Looking for help purchasing a new computer? Look no further.
Students are expected to bring their own notebook computer to Wooster. Whether that computer is something you already own, or if you plan to purchase something new, we can help. While the IT Help Desk will provide support for the computer of your choosing, it must meet our minimum system requirements. To make the selection process for a new computer easy, we have partnered with HP and Apple to offer student discounts on preferred packages.
RECOMMENDED PACKAGES AND HOW TO PURCHASE:
APPLE MacBook Pro
You can order an Apple computer by visiting the online Apple Store or by visiting your nearest Apple Store. Take a copy of your College of Wooster acceptance letter into the Apple Store and they will honor the educational discount!
Our help desk staff are certified to repair Apple hardware. If you purchase an Apple computer with Apple Care Protection our staff can repair your laptop on site should you encounter a hardware problem.
We have partnered with HP and GovConnection (our preferred reseller) to make this process easier. On the GovConnection site, we offer packages designed to be budget friendly and meet the demands of the academic program. Pre-bundled with a hardware warranty, these laptops are reliable and designed to last throughout your 4 years at Wooster. HP packages can be purchased through the GovConnection site and shipped directly to your home.
Our help desk staff are certified to repair HP hardware. If you purchase an HP computer with a warranty our staff can repair your laptop on site should you encounter a hardware problem.
Hardware Warranty: We strongly recommend that each student purchase a laptop with a 3-4 year warranty to ensure the reliability of their computer throughout all 4 years at Wooster. Accidental damage is a good investment. It covers drops and spills, which most standard warranty’s do not cover.
If you have additional questions about laptop purchases, feel free to contact Mary Schantz, Director of User Services, who will be happy to assist you in the decision making process. 330-287-4357 or email@example.com.
|Minimum System Requirements|
|Operating System:||Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8 (not RT*), Macintosh OSX 10.7 or higher|
|Anti-Virus Software:||Every student-owned computer must be running up-to-date anti-virus software in order to access the network.|
|Productivity Software:||Every student-owned computer must have the ability to create and edit file types commonly used in Microsoft Office or have a licensed copy of Microsoft Office. Fortunately, Wooster students are now eligible for a free copy of Microsoft Office ProPlus. Instructions downloading and installing the Office ProPlus Suite can be found here.|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do I need to purchase accidental damage protection in addition to a standard warranty?
Answer: It’s a good idea. While the standard warranty will cover any hardware repair, it won’t cover drops and spills. In our experience, it’s a good investment.
Do I need to bring a printer to campus?
Answer: No. The college provides public access printers that are accessible 24 hours per day. Students can load the printer setup utility on their personal computers and print from anywhere on campus to the main queue. The queue will hold the print job for 24 hours and the student can visit any of our public printing locations, swipe their COW card and release the job. For more information about setting up printers and their locations, click here.
Can the help desk support both Macs and PCs?
Answer: Yes. As long as the student-owned computer meets our minimum system requirements listed above, we will be happy to assist with any technology questions or problems. 330-287-4357. The Help Desk is located on the 4th floor of Morgan Hall. We are open Monday – Friday, 8am -5pm.
Does the College offer discounts on Microsoft Office Products?
Yes! As of January, 2014, College of Wooster Students are eligible to install Microsoft Office ProPlus FOR FREE. The software license will remain active until you graduate. Instructions for downloading and installing Microsoft Office ProPlus can be found here.