70% of College Freshmen Use Macs

Aug 5, 2010 - 25 Comments

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This is impressive: 70% of new college students are bringing Macs with them to school, according to a Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. The figure comes in relation to his downgrading of Microsofts stock, which caused shares of the software giant to fall 2%. Here are the details:

70 percent of college freshman are entering school with Macs, up about 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago.

“Our research is indicating that Microsoft is unable to connect with the new generation of users,” Chowdhry wrote, adding that this could cause problems down the road when these students enter the work force and once again pick Macs over Windows.

I hope the raw statistics and research data is released so we can get the precise details, but speaking from experience I can definitely say that Macs and Apple hardware are overwhelming college campuses. Sure you’ll see other computers and electronics around too but a clear majority of people are using at least one of Apple’s signature products, whether it’s a Mac, iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

So Apple is pretty much taking over, dominating college campuses, the USA, and reaching to the highest levels of power with President Obama and the White House staff all using Macs and iPads. Amazing.

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  1. Ben says:

    As long as Microsoft still controls what is used in the corporations, it will still have a place. Apple is not known for making good enterprise solutions, nor does it seem to care very much about that, beyond some small server solutions (ie. mac mini server)

    • John says:

      So now you are just hanging on to a “place” in corporate. Ha, love it.

      • Travis says:

        Keep in mind that as these students graduate and begin to take corporate positions that have the authority to make decisions, they will move things around to what they’re most comfortable with which will most likely be the machines that they went to college with.

  2. Kenneth Miller says:

    Hahahahha, not often that you see such blatant falsification passed off as news outside the Third Reich

  3. Walker says:

    Interesting that only the “haters” can find time to post regarding their false beliefs.

  4. Ed says:

    That picture was taken ages ago, it’s been floating around the internet for years.

  5. pedro says:

    that’s a whole lot of ‘thinking differently’.

  6. Chuck says:

    Nice article, Apple marketing people.

  7. Steve says:

    The other 30% are paying their own way through college…just saying…

  8. [...] [OS X Daily] This is impressive: 70% of new college students are bringing Macs with them to school, according to a Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. The figure comes in relation to his downgrading of Microsoft’s stock, which caused shares of the software giant to fall 2%. Here are the details: [...]

  9. Jeff says:

    Nice photo and propaganda hit piece. I remember seeing this back in either 2004 or 2006. The exact same photo. Sure, I would love for Macs to make up the majority and live in a modern day utopia, but wishing is not going to make it so.

    Macs making up 70% of incoming freshman. Seriously. In this economy. It is simply not logically.

    To make this story believable, I think we need more then a focus group and their general “feeling and survey” of the situation. What I want is some actually stats.

    • The Other Guy says:

      Here is a more recent photo:
      http://cdn.osxdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/macs-in-the-classroom.jpg

      Yes, I can confirm that, at least where I work (University of WI) at LEAST 70 percent of incoming freshman in the fall of 2009 and spring semester of 2010 used a macbook or macbook pro as their primary computer.

      While speaking with one of the university IT administrators a few days ago, I can tell you that they have seen what he called an “enormous surge” in the Mac to PC ratio.

      I don’t know, maybe it’s something in the water, but we’ve found that 70% is being conservative.

      I would be interested to hear if there are any other colleges seeing such surges.

  10. [...] may recall the figure released last week by a research analyst saying that 70% of incoming college Freshmen use Macs, well, at some schools it’s already higher than that. Take this classroom at BCIT, where out [...]

  11. [...] may recall the figure released last week by a research analyst saying that 70% of incoming college Freshmen use Macs, well, at some schools it’s already higher than that. Take this classroom at BCIT, where out [...]

  12. TOGGI3 says:

    “Our research is indicating that Microsoft is unable to connect with the new generation of users,” Chowdhry wrote, adding that this could cause problems down the road when these students enter the work force and once again pick Macs over Windows.

    I would like to add its the people in higher education who make up what the work force will be one day. :)

  13. [...] finally off to college, what else would they bring with them other than shiny new MacBooks? Some generous estimates report that as many as 70% of incoming college freshman own Macs. In a perhaps more realistic [...]

  14. [...] finally off to college, what else would they bring with them other than shiny new MacBooks? Some generous estimates report that as many as 70% of incoming college freshman own Macs. In a perhaps more realistic [...]

  15. Rob says:

    A bunch of sheep

  16. Observer says:

    In other news, 70% of college freshmen are also idiots. Isn’t that why they’re going to college?

  17. Keith N says:

    Why are they sheep if they use macs, but not sheep if they were all using Windows?

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