You may very well find that the school will have a specification that must be met to connect to their intranet. Check with the admissions department and see if there is a spec. sheet from IT.
You may be able to buy used, still meet the spec and have $$$$ left over for CDs and Pizza.
i am going to college in the fall and was wondering what type of laptop i should get, i know nothing about computers, i just need one that has everything i need and isnt to much money, and ideas?