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Purchase - What Computer Should I Buy

Recommendation for student computer purchase.

Things to consider when buying a new computer for college

Do I need to bring my own computer to campus?

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has computer labs in most academic buildings and three residence halls (Fletcher, Gruenhagen, and Taylor). Also, all the software programs you need to finish homework or projects are already loaded on them. Check out UW Oshkosh’s academic building lab locations and installed software. With that being said, personal computers are very convenient and a majority of students choose to bring one to campus. Many students choose to bring a laptop or tablet computer for increased portability. 

Recommended Features

  1. Processor (CPU): Intel i5 or better
  2. Memory (RAM): 8GB (16GB is encouraged) or more
  3. Internal Storage:Solid State Drives (SSDs) are much faster and provide longer battery life, Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) provide more storage space at a lower cost.
    • Important Note - Students are provided with 1 terabyte of cloud storage space on Microsoft OneDrive.
  4. Wireless:
    • For best performance, the computer should have 802.11ac wireless connectivity.
  5. Battery Life: Manufacturers' battery-life claims range from just a few hours up to 12 hours or more.
  6. Cases: A padded case or laptop backpack is recommended for safer transportation.

Please note, some departments/programs may have additional requirements, please contact your advisor or the respective department.

Computer Purchase Discounts

Current students are able to purchase computers with an educational discount from Hardware Vendor Sites:
  • Apple Store for Education
  • Dell 
    • for Education, for additional deals or promotions offered with Dell computers, follow this link or call 800-695-8133 and reference Member ID:  US1931537.

Software Discounts 

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

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Owner:Liz C.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2015-08-18 08:49 CSTUpdated:2022-08-08 10:52 CST
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