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23 best backpacks for college of 2021 for every student

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The college student in your life is finally going back to campus! They're bound to need a place to keep all their notebooks and textbooks organized.

A new backpack is the perfect way to get them excited about the new school year and keep all of their supplies in one place. Ahead, find a list of college backpacks for girls and boys with options that are trendy, sporty and strategically designed for organization.

Best college backpacks for girls

Cluci Women's Backpack

For the fashionista college gal, consider this Cluci backpack that will elevate any outfit she wears. It comes in over 35 different colors, has over 10,500 verified Amazon reviews and costs less than $45. What's not to love?

Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack

The Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack has become quite the popular bag over the years — and for good reason. It's made of 100% premium neoprene that’s water-resistant and hand-washable. It has enough room for most 13-inch laptops, a change of clothes, a packed lunch and more. It even has a dedicated spot for items like lip balm, keys and a phone.

Vsnoon College Backpack

This one is for the girl who can't seem to keep her phone charged. Not only is this versatile backpack cute and colorful, but it includes a USB port to charge her phone while she's out and about. It can fit a 15-inch laptop and still has plenty of room for books, clothes and other daily school essentials.

Vera Bradley Signature Cotton Campus Backpack

The Vera Bradley Signature Cotton Campus Backpack is comfortable, lightweight and has tons of compartments to keep all of her things organized. The exterior features two zip pockets, two side slip pockets and even a grommet for headphones. Inside you'll find two mesh slip pockets and a cushy laptop section.

The North Face Women's Borealis Backpack

You can't go wrong with a sleek design like The North Face Borealis Backpack. It's available in over a dozen different colors, including neutral shades like gray, black, maroon and white.

Open Story Commuter Backpack

Your daily commute to and from campus just got a lot more stylish thanks to this commuter backpack from Target. It has all kinds of appealing features from a durable, water-repellent nylon exterior to roomy compartments to fit your favorite water bottle and laptops up to 15 inches. Best of all, this versatile pick can double as a chic tote!

Fjällräven Kånken Backpack

Whether you're trekking to class or traveling home for the weekend, this is as classic of an everyday bag as you can get. Available in over 55 colors, this Fjällräven backpack is equally sturdy (it's made of heavy-duty Vinylon fabric) and versatile (it can be easily converted into a daypack).

Nike Utility Power Backpack

For the sporty college girl, consider Nike's Utility Power Backpack. It comes in either black or sequoia and includes cushioned straps and two main zipper compartments to stay organized all day long.

JanSport Superbreak Backpack

When in doubt, go with a classic JanSport backpack. They're durable, budget-friendly and sure to last them all year while they lug heavy textbooks to and from the library.

Adidas Squad Backpack

Just because your schedule is jam-packed doesn't mean your backpack should be. With a roomy main compartment, a removable case for your school supplies and multiple zip pockets to keep your other essentials, you'll be ready to take on whatever the school day brings.

Herschel Miller Backpack

If she wants a simple and durable design, she'll love the Hershel Miller Backpack. It has an extra-large interior to hold a laptop, books, clothes and more. It also includes a front zip compartment to hold all of those everyday essentials.

Best college backpacks for boys

Nike Heritage Backpack

If they like matching their kicks to their accessories, this Nike backpack's right up their alley. Its internal sleeve is roomy enough to carry a 15-inch laptop, while its many other storage compartments can carry everything else you need to tackle the school day.

High Sierra Swerve Pro Backpack

Wearing a backpack has never been this comfortable. The straps and back panel of this High Sierra pick is made with air mesh and foam, which will give you all the support you need throughout the day. Other cool features to anticipate include a Laptop Hammock™ for bottom drop protection, a fleece-lined pocket for your phone or sunglasses and dual water bottle pockets on each side.

Swissgear 18" Laptop Backpack

It's always a drag when you have to run back to the dorms because you forgot to pack something. With this Swissgear backpack, that issue will be a thing of the past. This option not only has separate compartments for your 16-inch laptop and a tablet, but it also has separate areas for all of your other essentials and two side water bottle pockets.

Osprey Packs Daylite Pack

If he loves spending time outdoors, then he'll love the Osprey Daylite Plus Daypack. It has a large panel-loading main compartment and attaches to a variety of compatible Osprey packs if he ever wants to upgrade and buy a weekender.

Feeke Pans Backpack

For the guy who likes to live life as orderly as possible, consider getting the Feeke Pans Backpack. It includes four main loading areas to hold up to three days' worth of clothing (and plenty of room for all his books!).

Yorepek Extra Large Travel Laptop Backpack

The Yorepek Extra-Large Travel Laptop Backpack has over 22,800 verified Amazon ratings and an impressive 4.8-star average. Many reviewers love this bag for its size, durability and convenient USB charging port.

Under Armour Adult Hustle 4.0 Backpack

This Under Armour backpack has over 11,700 verified ratings and a solid 4.8-star average. It comes in over 40 different colors and patterns, but we think this neutral navy design would be great for any guy on campus.

Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC 26L Backpack

The Patagonia Black Hole Mini Backpack is great because it can be worn in a variety of different ways: on your back, by the top handle or even slung over with the shoulder strap. It's made with 100% post-consumer recycled polyester fabric in the body, lining and webbing.

Fjällräven Räven 20 Backpack

The Fjällräven Räven backpack is another great option if you're looking for something sleek and durable. It has a simple design with heavy-duty construction for everyday use and comes in seven different colors.

The North Face Vault Backpack

If they don't need a ton of space but want a bag that efficiently holds their school necessities, this design from The North Face may be a good option. The main compartment features a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve and still comfortably fits your books and binders.

Everest Suede Bottom Backpack

For those who don't want to spend a ton of money, consider the Everest Suede Bottom Backpack. It's by far the most inexpensive backpack on our list — but it will get the job done. The suede bottom provides extra durability, the exterior zipper pocket is great to hold small items and the main compartment is able to fit any and all school supplies.

Adidas Prime IV Backpack

The Adidas Prime IV Backpack features multiple pockets for easy organization and a padded sleeve to protect electronics. The durable shoulder straps offer added comfort, while reflective details enhance visibility in low-light conditions.

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