Information Technology

Computer and Software Purchases

Dell computers are also available at academic prices. Visit Dell - Education Personal Purchase Program* - [Member ID:BS27825200]

Purchase Microsoft Office and other software at Discounted Software .

Note that participation in these programs is at the discretion of the student, and the purchase contract is between the student and the manufacturer; negotiations to resolve any disputes will be the responsibility of the purchaser. Please refer to General Information Section for guidelines to consider when purchasing a computer.

Choose a four year warranty, and include coverage for accidental damage.

Know how and where to get the computer serviced if something fails. It is a good idea to keep a copy of the warranty information and the computer manufacturer's tech support number with the computer.

Applications Software
The campus standard for general applications software is Microsoft Office 2003 -Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (presentation software) and Access (database).

If you wish to include wireless capability in a laptop purchase, consider the 802.11b or 802.11g (WiFi) technology to remain compatible with campus standards.

  • A surge protector to protect your computer equipment from electrical surges.
  • Thumb Drives or diskettes. Work in public labs and presentations in class can require considerable storage – consider a few 256 MB thumb drives for portability and a 512 MB or larger thumb drive or other backup device to make ROUTINE backups of your data
  • Students are responsible for insuring their computers. Check with your insurance carrier for the specifics on your homeowner policy.

Last but not least!!
If you are buying a new computer, be certain to open and test it before bringing it to campus. Plug in all connections and power on the computer, making sure everything works correctly. If you have a printer, connect it according to the instructions and print a test page. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the computer. That's one less thing to worry about on move-in day and the first week of classes!