Are you going into IT, or are you going into programming, because they're not the same thing. I started as a software engineer (programming) and after a year of it changed to IT, due to not liking sifting through 10,000 lines of code to find that just ONE of my " ; " was a " : ", or i forgot to include a library or something. IT, depending on the focus your school likes to take (mine puts a big emphasis on cisco), it's almost all server/network stuff. Lot's of routing and switching (cisco), server environments, VM's, linux/unix/gnu administration and practice (databases, dns services, web/mail serving, etc.). I'm now on my final year of bachelors in IT w/ a major in cisco, and the closest thing i've done to any sort of programming was writing routing tables and the such, which imho is absolutely nothing like actual programming (it's actually harder if you're not really, really good w/ numbers).
Either way, don't get a tablet. You need something to work on, not something to play with. Sounds like you're coming up with excuses to get a tablet just because you want to play with one. Don't. You're going to school to get a serious degree that will impact your career for the rest of your life and if you're going to get something for that, get something FOR THAT. Meaning a real computer / laptop. I'd even go so far as saying do not get anything with a dedicated graphics card esp if you're a gamer because that will only serve to distract you and once you get into classes like advanced linux administration, networking essentials, etc., those distractions WILL fail you. I made the mistake of farting around through my network essentials (cisco) class the first time and not taking the instructor seriously when he said we will be required to study 2-3 hours minimum per night to pass the class and I failed. Second time around, I studied a good 4-5 hours a night and got a B- in the class.