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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for bag for college.

The best backpacks for college students have to do a lot of things: fit a laptop, carry heavy textbooks, look good, and last all year. We've taken a look at dozens of backpacks to determine which ones are the best for college students, and we've listed them here.

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  1. Solo New York - Re:Fresh Backpack For 15.6" Laptop - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "I got this backpack so that i could carry the notepads and folders i needed for work, as well as my personal laptop (my job allows me to complete college assignments at work). Its been perfect for what i need!...I bought this backpack to use on my final year in college, and so far, i haven't had any issues with it. "

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    Eco Backpacks that clean up nicely. Laundry ready up to 12 washes, this backpack is designed for life's messy moments. Both washable and made from recycled plastic bottles, you're ready for those everyday adventures while knowing you're making a positive impact on the planet.
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    "I got this backpack so that i could carry the notepads and folders i needed for work, as well as my personal laptop (my job allows me to complete college assignments at work). Its been perfect for what i need!...I bought this backpack to use on my final year in college, and so far, i haven't had any issues with it. "

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    Product Description

    Eco Backpacks that clean up nicely. Laundry ready up to 12 washes, this backpack is designed for life's messy moments. Both washable and made from recycled plastic bottles, you're ready for those everyday adventures while knowing you're making a positive impact on the planet.
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  2. Targus - 17" Classic Backpack - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: TBB944GL
    SKU: 6559597
    Top comment

    "This would be great for college students too....nice bag...Bought this for work and it is a great bag for the computer"

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    Stylishly carry your workday essentials with the Targus 17” Classic Backpack. Equipped with multiple pockets and ample storage, the main padded compartment safeguards your laptop from the inside, while lockable zippers help keep your gear safe from the outside. The thin, lightweight bag features form and function with a standable design for easy loading, spacious 21.5L capacity, built-in workstation, and two easy-access water bottle pockets. It even has a special soft-lined pocket for valuables, glasses, or favorite sunnies.
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    "This would be great for college students too....nice bag...Bought this for work and it is a great bag for the computer"

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    Stylishly carry your workday essentials with the Targus 17” Classic Backpack. Equipped with multiple pockets and ample storage, the main padded compartment safeguards your laptop from the inside, while lockable zippers help keep your gear safe from the outside. The thin, lightweight bag features form and function with a standable design for easy loading, spacious 21.5L capacity, built-in workstation, and two easy-access water bottle pockets. It even has a special soft-lined pocket for valuables, glasses, or favorite sunnies.
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  3. Targus - 16" Groove Backpack - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: CVR600
    SKU: 7848779
    Top comment

    "It is perfect for me to use for college with many textbooks, and to carry along my laptop whenever needed. ...Lots of space and ideal for college students and software professionals."

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    The Targus Groove laptop Backpack is the affordable backpack for your laptop and all your gear. The padded sleeve protects laptops with screens up to 16". The front section provides generous storage for CDs, pens, a key clip, mobile phone pocket and a port hole for headphones. In addition, there is an extra pocket for files or accessories and even a side pocket for your water bottle. All these features are designed into a durable nylon case with a PVC bottom for protection against water and wear making this the backpack to own.
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    Top comment

    "It is perfect for me to use for college with many textbooks, and to carry along my laptop whenever needed. ...Lots of space and ideal for college students and software professionals."

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    The Targus Groove laptop Backpack is the affordable backpack for your laptop and all your gear. The padded sleeve protects laptops with screens up to 16". The front section provides generous storage for CDs, pens, a key clip, mobile phone pocket and a port hole for headphones. In addition, there is an extra pocket for files or accessories and even a side pocket for your water bottle. All these features are designed into a durable nylon case with a PVC bottom for protection against water and wear making this the backpack to own.
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  4. PKG - Riverdale 11L Vertical Messenger Bag for 16" Laptop - Dark Grey/Tan - Front_Zoom
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    "Great for a college student who catches bus or walks to school....Stylish Vertical Messenger Bag...I purchased this bag for my son who is a senior in college. My son fancied my Brenthaven Collins vertical messenger bag but I would not part with it. "

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    The PKG Riverdale vertical messenger bag is the ultimate work companion with an accordion filing system. This sleek and stylish bag is designed to keep you organized and prepared for any professional endeavor. With its innovative front pocket accordion filing system, you can effortlessly categorize and access your work items, ensuring quick retrieval and hassle-free organization. The bag is made with durable, recycled, weather-resistant materials and also features a dedicated laptop compartment, providing optimal protection and easy access for up to 16” laptops. Whether you're commuting for the day, traveling overnight, or attending meetings, the PKG Riverdale versatile messenger bag combines functionality and style, making it the perfect companion for the modern professional on the go.
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    "Great for a college student who catches bus or walks to school....Stylish Vertical Messenger Bag...I purchased this bag for my son who is a senior in college. My son fancied my Brenthaven Collins vertical messenger bag but I would not part with it. "

