There are several computer labs located throughout campus that students are welcome to use; however, if you do choose to purchase a computer, here are some things to consider:
How much do you want to spend?
There isn't a huge difference between $300 and $1,500 computers anymore as they have become much more efficient. However, there are a few programs that require a laptop. For more information on if a program requires a laptop, click here and select your program from the drop-down list of options.
Size and Weight
Many students enjoy larger monitors, but keep in mind the size and weight of a laptop since your student will be carrying it around campus.
Laptops Sold through NDSCS
To find out specifications on the different types of laptops sold through NDSCS, click here.
A 3 year warranty is included, which includes the ability to use a rental unit until the computer is fixed or replaced if needed.
Free technical support through NDSCS.
Using Financial Aid to Cover the Cost: After verifying that your student will have sufficient funds available, he/she can put $200 down to reserve the computer and then use the overage money (what your student receives from the Business Office after using any financial aid, including scholarships and grants, to cover all costs charged to their Financial Aid account like tuition, fees, housing, tools, textbooks, etc.) to pay the rest of the cost of the computer. The computer is given to the student once payment is received in full.
MS Office is provided free of charge if your student has an NDSCS email account, which every student has! This includes MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
There are printers located in computer labs throughout campus for student use.
Color printing is available through NDSCS Print Services for a small fee. For more information, visit Print Services.