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What to know before your student arrives on campus

With a new school year often comes the need for a new laptop, and for your college student in particular, there are key considerations before picking the model and purchasing software.

Purchasing a computer

Before purchasing a computer, consider the requirements of the program. Certain programs may have graphics-intensive assignments while others require typing papers and making spreadsheets.

ITS recommends certain specifications when buying new personal computers. Recommendations and information about laptops and desktops, including from recommended vendors are available on our purchasing page.

Software available for students

Similar to computer hardware requirements, software needs may differ by program of study. Several common software titles are available at no cost to active Clark students. This includes Office 365, Anti-Virus and other academic-related applications.  Additional titles, including graphic design apps and data analytics apps are available at discounted rates. For a full list of available titles, see our software page.

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