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Recommendations for Buying a New Mac

Academic Discounts

Be sure to take advantage of Apple's Educational Discounts available through: Shop Apple online for education pricing.

Recommended Configuration

Please note: Any laptop or desktop computer sold by Apple will work on our network, but we do recommend the following configuration:


Apple Mac - Laptop
  • Mac OS X El Capitan
  • Microsoft Office 365 Professional Edition
  • 8 gigabytes or more random access memory (RAM)
  • 256 gigabyte or larger SSD hard drive
  • built-in 802.11 n or ac Wi-Fi wireless adapter
  • inkjet or laser printer
  • carrying case
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for three-year extended warranty

Other Options to Consider

Below are some other options that you may want to consider:

  • Upgrade to 16 gigabytes (GB) of memory, for better performance, if funds permit.
  • Consider upgrading to a larger hard drive, for greater multimedia storage, if funds permit.

We recommend notebooks over desktop computers, but if you do decide that a desktop is what you want, you don't need the wireless adapter. It will already have Ethernet built-in, and each residence hall room has Ethernet ports available for high speed Internet access for each resident.