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1. What computer hardware and software does your college require?

2. Deciding between a desktop or laptop computer

3. Shopping for a college computer

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College Computer Buying Guide


Around this time of year, high school graduates and their parents start thinking about buying a computer for college. Some parents will even promise to buy their children computers as high school graduation presents.
As this may be the first purchase of a computer for the parents or the students, their first computer shopping experience can become quiet confusing.

If you are one of these people, don't worry, the next couple of pages will give you some help simplifying your college computer shopping experience.

What computer hardware and software does your college require?

Your first task when shopping for a college computer is to find out what computer hardware and software your college requires for your field of study. After all, no one wants to spend a $1,000 or more for a computer and have it be incapable of running the required software.

To find out the computer requirements for your major, a visit to your university's web site is needed.
For instance, all of South University website can be found at You can conveniently find the list of colleges and the majors that they offer. If you don't know the web address for your university, then use your favorite search engine to find it.

Once at your university's web site, navigate to your specific college or field of study and see if there is any mention of computer hardware and software requirements. If there is no mention of computer requirements then make a note of the college point of contact's email address and phone number.

Next, I would suggest you navigate over to college admissions and see if there is any mention of computer requirements there. If there is no mention of any computer requirements, then make note of the point of contact's email address and phone number.

Specific computer information you need to know

If you still haven't any idea what your college requires then it's time to compose an email message to your college advisor or admissions contact and ask them specifically:

1. What are the computer hardware and software requirements for my major?

2. What Internet connections are available on campus and where can I find more information on how to connect to the university's intranet?

3. Can laptop and notebook computers be used in the classroom for taking notes and connecting to the Internet?

4. If you can't answer these questions can you give me another point of contact that can help?

Once you have the answers to these questions it's time to decide whether you want a desktop or a laptop computer.

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