Around this time of year, high school graduates and their
parents start thinking about buying a computer for college. Some parents
will even promise to buy their children computers as high school graduation
As this may be the first purchase of a computer for the parents or the
students, their first computer shopping experience can become quiet
If you are one of these people, don't worry, the next
couple of pages will give you some help simplifying your college computer
What computer hardware and
software does your college require?
Your first task when shopping for a college computer is
to find out what computer hardware and software your college requires
for your field of study. After all, no one wants to spend a $1,000 or
more for a computer and have it be incapable of running the required
To find out the computer requirements for your major,
a visit to your university's web site is needed.
For instance, all of South University website can be found at www.southuniversityinfo.com. You can conveniently find the list of colleges and the majors that they offer. If you don't know the
web address for your university, then use your favorite search engine
to find it.
Once at your university's web site, navigate to your specific
college or field of study and see if there is any mention of computer
hardware and software requirements. If there is no mention of computer
requirements then make a note of the college point of contact's email
address and phone number.
Next, I would suggest you navigate over to college admissions
and see if there is any mention of computer requirements there. If there
is no mention of any computer requirements, then make note of the point
of contact's email address and phone number.
Specific computer information you need to know
If you still haven't any idea what your college requires
then it's time to compose an email message to your college advisor or
admissions contact and ask them specifically:
1. What are the computer hardware and software requirements
for my major?
2. What Internet connections are available on campus and
where can I find more information on how to connect to the university's
3. Can laptop and notebook computers be used in the classroom
for taking notes and connecting to the Internet?
4. If you can't answer these questions can you give me
another point of contact that can help?
Once you have the answers to these questions it's time
to decide whether you want a desktop or a laptop computer.
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