I live by my ipad. I have an ipad, iphone and laptop and I coordinate all of my notes and school stuff through them. There are a lot of applications that one can use to sync schedules, assignments, documents, whatever through these devices so having an ipad is just like having a laptop. There are even apps that allow you to link to your laptop even if it is back in your dorm and you are in class. My laptop is a bit on the heavy side. So it is really a pain to have to carry it to class everyday, walking across campus with snow and only a short time for passing. An ipad is much lighter and I can pretty much do the same stuff. It's also really easy to study on, if you take pictures of all your notes and string them together as a pdf and then read it like you would be reading an ebook. Really saves all the paper and large books you have to lug around
The price may be an issue, so you should consider your options carefully. I received mine as a gift, but I probably would have bought it anyways even if I already owned a laptop.