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 Service 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.

Are there educational discounts available?

Elon University does not recommend specific brands, makes, or models of devices. Several vendors offer discounts to university students, including Dell and Apple, when purchased with a .edu email address.

It depends on where you purchase your computer. It's always important to inquire about the possibility of educational discounts for computers. For example, see the links below for information about discounts offered by Dell and Apple.

  • Discounted Dell Products

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

  • Discounted Apple Products

Apple offers university students discounts on laptop and desktop computers, peripherals, and accessories purchased at the Apple store or website. 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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