I have owned the bag for about 1 month now. I am in grad school, and need to carry folders with notes (8×11) and an iPad. I also carry some meds, some clothing items, and some food items. This bag is large enough for all that without difficulty. It got crowded with 4 folders (each about 3/4 ” thick, 2 text books (about 3″ total), the iPad, and gym shorts and shirt (but the zipper still closed without much effort). It seems well made so far. The shoulder pad is comfortable. There are several pockets to carry items. The small one in the front is perhaps smaller than I would like, but overall is a great bag. For the price it is exceptional unless it falls apart in a few months. I think for your average student this would be great (I was worried that it might be too small, but it is a very generous size).Update for 5/2013.. Have been using for a couple of years now, and it has held up great. Padding on the shoulder strap is not quite as full, but I carry a lot of stuff as noted. I have also been taking my MacBook Pro 15″ screen in it, and it handles the size (I can’t close it all the way though), and the weight well. If they keep the build quality up, this is an easy recommendation from my standpoint. Overall, I love the bag. Would love a slightly narrower version of the bag even more.