Moondust” Daily Spiral Planner
For a zen vibe, try this “Moondust” daily planner from Anthropologie. It’s one of the best college planners we found and it has a more relaxing take on time management than most.
It features a faux leather cover with metallic gold stamping of the moon and stars.
This is an undated planner with daily prompts and scheduling pages for you to fill in, including a to-do list, daily goals, and notes sections.
Trina Turk Floral Planner
You may know designer Trina Turk for her fashion line, but she also has a collection of richly patterned planners that make a stylish statement.
This floral print planner has an elegant design and a spacious calendar layout, along with two sheets of stickers, a bookmark/ruler, and tabbed months. What more could you want?
Poppin Blush Medium Planner
For a more clean, minimalistic look, try Poppin’s blush-colored planner… one of the best planners for college on the market.
It features a simple, yet functional design with a translucent front-cover pocket that is great for stashing any notes, papers, or cards you want to keep handy.
You can also decorate this planner with some of the extremely cute stickers that are included with it (in case you couldn’t tell, I am a big sticker enthusiast – it makes planning all the more fun!).
Tie Dye Academic Planner
Few planners have as dedicated a following as Erin Condren’s. Her “LifePlanner” is an essential for people who take planning seriously!
This thorough planner comes in a bunch of cute, customizable designs, like this fun tie-dye metallic print, which lets you choose your coil color and add your name or a quote.
Inside, you’ll find areas to write down your class schedule, projects and exams, monthly productivity pages, and stickers, making this planner ideal for the school year ahead.
Undated Power Planner
How cute is this “it’s been a long week” planner? It is undated and allows for plenty of creativity with a daily doodle section. This one is the best option for those who prefer ultra-customizable planners.
There are 384 pages for you to fill up with your plans and you can start it whenever you’d like.
“Happy Waves” Academic Year Planner
Not only can you customize this Papier planner with your name, but you can upload whatever photo you’d like on the cover to make this planner truly your own.
Like the other Papier planners, this academic planner is ideal for organizing your college days, with structured weekly timetables, semester schedules, and more.
This planner from Aerie will give you a constant positive reminder with its cover quote: “keep your heart open to the possibility of what is beautiful and true beyond what is seen.”
It features monthly goals, to-do lists, birthdays, and more, in addition to its weekly planning layout.
What do you think is the best planner for college?
Do you use a planner to stay organized? Which planner is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!