Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Mac or PC At Boarding School

Zach042Zach042 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
I have recently been accepted into the Phillips Exeter Academy, and will be needing a laptop. I built my own desktop (PC) that I've used for many things that require a strong computer such as 3D modeling/rendering, astronomy work, video games, video editing, game development, and AI development. I personally prefer PCs because in most cases you can buy a PC with a stronger CPU and GPU than a mac, but I am unsure whether or not any classes require the use of a mac. Also, do most students use macs? I don't want to be the one guy with a PC.

Replies to: Mac or PC At Boarding School

  • YoungThriverYoungThriver Registered User Posts: 504 Member

    To my knowledge, MacBooks are not required but are the most commonly used laptops at PEA. If you really don’t want to be the only guy with a PC and can afford a MacBook, then feel free to buy a MacBook.
  • vegas1vegas1 Registered User Posts: 546 Member
    I would go with what you are most comfortable with. 3 of our kids had Macs while at PEA and one had a PC. Honestly, it was never an issue for classes or socially. Our PC loving kid stuck with a new PC when he started college last fall. He had similar interests to you and preferred a PC for the same reasons.
  • Zach042Zach042 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thank you for your helpful addition to this thread! I am glad to know that although most students use macs, there are those (like me) who prefer PCs. I will follow your advice and go with what I am most comfortable with (PC).
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 973 Member
    Many schools provide laptops to students.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,307 Senior Member
    You may want to check on what tech the school supports, if it matters that you have support. It will be helpful to have a laptop, though.
  • HMom16HMom16 Registered User Posts: 685 Member
    While many kids have Macs, also consider the classes you plan to take. My kid has a Mac but had issues in his technical classes (AI, CS, Robotics). While these issues weren't insurmountable, they did delay things a bit and required extra research and effort to overcome.
Sign In or Register to comment.