Villanova University is higher education's high-tech hotspot, claiming the No. 1 ranking in a new list of "Top 20 Wired Colleges."

The school, in suburban Philadelphia, tops the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Indiana University in the rankings, a joint project of PC Magazine and The Princeton Review, a college advising and test-prep company.

About 240 schools responded to the groups' survey, which asked about such topics as availability of online learning, faculty computer training, music downloading policies, and hardware and software provided to students.

At Villanova, first-year students are given laptops--and replacements after their sophomore year. Nursing students get personal digital assistants,


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