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Computer Specifications

Information & Technology Services supports both Windows-based computers and Macintosh computers on campus.  The campus network is designed primarily around Windows computers and servers.  However, both platforms are tested regularly and are compatible with most systems on campus.

Computing Quick Facts (2013-2014 academic year)

• 90% of the college-owned computers are Dell computers running Microsoft Windows.
• 95% of student computers are laptops.
• 30% of student computers are Macintosh.

New Computer Recommendations
When purchasing a new machine, it is important to consider the longevity of a computer.  Purchasing a good machine now means it is likely to last the four years you are at Elizabethtown College.  Buying a cheap machine means it is likely to need to be upgraded or replaced during that same time period.

ITS recommends reading Consumer Reports as it provides excellent information on a variety of computers.  They also provide details on the repair history or various models of computers.  In general, most computers will work on the campus network.  It is just a matter of how well the computer will run the software.

Many times we are asked what machine to purchase.  Although we do not recommend a specific brand or model for students, we do provide general guidelines in the hardware we believe are best suited for college work.  These recommendations are based around the computers we are currently purchasing for the college.  We also strongly recommend getting a 3-4 year on-site service warranty.

Additional Resources:

2014 New Student Computer Specifications
Computing at Elizabethtown Frequently Asked Questions

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