Who Needs a Laptop?
All full-time entering undergraduate day students (both
freshman and transfers) are required to have a laptop computer as a
condition of enrollment in the University. For additional
information regarding this requirement, the laptop or other IT
related questions please contact Information Technologies at
The Laptop Repair Depot (LRC310) at WSU provides support
for your laptop. We provide recommended models with complete
support throughout the warranty. Non-recommended models are
supported for $20 (on OneCard) per incident. We also sell MSOffice
Pro software ($15 on OneCard) and Windows OS software ($20 on OneCard).
WSU's Recommended Laptop
As a member of the Worcester State
community, you can take advantage of the University’s ACCESS (Accessible
University Computing and Enhanced Student Services) program and purchase a
new laptop at a significantly discounted price. We have agreements
with various vendors for discount pricing (see above link).
Generally the cost of the laptop is factored into first year awards
(freshman/transfer). Please contact Financial Aid directly (508.929.8056)
for additional information.
Warranty hardware and software support is
available via the WSU Helpdesk or from the vendor directly. The IT Help
Desk/Laptop Repair Depot is located on the third floor of the Learning Resource Center
When selecting a laptop it is important to keep in mind...
It is important that your laptop is resilient to everyday wear and
tear. This should include the casing and the internal housing for
each part. Retail models typically are not designed with this
specific detail in mind.
2) Supportability: Will
course software run on your laptop? Will you be able to get
on-campus support? Can the laptop access printing and other
is an authorized on-site service provider for several vendor machines and service is
provided for supported units at no charge, regardless of the problem.
This means that you don't have to call the vendor, simply bring the unit
to the on-campus Laptop Repair Depot/Help Desk for all your support
3) Price: Each year,
Worcester State University aggressively negotiates the best price possible
for a high quality laptop. While you will find 'less
expensive' laptops in retail stores, they may not meet our
recommendations for durability, supportability and value.
4) Sustainability: Just as
price is important, so too is the assurance that what you are purchasing
will last, whether through the typical 4-year university experience or
beyond to graduate school. We are confident that the units we
recommend meet or exceed these objectives.
About Microsoft and Other Operating Systems
Worcester State University supports Microsoft'sWin7 Business and
Ultimate effective. Please note that Win7 Bus/Ult,
XP Professional or Vista Business/Professional/Ultimate are the
only operating systems that will be able to access some
University's specific network resources. 'Home' edition
operating systems are not recommended for security reasons, Apple/Mac
OS is supported at the Laptop Repair Depot and limited support
is available for Linux OS.
For additional information, click on one of the links below, or contact the Information Technologies' Help Desk
Ordering, Payment, and Finance
In order to avoid ordering errors, you strongly are encouraged to order
online! Each vendor offers a variety of payment options: credit card,
check, and financing. Students/Faculty/Staff
personal purchases: click here to
view the Laptop(s) Specs and order
online (online purchasing is strongly recommended!)
Options to Consider
Warranty and Damage
Be sure to purchase the warranty for highest number of years
available, in order that you are covered for support, parts etc. for
as long as possible. If available be sure to include
Computrace (lojack for computers) as part of the factory install.
If not available at time of purchase contact Computrace directly,
more information is available about this product at
It is highly recommend that you extend the complete care package
The standard configuration
should meet the needs of most users. If you anticipate
downloading and/or storing many large files, then a bigger hard
drive may be appropriate. Keep in mind you should
always backup important files to another, alternate location.
External Hard Drive
Keep in mind you should
always backup files to another, alternate location.
Additionally depending on your major/minor you may have requirements
that depend on an external hard drive. External hard drives
are available for purchase from many vendors utilizing your laptop's USB2.0 and/or Firewire
A surge protector will protect your notebook against power-spikes
while plugged into a wall outlet, which could harm the computer.
Up to a certain point, additional memory will not yield greater
speed. The standard 2-4gb of RAM should be adequate for all of
Note: Adding additional memory can decrease the
amount of time that you can operate your laptop on battery.
RJ45 Network Cable
A RJ45 network cable can be used to physically connect your laptop
to the WSU network. While your laptop will be able to connect
to the campus network using wireless technology, many users prefer
the higher connection speed offered by wired connection.
Dormitory residents in particular should purchase a RJ45 network
cable to enjoy the highest network performance possible (available
in the bookstore).
It is important to protect your laptop investment, and there are a
number of laptop backpack options to fit your individual needs and
Generally, battery charges last several hours,
you will want to include this in your review when making a laptop
all batteries come with only a ONE (1) year warranty
(from date of purchase) thus you may want to delay
purchasing a 2nd one right away.}
While you can print to any of the centrally located student printers
on campus, many students find that an inexpensive printer offers
greater flexibility for printing off campus or after hours.
When purchasing a printer, make sure that you also order a printer
cable, wireless printing is often not reliable! You may want to consider sharing a printer with your
like many universities, Worcester
State University offers fee-based printing. Black and white is
$0.10/page and color is $1.00/page - students receive $20.00
printing credit per academic year on their WSU OneCard ID.
Keep in mind that habits like leaving your dorm room
unlocked/open, and storing your laptop in a high-visibility location