The Best College Planners For Next Semester

If you’re anything like me, you choose your planner with the same seriousness and specificity as your tampons (or…jock straps? Not sure if there’s an equivalent male metaphor). Size, durability, internal organization and available white space are all nonnegotiables. A planner is a year-long commitment, and therefore not a decision to be taken lightly. Is there a full page for every day? Is it pre-dated, or will you have to fill in the dates yourself while you’re waiting for your first class to start and end up realizing halfway through that you were using last years calendar as a reference so your days of the week are all wrong? Are there multiple pages of maps and conversion charts in the back which you will forget about but tell yourself are necessary in the store? Where are the blank pages that you will take notes in that one time you forget to bring your notebook to class in the middle of the semester? These are just a few of the many questions you must take into account before you purchase your new planner.
Here are some of the best planners on the internet for the 2018-2019 school year. Strap in and mentally prepare yourself for a lot of floral patterns against pastel backgrounds.

Rifle Paper Co. 2019 Wildwood 17-Month Weekly Planner 

Rifle Paper Co. always comes through with the cute paper products. This hardcover planner comes with weekly and monthly views, pages for notes and contacts and three sticker pages.
Spartina 449 2018-2019 Agenda In Northeastern Harbors
This 17-month planner comes with all the bells and whistles: party and travel planning pages, a ruler, laminated tabs, a folder, stickers…the list goes on. Plus, nothing is more American collegiate than the northeast.

TF Publishing July 2018-June 2019 Weekly/Monthly Planner

This simple, marbled planner leaves plenty of room to plan out your week and also includes lined pages for notes.

Paper Source 2018-2020 Marbled Ice and Dark Floral Copper Planners

Want to avoid planner shopping again for as long as possible? These planners, which come in marbled ice (which looks suspiciously like Icebreakers candy) and dark floral copper, date from August 2018 to January 2020.

Present & Correct Grid Planner

English brand Present & Correct has an undated agenda for those who appreciate minimalist design.

Kate Spade Planners

There’s perhaps no better year to choose one of Kate Spade’s chic and functional planners. The things we love large planner, the floral medium planner and the spotty dot large planner are just a few of the options.

Anthropologie Planners

Unsurprisingly, Anthro sells fancy planners.
The Ashley Mary 2018-2019 Planner has everything from a birthday tracker to a budget planner.

And the BARBARIAN by Barbra Ignatiev Wild At Heart 2018-2019 Planner offers similar features.
But if you’re looking for something more compact, the Mila 2018-2019 Planner + Pen Set might be more your speed.

Mark’s Tokyo Edge Diary – Cheetah

Storage planners are where it’s at, and this one from Fox + Star is perfect for next semester.

Urban Outfitters X Ohh Deer Checker Daily Planner

Urban Outfitters linked up with Ohh Deer to make the most on-trend daily planner on this list. 13-Month Planners has enlisted artists from around the world to help create a collection of August 2018-August 2019 planners which come in classic, medium, large, and travel styles. They’re equipped with every standard feature you’re looking for plus extras like coloring pages, virtual reality pages (don’t know what that means, but I want to) and posters.
Paper Source also exclusively sells the Moonstone Orange Planner from, which is designed in the same vein.

Poketo Agenda Planner

These open-dated planners exude class and durability. My current planner is by Poketo, and it’s treated me very well.

Evermore Paper Co. Daydreamer Planner

If you’re a list-maker, this clean planner was literally designed for you.

Lilly Pulitzer Agendas & Planners

For the monogram-clad cooler painters out there, this should go without saying. Lilly Pulitzer is definitely for a certain type of person. And that type of person already bought one of these planners and doesn’t need this article.

Paper Source Chinoiserie 2018-2019 Planner

This elegant and easy to navigate agenda is worthy of your consideration.

Chicago Avenue 2019 Navy Leatherette Planner

For those who avoid loud prints but not the features that often come with them, this planner may be the perfect fit. It’s also available in rose gold.

Cath Kidston Puffins Soft Cover Notebook

You don’t have to be an anglophile to love this puffin covered planner from the iconic London brand, Cath Kidston.

Urban Outfitters Patterned Daily Planner Journal

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ASOS X Ohh Deer Copper Marbling Agenda

Congratulations to Ohh Deer for having two agenda collaborations with major fashion retailers on this list. Way to dominate your obscure niche. This marbled agenda should be at the top of your ever-expanding ASOS cart.

Day Designer 2018-2019 Academic Year Flagship Daily Planners

The mission of Day Designer is to make planners that bring order to our day-to-day lives. Mission accomplished. Just look at their academic planners!

Wild And Wold Weekend Blink Weekly Planner

Say that ten times fast. This planner has a “daily doodle” and a removable “today” page finder that doubles as a ruler.

Paper Source 2018-2019 Custom Planners

Update your Lands End days for your current lifestyle by having your name printed on one of 188 versions of these 12 or 17-month planners.

Disney Customizable Planners

And if you want to keep chuggin’ along the nostalgia train, Papier teamed up with Disney to make some very whimsical stationery, including four planners.

But if you don’t feel secure enough in your adulthood yet to go the Disney route, Papier has more customizable planners available for your perusal.

MARK+FOLD 2019 Diary

If you’re reading this before August 2018, pre-order this limited edition diary, which dates from December 31, 2018, to January 8, 2020.

MochiThings Planners

One could argue that has the widest and best selection of planners on the internet (Paper Source, watch your back). In fact, they have so many cute, viable options that, if comprehensively listed, their products could take up a sizable chunk of this list. To avoid that, here are just a few of their best planners.

The Monster Study Planner may only have room for six months, but the study and test planning resources it offers are unparalleled. And don’t be put off by the characters, there’s an English translation available for download.

Like Rifle Paper Co., MochiThings has a knack for patterns. Case in point: the L’air de Paris Scheduler.

The Vintage Monthly Planner doesn’t seem to have enough space to keep track of a college workload, but if that isn’t your priority, the cover design is reason enough to make this purchase.

Not only is this retro daily planner cute, it’s made from recycled materials.

You can find plenty of inspiration for the bucket list page in the Mon Histoire Planner from the fun illustrations scattered the book.

I must admit that I am partial to this Oz-themed daily planner because I used it myself for a year and still keep the notes pages handy to keep track of crucial information.

Buy this vinyl planner cover if it fits the dimensions of whichever planner you pick to protect it from getting damp and weird in the rain and to store cards and other odds and ends in the pockets.

2018-2019 School Year Birds Planner

Paper Source hits another home run with this bird-covered planner.

Busy B Mid Year Busy Life Diary

This diary was specifically made for managing two schedules at once, so it’s about time you get started on that shady double life.


Don’t mess with a classic! Moleskin knows how to make planners that fit all of our needs. There are seemingly endless varieties, but the 18-Month Daily and 18-Month Weekly are foolproof choices for any college student.


If you’re graduating into the real world, you might also consider investing in a Filofax organizer which you can buy new refills for each year. There’s a reason why Pinterest has so many ideas for these personal organizers.
(For those of us who are still ballin’ on a budget or looking for something more like a wallet, Staples offers a faux-leather traveler’s planner. And MochiThings’ MYO String Tie A5 Planner Organizer offers some middle ground.)

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