Answered By: Donna Marconnet
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018     Views: 9

Here's a few tips to help you explore options:

Software

  • If you are buying a new computer, or already own a computer, you may not need to purchase some software. We have some free software programs like Office 365 and other software discounts for students.
  • Students can also access a virtual desktop with programs they may need for their classes.

Hardware

  • If you are looking to purchase a computer, check and see if you can get a student discount. Many companies give discounts to students. Sometimes you need to provide your college email address for verification.
  • The type of computer and specifications depends on your personal preferences, as well as which classes you are taking. Your instructors or program may provide some guidance too as far as what they suggest. 
  • For example, if you need to run Auto-Cad or Adobe programs, you're going to want to have a more powerful computer with a lot of memory. If you are taking liberal arts courses, most laptops will work fine. For some graphics arts courses, you might want to have a MAC.
  • Chromebooks have a good price point, but keep in mind that they run on a different operating system and some applications will not work on a Chromebook. 

If you stop in any of our campus libraries, we can help you get started with accessing college resources on your computer. Plus our libraries have computer labs right there. 

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