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.


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.

Technology Services recommends that students do not use “beta” operating systems (operating systems that are still in the testing phase) on their personal computers.  If you choose to install a beta operating system, Technology Services may be unable to resolve issues that you may encounter, including the inability to connect to campus systems, or the loss of data.


To access discounted prices on Apple products:

  1. Go to the Apple Store for Education.
  2. Select your computer and additional items.
  3. You will need to enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one.
  4. Click here to view the Apple Store Terms and Conditions for educational purchasing.


To access discounted prices from Dell, visit the Dell Membership Purchase Program (MPP) or contact Dell MPP Sales at 1.800.695.8133. Please reference Member ID US7900553 to receive your discount when you call in. The Member ID is no longer required for online purchases.

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 Windows or Macintosh platform or any specific brands of hardware or software.

Windows Platform

Operating System:  Windows 10 recommended
Memory:  8 GB or more
Hard Drive Size:  250 GB or greater
Wireless: 802.11 A/C

Macintosh Platform

Operating System:  Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) or higher
Memory:  8 GB or more
Hard Drive Size:  250 GB or greater
Wireless: 802.11 A/C
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt


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.

Technology Services is also pleased to provide current Puget Sound faculty and staff with discounted pricing on Microsoft Office 365 annual subscriptions 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 or recommended for students to purchase and install a personal printer. If you do bring a personal printer, contact Technology Services to schedule an appointment for configuring the printer to the wireless network. You must 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 to store and backup university-related files, but a USB 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.


Discounts on Samsung products are available to you by using your Puget Sound email address. Sign up for the education discount program here:


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.