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Update to Mac Usage at Universities

A while back I came across this survey of current and future computer usage from college students. SurveyU (http://www.surveyu.com/) is a survey research organization that has established a representative panel of college students within the United States who share their opinions on a wide range of issues, In a survey in Sept 2007 students were asked about their computing plans (http://www.surveyu.com/images/pdf/campus_computer_press_release_-_102207.pdf), the results I've put in the table below. Whilst the current global market share is around 7% it is apparent that usage amongst US college students is considerably higher with 23% using Macs. What is even more interesting is that 44% of students plan to purchase a Mac as their next purchase. Update: Appleinsider are now quoting a report from Student Monitor/Morgan Stanley suggesting 40% of college students plan to buy a Mac, unfortunately I can't find a link to the original source.

Manufacturer Current Ownership NextPurchase % StudentPlanPurchase
Dell 33% 21% 30%
Apple 23% 44% 83%
Hewlett-Packard 17% 14% 10%
Acer 7% 3% 16%
Toshiba 7% 5% 5%
Sony 4% 7% 5%

I did a quick search and I have compiled a table below giving details of published data which I have added a few more entries to, if anyone has links to further information I'd be delighted to add it, since it is often useful to have all the info in one place. Some of the links also have historical data and it is apparent that Mac usage has risen significantly over the last 5 years.


University % Mac Date Link
Cornell 21% Sept 2007 http://db.tidbits.com/article/9177
U. of Virginia 26% 19 Mar 2008 http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/2830/at-the-u-of-virginia-apple-continues-its-rise
James Madison Univ 14% Mar 2007 http://www.jmu.edu/computing/af/student.pdf
UW-Madison 20% Aug 2007 http://www.doit.wisc.edu/about/research/2007/stu_report.htm
Princeton 40% 5 Oct 2007 http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2007/10/05/news/18871.shtml
Dartmouth College 55% 25 Oct 2007 http://www.twincities.com/business/ci_7030129?nclick_check=1&forced=true
Georgetown University Law Center 25% 11 May 2007 http://blogs.computerworld.com/node/5497
Oregen State Uni 5% 26 Feb 2008 http://www.cio.com/article/188050
Wilkes University 100% 23 Feb 2007 http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com/2007/02/23/wilkes-university-going-all-apple/
Oregon's George Fox University 100% 2008 http://blogs.georgefox.edu/newsreleases/?p=4686
New York Medical College 33% 2008 http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/2830/at-the-u-of-virginia-apple-continues-its-rise
OC University 100% 2008 http://newsok.com/article/3230585/1208313938
Brandeis University 60% 2 Sept 2008 http://media.www.thejusticeonline.com/media/storage/paper573/news/2008/09/02/News/Number.Of.Students.With.Apple.Computers.Rises.To.40.Percent-3410623.shtml
St. Olaf 30% 1 Oct 2007 https://www.mnsu.edu/news/read/?id=old-1191247797&paper=topstories
Oregon School of Law 60% 23 May 2008 http://maclawstudents.com/blog/apple/update-on-macs-at-university-of-oregon-school-of-law/
On some courses such as Journalism it is almost 100% Mac as shown below

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