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Computers for Engineering Students

Vanderbilt engineering students are expected to have a portable computer that will run the software needed for in-class use. You can buy it through the Vanderbilt Bookstore or you can bring your own. You may already have a machine that will meet your needs. The Bookstore model will be a PC. A Mac will do, but only if it can run Windows and otherwise meets the PC specs.

1. The recommended minimum specifications may be seen at:

https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/transit/ComputerRecommendation.php

2. How it is paid for?

Our early estimate of the cost of such a machine was $1,600. That does NOT mean that you will be billed for $1,600. It is like textbooks; we give estimates of what they will cost, but you buy them on your own. You can buy your machine through the VU Bookstore (see below) but you do not have to. You may bring the computer you now own, or buy another on your own.

Freshman students receiving financial aid will have a $1,600 computer allowance added to their calculated cost of attending Vanderbilt. If you choose, you can arrange to have funds added to your Commodore Card, before July 15, and use that to buy the computer from the VU Bookstore. Instructions for adding cash to your Commodore Card to permit you to make this purchase at the bookstore will be provided to you separately.

3. Instructions for Purchasing a Laptop Through the Bookstore

The Vanderbilt Bookstore will stock and sell a laptop model which satisfies the Engineering School’s requirements for student laptops. This laptop may be found by visiting the following website, scrolling to the bottom, and selecting the link entitled, “RECOMMENDED BY THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING.”

http://www.vanderbiltbookstore.com/

Listed below is the model that will be available for purchase at the bookstore at a total price of about $1,600, including tax:

   HP ProBook 440 G4

$1,412.96  
(Included: 4-year limited warranty and 4-year accidental damage care with built in webcam and microphone)

In addition, you may wish to buy the following:

Xavier 14-ft. Ethernet cable     $ 9.98
HP Laserjet P2035 printer $ 314.98
Xavier USB 10-ft. A-to-B printer cable  $ 11.98

 

It is important to remember to register the warranty when you receive your computer. The four-year warranty will be attached to each computer’s serial number. When you pick up your computer from the bookstore, there will be instructions for registering your warranty online. You will not be able to receive service if the serial number is not registered.

No hardware support is provided by the School of Engineering.

4. Instructions for Purchasing a Laptop from Dell

The School of Engineering also made arrangements with Dell to offer a Latitude E5480 that meets the minimum recommendation. This laptop may be found by clicking the "Shop Your Standard Configuration" link on the following website. This computer may not be purchased using your Commodore Card.

http://www.dell.com/vanderbiltengineering/

No hardware support is provided by the School of Engineering.