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Report: Macs gaining ground in colleges

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Tue October 2, 2007

More Macs in colleges?

A new report suggests that Mac-using college students are becoming more prominent at a rapid pace, and that most switchers aren't considering moving back to Windows-based computers at all. The number of Minnesota university students who use Macs is rising quickly, according to Pioneer Press, with roughly a quarter of St. Olaf students owning a Mac as of last year with an expected rise of 5-10 percent this year. Buying a Mac is described as a "no-brainer" by one St. Olaf sophomore, while student Mac ownership at Gustavus Adolphus has rocketed up to 22 percent with one in four freshmen owning Macs. "Much of this can be tied to the success of the iPod," technology-services director Bruce Aarsvold said. "[...] Many students also recognize that viruses and infected spam pose almost no risk to the Macintosh platform."

The fact that Macs are approved for use on the Gustavus Adolphus network out of the box, while Windows systems must often undergo modifications to meet stringent security requirements with anti-virus and firewall software, is testament to such security claims in favor of Macs.

At the end of the day, the simpler computer with less setup time enables students to begin course-related work quicker. That, combined with the lack of viruses and spyware afflicting Macs loose in the wild, allow students to begin work in short order and continue working through most security worries plaguing their Windows-oriented peers.

by MacNN Staff




  1. sputschic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are ruining the Mac community. Stop pretending to be Mac users, you mouth-breathers, and trot on back to the PCs from whence you jumped on the Mac bandwagon. You do yourselves no favors by leaving a platform to which the thorough beigeness of your personality is finely calibrated.

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    that's some diatribe.

  1. brlittle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dear @sputschic

    Don't be rude.

    Anyway, the story is good news. At the campus where I work, we saw Mac use among the incoming class jump from 1 in 4 last year to 1 in 2 this year.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You have got to stop letting people drop trou over your breakfast cereal.

    How on earth do you know all of these swichers, and what loonie put you in charge of the door?

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969


    let's welcome them

    There's nothing chic about being a d***. New Mac users of today can be tomorrow's power users, forum contributors, and Apple evangelists. Those of us who have been hard-core Apple fans for many years (hint: if you've heard that pun over 100 times, you may be one) should be eager to help them get comfortable with the Mac experience.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more users

    I am always curious why there is so much rudeness on these forums.

    There are more mac users this year than there were last year. This is an undisputed fact, based on independent evidence (web traffic, sales, surveys etc).

    This is a good thing for all computer users. M$oft will work harder to make windows better (re: Vista), there will be more developers on OS X.

    And switchers, please ignore SputChic. We welcome you. If you try OS X and don't like it, before going back to PC, check for assistance in the MAC community. Most of us are friendly.

  1. dmsimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's fine until...

    ..I get my first virus. Then we're kickin 'em all out. I'm hard-core, so it's OK.

    (Where is my PB5300c receipt?)

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