I have recently come to realize how fortunate I was to get a laptop instead of a desktop for college. Its portability came in useful quite a few times in the last years, where I had to take it with me to work on projects "in field", its battery helped me not to lose my work during power flickers/outages, the webcam and microphone came in very handy for the distance learning that we have been doing lately, etc. I would have a tougher time if I went with a desktop system. Just to get to some parity with what a laptop offers out of the box, I would need to additionally purchase a monitor, a keyboard, a UPS, a webcam and perhaps some other thing that I might be missing right now (wi-fi card?), and that's on top of the high price of a desktop, when it's all built into laptop's price.
So yeah, if you are wondering which one you should go with, I definitely recommend a laptop for college.