So I've considered it and after much soul searching (okay, not necessarily soul searching, but there were deep thoughts), I've settled on a desktop. A laptop had some great pros, one of them being the overall ease of travel and all, but I'm just drawn to a desktop's power and price. Plus the laptop would just be an expensive doorstop at home during breaks because I can't connect to the internet with it there anyway. And I'd be too wary of taking it around campus because of its expense.
Though this leads me to another somewhat related question. How big of a problem is theft (from small items to eletronics) from dorms?