17 Cute College Backpacks That Get High Marks From Us

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Believe it or not, we’re almost in the throes of that magical season that we shopping enthusiasts refer to as “back to school.” Sure, we’re still a little ways off from the changing of the leaves, the dropping of the mercury, and the unearthing of the knitwear, but here in the land of fashion we’re always on the lookout for that upcoming shift that will dictate a new mode of dressing. And returning to school — or work — brings the need for a let’s-get-down-to-business bag to carry it all. To help, we’ve curated some of the best backpacks for school, and more specifically, college backpacks that store all of your essentials and supplies for whether you’re living on campus or commuting between classes.

If you’re someone who is returning to —or beginning their journey in — a scholarly milieu of any kind, your satchel needs are unique. What you need is the best college backpack, and it can’t be just any backpack. It has to have room for digital and analog learning devices (in other words, a laptop, textbooks, and notebooks) and maybe even snacks, water, and gym clothes. It should also be stylish and polished, as you may find yourself toting it to a networking event, internship, or (fingers crossed) a job interview. Click through to see cute backpacks for college (that can also double as work bags or travel backpacks) that deliver equally on style and functionality, and will hopefully keep you in a state of togetherness while you balance your grade point average with a healthy amount of… um, socializing.

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