By the Numbers:
Aug. 23, 2017
65 percent/35 percent
Identify as ethnically diverse
Number of states represented
Foreign countries represented
include Argentina, Australia, Nepal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Over the summer, incoming first-year students were surveyed about the technology they planned to bring to campus. Most who responded said they would bring two key items – a smartphone and a laptop computer.
Of 729 responses, all but two students said they planned to bring a smartphone. Among them, 82 percent were iPhones and the rest Android and Windows phones.
Laptops? Of 748 respondents, 56 percent planned to bring Windows laptops, 39 percent Macs, and
2 percent Linux or Android laptops. Three percent would bring no laptop.
Desktop computers are decidedly unpopular with freshmen. Of 432 who responded, only 30 students, or 7 percent, planned to bring the relic of an earlier generation.