Purchasing Recommendations and Discounts

Technology Services is pleased to provide recommendations and links to discounted pricing on hardware and software to Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff considering personal technology purchases. Faculty and staff should contact the Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu for policies and recommendations on technology purchases using university funds.

Computers

Please review our recommended specifications before shopping for a personal computer. We have negotiated special discounted pricing for students, faculty, and staff who wish to purchase personal computers from Apple and Dell.

Chromebooks cannot be used to access vDesk. For this reason, we recommend against using a Chromebook as your primary means of computing on campus.

Apple

To access discounted prices on Apple products:

  1. Go to the Apple Store for Education.
  2. Type Puget Sound in the search box and click the Search button.
  3. Select University of Puget Sound in the results box.
  4. Click Shop for Yourself and follow the purchasing instructions.
  5. You may be required to enter your Puget Sound ID number to finalize a purchase online.

Dell  

To access discounted prices from Dell, visit the Dell Membership Purchase Program or contact Dell sales at 1.888.987.3355. Please reference the number US7900553 to receive your discount. You will be required to enter your Puget Sound ID number to finalize a purchase online.

Recommended Specifications

These recommended and minimum configurations are provided only as a guide. You may require a higher-end machine depending on your individual computing needs (e.g., doing significant video editing or graphics work on your computer).

The University of Puget Sound does not specifically endorse either the PC or Macintosh platform or any specific brands of hardware or software.

Windows Platform

Basic rule of thumb:  If it runs Windows 7 or 8, you will be fine!
Memory:  8 GB or more
Hard Drive Size:  250 GB or more

Macintosh Platform

Basic rule of thumb:  If it runs Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher, you will be fine!
Memory:  8 GB or more
Hard Drive Size:  250 GB or more

Software

Technology Services provides free anti-virus software for students, faculty, and staff to use on personal computers. Students are especially encouraged to use the university's standard anti-virus software.

The University Bookstore offers significant discounts on Microsoft Office, Windows, and other software titles. Visit the Bookstore online or in the Wheelock Student Center. Technology Services is also pleased to provide Puget Sound faculty and staff with discounted pricing on Microsoft Office through Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Program (requires Puget Sound login).

Open source options for word processing and other applications can be found at Open Source Alternative.

Technology Services provides access to standard and instructional software in computer labs for general use. Additional software programs are available for specific class activities in many labs.

Printers, Accessories, and Other Resources

The university provides printers in computer labs across campus, so it isn't necessary for students to purchase and install a personal printer. If you do bring a personal printer, you may configure it to connect wirelessly to the campus network as long as you can meet the following guidelines:

  1. You must be able to configure the printer to connect via automatic DHCP.
  2. You must be able to turn off broadcast of an SSID or any ad hoc network features on the printer.

Contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu to schedule an appointment time so we can provide a best effort attempt to configure your personal computer to connect to the printer once it is on the Puget Sound network. However, you may need to work with the vendor of either your printer or computer if further troubleshooting is necessary.

The university provides 4 GB individual network shares for students (6 GB for staff and 10 GB for faculty) to store and backup university-related files, but a USB memory key (also known as a flash, jump, or thumb drive) comes in handy for file transfer and storage. 

The Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires all colleges and universities to publicize legal alternatives for downloading music and video files. See the extensive list of alternatives compiled by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association focused on information technology in higher education.

For more information or assistance, contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu.

Be Smart and Stay Legal

If you illegally download copyrighted material, you may be subject to criminal and civil penalties. Paying to get legal copies of the music and videos you like is a cheaper way to go!

See the extensive list of legal alternatives for downloading music and video files compiled by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association focused on information technology in higher education.

Check out the University Bookstore!

Visit the University Bookstore in the Wheelock Student Center to get academic pricing on Microsoft Office and other software. The Bookstore also carries a selection of computer peripherals and printer supplies.