Apple Macintosh computers are experiencing “surging popularity on college and university campuses across Minnesota and the country,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports for The Pioneer Press.

“Apple’s Macintosh once was an endangered species in U.S. higher education amid the brand’s market doldrums and Microsoft’s seemingly unassailable Windows dominance,” Ojeda-Zapata reports. “Now, the Mac is back in a big way.”

“This is said to be fueled in large part by iPod fever among students. Apple not only makes the popular brand of portable music and video players, but its ubiquitous iTunes software is innately linked to the iPod,” Ojeda-Zapata reports.

“Student users also like the Mac’s near-immunity to PC-type viruses and spyware, and the fact that the latest Macs can run the Windows operating system along with Mac OS X courtesy of the machines’ PC-compatible Intel processors,” Ojeda-Zapata reports.

Full article here.

Another article from The Pioneer Press detailing how Mac use has surged at other U.S. colleges and universities is here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]