60 percent of freshman at Brandeis University have Macs, total Mac use rises to 40 percent

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Sep
02

By: switchtoamac at: 10:16 AM on September 2, 2008 | Comments (0)

The Justice, an student newspaper of Brandeis University, reports that 60 percent of incoming freshman have come to school with a Mac. This influx of Mac users has raised the school's Mac user base to 40 percent.

Brandeis University is a private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Windows use declines - Apple use doubles

The report highlights that for the 2003-2004 academic year, 79 percent of students  used Windows.  This year, only 60 percent of students are using Windows.  This represents a decline of 24 percent.  The Mac has seen a rise from 20 percent to 40 percent over the same period, representing 100 percent growth.

The report includes quotes from students as well as from the Director of Networks and Systems.  You can read the entire article here.

Commentary
It's clear that today's students realize the benefits that Macs bring to their personal and education lifestyle.  Many universities are leveraging Apple technology including the use of iPods and iTunes U.  In the event Windows is necessary, students have the flexibility to run Windows virtually via software such as VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac.  Macs which run Mac OS X and other operating systems including Windows and Linux, are the most versatile systems on the market today.  A Mac is the ideal choice for today's student.

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