One of the biggest debates in college is which laptop is the best to buy. Considering how large of a purchase this is, people are very opinionated as to which is better, and the main argument is over if a Dell or a Mac is more practical for college.
I had a Dell Inspiron for my first laptop. After a year, there were so many malfunctions and issues that I had come across that I wanted a new one. My school has a great discount through Apple at our Computer Score, and after looking more in detail at Dell vs. Mac, I switched to Mac. I will NEVER turn back. A lot of people are apprehensive to the Mac operating systems, but after about a couple of days of getting used to it, everything is much more simple and efficient than working on a Dell.
There are certain instances where specific majors will ask their students to purchase one laptop over another simply because they are more attuned to the work done within that major, but if this is not your situation, I would say that Macs are the best bet. Macbook, Pro, Air, or whatever, I think they're overall a smarter purchase.