Free College Life Planner to Organize Your Freshman Year! {instant download}

College prep just got easier thanks to this College Life Planner. It’s a free printable that you can instantly download to organize all your vital student records in one place!

This College Life Planner is so easy to use and prepare!  Simply add your medical records, insurance information, checklists and college major planning into a three ring binder so you can quickly find it when you need it.  It’s also a great way to help teach your college freshman organizational skills.

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As my I’m doing college prep with my own son, I decided to model this college life planner after my Life Story Planner that I absolutely love and have been so grateful that I created for each of my boys.  Although, I still need to create one for myself and my man.  {snicker}

This quick organization hack has made life so much easier when trying to track down that random information you only need in the fall for the start of every school year.

What is a Life Story Planner?

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, a Life Story Planner is a place for you to organize the details of your life.  Simply, it’s a place for you to gather all of your important papers, documents, memorabilia, awards, certificates and/or journaling that are important to you.

It’s designed to make one for each member of your family and it includes:

  • Binder Cover
  • 18 Category Pages with documents to include.
  • Category Labels using Avery Labels #16460 {1″ x 2 5/8″}

So if you haven’t created a Life Story Planner yet for your kids then this college prep version makes it super easy to start for your college freshman.  It’s never too late to start so feel free to make one for your college senior if you have one.  {high fives}  They’ll thank you for doing all the leg work for them.

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Ready to dive in and create a place to organize all your college prep, notes, checklists, and records you need for freshman year?  Great!  Let’s jump into what the College Life Planner is and how to use it.

What is a College Life Planner?

This College Life Planner is a place for you to organize the details each student will need for life away from mom and dad.  Minimum preparation is needed.  Simply, it’s a place for you to gather all of your important papers, documents, memorabilia, awards, certificates and/or journaling that are important to you.

What you need to make it:

  • 3 ring binder
  • printer paper
  • hole punch
  • 8 sheet protectors {optional}
  • 8 page dividers {optional}

This college life planner comes with a cover sheet to slip into the front of your three ring binder as well as a spine label that you can cut and slip into the spine of the three ring binder.

How to assemble your college life planner:

College organization made easy and little organizational skills required. {wink}   To assemble, simply print out the instant download {pdf file} on this post, hole punch using a three hole punch, and pop into a three ring binder.  Then simply follow the prompts of each page and add the items listed.

Just like your college prep, you can keep this as simple or inclusive as you want!

Step 1:  Gather your materials.

Step 2:  Print out the free printable {instant download} located under the graphics by the cute little flower.  I added the links several times so you can’t miss it.

Step 3: Pop the cover sheet into the front of the binder, cut out the spine label and slip that into the spine of the binder.

Step 4:  Add the 8 category pages for each section and pop them into a sheet protector with a tab divider.

Step 5:  Gather the information that’s suggested on each section and add it behind the page.

As you continue to prep for college, collect freshman advice, and do your research ~  feel free to write in your own ideas and items that you want included!  I left you plenty of room in the section pages.

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College Girl and Boy Version

I created two versions of this College Life Planner: one for boys and one for girls.  It really doesn’t matter what gender you use as I just thought it was super fun creating different versions.  Hope you like it!

Both gender versions of the College Life Planner are exactly the same with the only change as the digital person.

Organizing Your Planner Pages

Really the only preparation you need to do is finding those documents and adding them into the planner.  Having one place for everything is a great way to model efficient organizational skills for your college student without overwhelm.

Here’s a sample of what is in each section of the college life planner.


  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Car Title
  • Car Registration
  • Car Insurance

Optional Records:

  • Voters Registration Card
  • Logins

If your college freshman needs their original documents then I would keep in a safe.  However, this binder is a great place to keep copies of all these vital records that they’ll need every so often.

How will you store logins?

Now is a great time to make a plan with y our college freshman on how he/she will store all of their logins.  I do not recommend keeping them in this binder.  However as you’re compiling it, this is a great time to address the issue, download an app, and figure out a system that works for everyone.


  • Medical Insurance
  • Doctors
  • Prescriptions
  • Power of Attorney
  • Surgeries
  • Illnesses

Optional Records:

This is a great opportunity to discuss your college freshman health history as well as family history.  Be sure to document major medical issues, surgeries, and illnesses that might be genetic.

The medical tab is also a great place to store medical insurance, list doctors, add prescription history and don’t forget to add any side effects.


  • Acceptance Letter
  • Class Schedules
  • Roommates
  • Major Requirements
  • Report Cards
  • Service and Activities
  • Checklists

This section is where your college freshman can add as they study, learn, and decide on majors and receive accolades and awards.

I would add some extra page protectors to the back of this planner so they don’t have to hole punch anything that they would like to keep nice and in tact like a certificate or award.

Listing my boys high school academic plan in their Life Story Binder saved me countless of hours when planning their schedule each fall.  Having the details of what you decided the year before makes class registration so much easier.  The college tab is a great place for them to keep track of those details every semester.


  • Resume
  • Reference Letters
  • Check Stubs
  • Certificates & Awards

This is a great place to store resumes, reference letters, check stubs, and other job related items and information.

My boys have already had a couple jobs and I feel like a moron that I didn’t remind them to get a reference letter before they left their job. {d’oh!}  Those letters can add up quickly giving them a leg up on other potential applicants.

The occupation tab is also a great place to jot down the name and contact name of managers you can write down as references on future applications.


  • Family Photo’s
  • Encouraging Letters

Optional Records:

  • Church:  Baptism certificate, Patriarchal Blessing, etc.

I added this information as a place you can add a few family photos and encouraging letters to your college freshman.  It may not be cool to have lots of family pictures and momento’s around his dorm room ~ so this is a place he/she can keep them hidden yet accessible on those days when they feel home sick or less confident.

You can also add birth-dates and other information you’d like to keep regarding your family and extended relatives.


  • Organization
  • Study & Lecture
  • Roommates
  • Date Ideas
  • Things to Do
  • college packing list

As we continue to organize and prepare for freshman year, my son is getting a ton of freshman advice.  I have accumulated so many great articles!  Instead of keeping all that information to myself I added this section so that I can print them out and my freshman son can read them as he needs them.


  • Meal Plans
  • Recipes
  • Shopping Lists

Hopefully your school has a meal plan in college.  Ours does not.  {ugh!}  Which is why I added this food section.  To help facilitate his organizational skills to keep within his food budget and save him time, I will include his weekly meal plans with recipes and shopping lists.  I will also include his snack list for his grocery list that he can quickly grab on his way to the grocery store.

Tip:  You can also add this information to the “notes” in their phones so they have it on them when they are at the grocery store.


  • Budget
  • Forecast
  • Taxes
  • Wish list
  • Advice

A planner isn’t complete unless there’s a section about money, honey.  This is a great place to add their budget, college expense forecast, and keep a copy of their filed taxes so they don’t loose it.

I also think this is the prefect place to add their Christmas wish list and money advice that they might want to refer back to as needed.

That’s it!  I hope you enjoy putting together this college life planner as much as I have.  I can’t believe my son is going off to college. I’m going to miss him dearly.  Putting this together has been really healing for me as I push away my separation anxiety.  {cheezy grin}

Good luck with your college prep!  I know our college freshman is going to have a great year  Congrats.

What Did I Miss?

I’d love to know what college topics and ideas you are looking for and checklists you want to make.  Leave a comment below. I also take requests, so if you’re looking for something specific let me know in the comments.

My Life Story planner here…

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