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    The PKG Riverdale vertical messenger bag is the ultimate work companion with an accordion filing system. This sleek and stylish bag is designed to keep you organized and prepared for any professional endeavor. With its innovative front pocket accordion filing system, you can effortlessly categorize and access your work items, ensuring quick retrieval and hassle-free organization. The bag is made with durable, recycled, weather-resistant materials and also features a dedicated laptop compartment, providing optimal protection and easy access for up to 16” laptops. Whether you're commuting for the day, traveling overnight, or attending meetings, the PKG Riverdale versatile messenger bag combines functionality and style, making it the perfect companion for the modern professional on the go.
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  5. Targus - 15-16” Drifter Essentials Backpack - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Awesome bag and holds alot...Great backpack and holds enough I can go to Europe with no checked bags. Awesome...i use this for college and my notebooks in the large compartment got bent somehow, the bag’s partitioning walls dont actually reach the top and bottom and things might slip under into 2nd compartment. comfortability and ergonomics are decent, lots snd lots of pockets. can carry a 16” laptop, overall decent backpack just didnt like that its not fully enclosed inside."

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    Built to last and made for travel, the 15-16” Drifter Essentials Backpack features ample storage and protective padding to securely carry your everyday essentials and keep up with the rigors of the road. Constructed of durable materials and a water-resistant base, this backpack keeps your gear protected and dry from the elements and everyday wear and tear. It even has a rugged carry handle and durable zipper pulls – perfect for heavy duty use.
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    "Awesome bag and holds alot...Great backpack and holds enough I can go to Europe with no checked bags. Awesome...i use this for college and my notebooks in the large compartment got bent somehow, the bag’s partitioning walls dont actually reach the top and bottom and things might slip under into 2nd compartment. comfortability and ergonomics are decent, lots snd lots of pockets. can carry a 16” laptop, overall decent backpack just didnt like that its not fully enclosed inside."

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    Product Description

    Built to last and made for travel, the 15-16” Drifter Essentials Backpack features ample storage and protective padding to securely carry your everyday essentials and keep up with the rigors of the road. Constructed of durable materials and a water-resistant base, this backpack keeps your gear protected and dry from the elements and everyday wear and tear. It even has a rugged carry handle and durable zipper pulls – perfect for heavy duty use.
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  6. Thule - Contract 15.6" Backpack - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: 3204886
    SKU: 6504336
    Top comment

    "College ready...I love this backpack so much, it feels so high quality and has plenty of storage for my calculators and ipad for college....This is the best bag in the book bag community for book bags"

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    Product Description

    A functional backpack with just the right amount of storage, organization, and casual style to transition from the work week to the weekend. Keep your belongings safe with SafeEdge protection for your electronics, SafeZone pocket for your phone or glasses, and zippered pockets to keep your items secure.
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    "College ready...I love this backpack so much, it feels so high quality and has plenty of storage for my calculators and ipad for college....This is the best bag in the book bag community for book bags"

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    A functional backpack with just the right amount of storage, organization, and casual style to transition from the work week to the weekend. Keep your belongings safe with SafeEdge protection for your electronics, SafeZone pocket for your phone or glasses, and zippered pockets to keep your items secure.
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  7. Samsonite - Mobile Solution Deluxe Backpack - Silver Shadow - Front_Zoom

    Product Description

    A comprehensive offering of Travel and Lifestyle essentials, our Mobile Solution Collection features superior functionality in timeless, lightweight styles.
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    Product Description

    A comprehensive offering of Travel and Lifestyle essentials, our Mobile Solution Collection features superior functionality in timeless, lightweight styles.
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  8. Solo New York - Re:Define Recycled Backpack - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Versatile bag...Can also add an mp3 player inside and has an external headphone port. Would recommend for college student on the go....Best Backpack for College"

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    Solo Define Recycled Backpack Collection. GREAT STYLE WHILE SAVING THE PLANET. We are tackling environmental issues from all angles, in-style. Designed in urban-cool gray, our Recycled Collection brings a sustainable angle to sleek design, making green choices accessible to the masses. Each item in this collection is built with city-functionality in mind and offers an uncompromising style. The Define Recycled Backpack has a fully padded 15.6” compartment with lockable zippers. The RFID data protection pocket helps secure personal data encoded on your credit cards, IDs and passports.
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    "Versatile bag...Can also add an mp3 player inside and has an external headphone port. Would recommend for college student on the go....Best Backpack for College"

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    Product Description

    Solo Define Recycled Backpack Collection. GREAT STYLE WHILE SAVING THE PLANET. We are tackling environmental issues from all angles, in-style. Designed in urban-cool gray, our Recycled Collection brings a sustainable angle to sleek design, making green choices accessible to the masses. Each item in this collection is built with city-functionality in mind and offers an uncompromising style. The Define Recycled Backpack has a fully padded 15.6” compartment with lockable zippers. The RFID data protection pocket helps secure personal data encoded on your credit cards, IDs and passports.
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  9. Swissdigital Design - Katy Rose Backpack - Black and Rose Gold - Front_Zoom
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    "Prefect for college students....This was a gift to our daughter, a college student. It's perfect for taking her laptop with her around campus. ...Great laptop bag....Great laptop bag for college student. Lots of padding to keep laptop safe. "

