I was doing some research and i thought this might help out some of the parents looking for computers for their students that are going to college. If you are a student or a parent then you are qualified for the dell university discount. So if you are looking into ordering a computer online and custimizing it then delluniversity is your place to look. I found some coupon codes as well: Save an additional $50 off systems $699 and above with coupon code: WQQ$MQ0M4JNCWD. Or save $100 off systems $999 and above with coupon code: B980P775CS2Z02. Go to Dell.com/DellU or call 866-914-6077 for details. Offer ends 6/30. My opinion is that a laptop would be best since students will be able to take it anywhere. Just make sure that the laptop has some security on it so if someone steals it then you will be able to recover it! Let me know if you have any questions!