Check with your academic division for recommendations on equipment and software.
If you are planning to purchase a new computer for your student, please think carefully about what computer capabilities, software and hardware will be appropriate for their academic program(s).
The WashU Tech Den is a great resource for laptop recommendations for new students.
The university does not have a preference of Macs over PCs or vice versa. You should decide to buy a computer that supports Mac OS X, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or any Linux distribution based on what you personally prefer. WashU students use it all, so whatever you decide to buy, you won’t be alone. The university also has nearly 6,000 computing stations on campus. If there is ever an instance when your computer is unable to perform a specific task, there are resources available that can.
Purchasing at the Campus Bookstore
At the Campus Store, WashU students always receive academic prices on the full selection of Apple computers, as well as special pricing on select Dell and Asus laptops. A variety of tablets are also available from Apple, Dell, Samsung, and Asus.
For further savings, ask about Back-to-School promotions from Apple, Dell, and Asus, and how you can participate in Missouri’s Tax Free Weekend, designated to be the first weekend in August.