My experience with Chromebooks is limited, but I must say that there are many who are prejudiced against them and provide advice and reviews based on that prejudice. I wouldn't try editing video files on a Chromebook, but it is fine for taking notes, writing papers, working on spreadsheets (do students have to use spreadsheets?), and a number of other activities besides web browsing and emails. Plus, the battery life is on par with more expensive PCs, which is certainly a factor to consider when you may be in a lecture room of 100+ with a handful of electrical outlets. I have a 14" HP Windows-based laptop that has 10 hours plus of battery life, but to get that, I have to add an optional extra battery, making it more than unwieldy as far as weight is concerned, and it cost around three times the LIST price of this Chromebook, never mind the sale price.