Computer Purchases

Student Purchase Plans

Principia is grateful to offer special purchase plans in conjunction with Apple and Dell. Discounts with Apple are variable, while discounts with Dell are 7% off select models. Find information here for Apple and Dells purchases.

Personal Computer Recomendations

For those who choose to bring a new or used computer onto campus, we recommend the following types and configurations.

A laptop or tablet computer offers the benefit of portability for use in the library and other buildings. They also make the best use of desk space. Students are also welcome to bring desktop computers. Approximately 40%-50% of our students bring Apple Macintosh computers. Most of the rest bring computers of various brands that use Microsoft Windows. Both types work well in our environment.

  Macintosh Windows
Minimum Operating System OS 10.6 or Above Windows 7

Productivity Software

Microsoft Office 2011 Microsoft Office 2007
Anti-Virus software*
  • Symantec EndPoint for Mac (provided at no charge to students)
  • Other preferred A/V product acceptable with current subscription
  • Symantec EndPoint (provided at no charge to students)
  • Other preferred A/V product acceptable with current subscription
Minimum Update Service* None Microsoft Live Update for Critical Security Patches

*Any individual operating a computer that does not comply with these requirements is subject to both regulatory fines and fees for damages.

For the free Symantec Anti-Virus Software click this link - Anti-Virus Software.