Software used in college, which school?

I am looking to go to school next year-2005 for i.d. I was wondering if there is any software that is used a lot ie: for homeworks, projects, etc that would help if I had it on my own computer. Also, was wondering what school would be be good to go to and why out of CCAD, CCS, MIAD, CIA, Kendal and Art Center.

solid works/ rhino should cover 3d, illustrator photoshop or even corel draw should cover graphics