Ok I am lucky enough to use both on a daily basis, this is being written on a Mac now, in the office, and my Windows box is at home. I have discovered that a lot of people like owning a Mac just because it is not a windows box. Of course that statement isn't that true now with the Intel based Mac's being able to run Windows alongside the usual Mac OS . They are just different enough to offer a fresh perspective on computer use as a whole and while the differences are noticeable they are good differences in my opinion.
Today's software market is able to meet the needs of both very well. Gaming is a bit of a grey error in the past for the Mac but this is only getting better as time passes. You didn't mention what you were going to study but you may find that using a Mac may give you a certain edge in some "multimedia" based professions. And they do tend to look a bit better in standard configuration than most standard spec windows boxes!
As for getting one for college, why not? College is the start of a whole new chapter in your life, why not change over your computing habits as well!
macs? its not intended to be a biased question or anything, i really am asking. i've been a loyal pc user ever since i've started to use computers. my knowledge with using pcs can be summed up between intermediate and advanced. however, i've been hearing a lot of good stuff about macs for some reason. not so much what they can do or how they perform, but just how much people are so "happy" to own them. why is this? what can they do that pcs can't? i'm off to college in a couple months and its that time where i need to buy another laptop... so i've been debating whether i should stick with pcs or go with macs. according to everyone so far, macs seem like a really good choice, but before i make that decision... i really would wanna know... whats so great about it?