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    The Swissdigital Design backpack products is created for the new "lifestyle, and technology of today's changing world”. Take your laptop, tablet, cellphones, books, water bottle, hand sanitizer, mask, and other essentials in your backpack for local trips to ​school, office, coffee shops, meeting places, parks, beaches, lakes, mountain trails etc. The built-in USB Patented power port allows you to be “ON THE GO”. With a power connection that will power up vital accessories (Power Battery Bank sold separately). The backpack body materials are made from water resistance coating to keep valuable items inside dry. RFID Protection pocket keeps credit cards, passport, and personal data safe from an electronic pickpocket. Swissdigital Design has your back…literally! The Katy Rose Backpack provides a sleek black backpack with pink accents. Katy is the perfect bag for students and working professionals. This bag is equipped with high Air-flow design and plenty of storage.
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    "Prefect for college students....This was a gift to our daughter, a college student. It's perfect for taking her laptop with her around campus. ...Great laptop bag....Great laptop bag for college student. Lots of padding to keep laptop safe. "

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    Product Description

    The Swissdigital Design backpack products is created for the new "lifestyle, and technology of today's changing world”. Take your laptop, tablet, cellphones, books, water bottle, hand sanitizer, mask, and other essentials in your backpack for local trips to ​school, office, coffee shops, meeting places, parks, beaches, lakes, mountain trails etc. The built-in USB Patented power port allows you to be “ON THE GO”. With a power connection that will power up vital accessories (Power Battery Bank sold separately). The backpack body materials are made from water resistance coating to keep valuable items inside dry. RFID Protection pocket keeps credit cards, passport, and personal data safe from an electronic pickpocket. Swissdigital Design has your back…literally! The Katy Rose Backpack provides a sleek black backpack with pink accents. Katy is the perfect bag for students and working professionals. This bag is equipped with high Air-flow design and plenty of storage.
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  10. Lowepro - Flipside BP 300 AW III Backpack - Charcoal - Angle_Zoom
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    "Great camera bags...Bag is good at the this price good storage and build...Good Bag...I have several LowePro bags - Sadly missing a great spot for memory cards."

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    The Lowepro Flipside BP 300 AW III provide rugged, functional protection for outdoor adventure. A complete design overhaul focused on durability brings fabric, feature and protection upgrades ideal for outdoor shooting. From day hikes to adventure travel, Flipside III is the perfect solution for creators who want to chase light off the beaten path. The new Flipside III packs mark the next generation of the popular Flipside series and complete the collection’s transition to outdoor capabilities. A suite of new features makes these packs perfect for adventures in the nature! Outdoor enthusiast and advanced photographers alike will appreciate the updated backside-access, fabric upgrades, and more. Great for outdoor shooting, molded front EVA bumpers provide added protection when pack is placed face down on the ground for full backside access offering fast, easy entry to the camera compartment while keeping gear safe and secure. A new grab handle allows you to move the bag more easily in this mode. Additionally, a new side-access provides a second entry point for quick lens changes, and a new stowable waist belt and an adjustable chest strap enhance stability and comfort. These packs are truly designed with the outdoors in mind. Robust fabrics and front PU coating offer extreme durability and protection from the elements, moisture and abrasion. Enhanced 10mm YKK ® zippers give a smoother path. All Weather AW Cover™ protects gear from rain, snow, dust and sand. Inside, a new divider layout offers improved opportunity for versatile storage for mirrorless, mixed kit set-ups and non-photo items along with travel tripod, 10” tablet and 13”-15” laptop.
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    "Great camera bags...Bag is good at the this price good storage and build...Good Bag...I have several LowePro bags - Sadly missing a great spot for memory cards."

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    Product Description

    The Lowepro Flipside BP 300 AW III provide rugged, functional protection for outdoor adventure. A complete design overhaul focused on durability brings fabric, feature and protection upgrades ideal for outdoor shooting. From day hikes to adventure travel, Flipside III is the perfect solution for creators who want to chase light off the beaten path. The new Flipside III packs mark the next generation of the popular Flipside series and complete the collection’s transition to outdoor capabilities. A suite of new features makes these packs perfect for adventures in the nature! Outdoor enthusiast and advanced photographers alike will appreciate the updated backside-access, fabric upgrades, and more. Great for outdoor shooting, molded front EVA bumpers provide added protection when pack is placed face down on the ground for full backside access offering fast, easy entry to the camera compartment while keeping gear safe and secure. A new grab handle allows you to move the bag more easily in this mode. Additionally, a new side-access provides a second entry point for quick lens changes, and a new stowable waist belt and an adjustable chest strap enhance stability and comfort. These packs are truly designed with the outdoors in mind. Robust fabrics and front PU coating offer extreme durability and protection from the elements, moisture and abrasion. Enhanced 10mm YKK ® zippers give a smoother path. All Weather AW Cover™ protects gear from rain, snow, dust and sand. Inside, a new divider layout offers improved opportunity for versatile storage for mirrorless, mixed kit set-ups and non-photo items along with travel tripod, 10” tablet and 13”-15” laptop.
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