Lol, well i'm a heavy Laptop user, i carry it all the time and use it on almost everything even games, i've used a lot as well, Acer was Ace (no pun intended) , Samsung, Sony, HP are great, LG was fantastic (and looks great as well!) , MAC is okay though overpriced .... what else is there?
i've used Toshiba twice, and the first one had hard time doing simple stuff , (like WMM) and kept overheating, the second one kept having it's battery fail (at first it was okay, then the battery can't last for more than an hour)
as for MSI it was dead on arrival , its noisy and its horrible at doing the simplest things....
Over heating and sparse battery life are valid complaints for Toshiba. For some people these aren't a huge concerns though. College students are likely going to have gobs of access to power outlets. The inevitable hour, hour and a half worn battery life to some is a mute point. If you have a warranty, the retailer or toshiba(whichever you have the warranty through) should replace it before it is unbearable. For the overheating, as long as the fan has room to breath it should be fine. Times when I've overheated, I was running a heavy operation while not giving the fan some room. Most importantly, neither of these two problems are detrimental to the health of the laptop.
For my situation, Toshiba has been excellent given the price, power, and reliability.