As my son just broke the screen on his old and heavy laptop, this will make the perfect replacement for his last year in college. He doesn't need the ability to run legacy applications, Windows Store apps will give him everything he needs as a student.
I use the Surface primarily for work, doing research and literature reviews. I also have continuing education programs online, and the Surface is the ideal tool for this activity. Every day I encounter a new area of functionality of this machine that I didn't expect- I am having a fun time exploring its capabilities.