Purchasing a Computer



Ready to purchase a computer?

Below you will find a series of frequently asked questions and answers. On the left navigation panel there are a series of links to pages for the Dell and Apple computer purchase programs, minimum recommended computer specifications, and software discounts available exclusively to Elon University students.

Need more information? The Technology Help Desk is available to better assist you by:

  • Phone: 336.278.5200
  • Email: helpdesk@elon.edu
  • Live Chat

Do I need to have a computer?

While students are not required to bring a computer to campus, we strongly recommend that you do. Having a computer with you at Elon can make many activities much more convenient. For instance, you can:

  • Write papers and develop class work from the comfort of your residence hall or anywhere else on campus.
  • Conduct on-line research for projects through library databases and the Internet anywhere on campus at any time.
  • Access online campus resources like Moodle and OnTrack anywhere on campus at any time.
  • Maintain contact with family, friends, and professors through email, Instant Messaging and other Social Networking tools as you please.

What kind of computer should I purchase?

If you are considering the purchase of a new computer, Elon recommends a laptop computer as opposed to a desktop computer. Laptop computers can easily travel with you around campus. You will find them to be very helpful in taking notes and collaborating with other students on assignments as you move from space to space on campus.

Does Elon offer discounted laptops to students?

Yes, Elon University made arrangements with Dell and Apple to offer discounts to current students. In addition, the University offers a worry-free support program with the purchase of a university configured Dell laptop, see details below.

  • Discounted Dell Products

Dell offers Elon University students discounts on laptop and desktop computers, peripherals, and accessories purchased through Dell. For more information, click here.

  • Dell Student Laptop Purchase Program

Dell offers Elon students 3 years of worry-free parts, labor, and accidental damage protection with the purchase of a new university-configured laptop. To learn more, click here.

  • Discounted Apple Products

Apple offers Elon University students discounts on laptop and desktop computers, peripherals, and accessories purchased at the Apple store or website. Making the selection process easier, the university configured a number of laptop packages for your convenience. For more information, click here.

Does Elon have a list of recommended specifications for new computers?

Yes, every year Elon updates the specifications page to meet the growing technological demands of the student body and academic programs.

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