NC STATE UNIVERSITY
Buying and Using
College of Engineering
FINaNCIal aId FoR laptop puRChaSE Student-Owned Computing (SOC)
You can work with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) to firstname.lastname@example.org
include the cost of your computer in your financial aid package. Please talk 919.515.2458
with OSFA regarding this process before making your purchase. Laptops
3,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $1,235.00 or 41 cents per copy.
must be purchased after June 1 in order to be included in your financial
aid calculations. If you plan to purchase your laptop at NCSU Bookstores,
talk with the Manager of the Computer Connections department about
reserving a computer for pickup on the first day of class.
Raleigh, NC 27695-7901
Campus Box 7901
North Carolina State University
College of Engineering
Engineering Computer Services
Information Technology and
ImpoRtaNt datES IN 2009
REtURn SERViCE REqUEStED
April List of recommended laptops and prices posted on SOC web site
May Laptops go on sale at NCSU Bookstores
June 1 Earliest purchase date for inclusion of computer costs in
July 1 Deadline for placing an order at NCSU Bookstores for pickup during
the NC Sales Tax Holiday weekend. (Tax-free orders can still be placed
through the Tax Holiday weekend for pickup later or on move-in
weekend. Orders take up to four weeks.)
July 15 Deadline for placing an order at NCSU Bookstores for pickup
during move-in weekend
July 22–29 College of Engineering New Student Orientation
Aug 7–9 Expected NC Sales Tax Holiday (see link below)
Aug 19 First day of classes
> NCSU Office of Information Technology (OIT) Computing Essentials:
College of Engineering
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
> NCSU Bookstores: www.ncsu.edu/bookstore/ FIRST-CLASS MAIL
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> NCSU Office of Financial Aid: www7.acs.ncsu.edu/financial_aid/
> State of NC Sales Tax Holiday:
http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/salestax_holiday.html www.eos.ncsu.edu/soc/ Fall 09
Dear New College of Engineering Students, The College of Engineering expects all Recommended Specifications for New laptops
Congratulations on your admission to NC State University and engineering! incoming undergraduate students to have CPU Dual-core 2.0Ghz or greater
We are excited that you are joining the engineering family at NC State, and a laptop or tablet computer. System RAM 2 GB
know that you will make many important contributions to our campus
community. We look forward to your successes in engineering. Optical Drive* Combo Drive (DVD/CD-RW)
One of the most important educational tools that you should plan to bring Hard Drive 120 GB
with you next fall is your own laptop computer. Our recent experiences BRINGING a laptop Video RAM 128 MB
with laptop computers have shown that significant improvements in OS Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.5, or Linux
communication and teamwork between students and faculty occur with Bringing a laptop to NC State in the fall does not mean you have to buy
Wireless** 802.11 a/b/g/n
the use of laptops. In addition, we have noted clear evidence of enhanced a new one. If you own a laptop that is less than two years old, compare
student learning through the use of laptops in the classroom. Having your your computer to the minimum specifications for owned machines on the Warranty*** 3-year parts and labor
own portable computer will also allow you to work at your convenience all Student Owned Computing (SOC) website: www.eos.ncsu.edu/soc.
* For tablets and other laptops without built-in optical drives, an external drive is adequate.
across campus. For these reasons, we have again set an expectation that For those who choose to purchase a new laptop, the College of Engineering ** NCSU wireless service includes 802.11 a,b and g. A laptop with 802.11n can access all of these.
all new incoming engineering undergraduates have a laptop when they and NCSU Bookstores have identified vendors who stand behind the laptops *** We also recommend that you purchase a policy that will cover accidental damage, such as spills and drops.
arrive on campus. Included in this brochure is information on our Student they make. We then configure specific models that meet our recommended
Owned Computing office and our laptop expectation. If you have any ques- specifications. A list of recommended models is available on the SOC website.
tions please do not hesitate to contact that office.
Whether or not you decide to purchase a model we recommend, the staff of Software
Again, congratulations and I look forward to seeing you during our New SOC are here to help. Please feel free to contact us for further assistance with > Office Productivity Students can purchase Microsoft Office for
Student Orientation session this summer! your purchasing decision. both Windows and Mac OS X for under $100 at NCSU Bookstores.
Sincerely, > Antivirus NC State gives free antivirus software to all students:
Jerome Lavelle, PhD
the Choice is Yours www.ncsu.edu/antivirus.
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs We have an open computing expectation in the College. You can be > Other Software Students may need additional software for classes.
successful at NC State regardless of the computing platform you choose Wait until you attend classes before purchasing software. Software
(Windows, Mac OS X, Linux). Campus computing resources are compatible requirements can change, or the software may be provided free or
with each of these platforms. at reduced cost: www.eos.ncsu.edu/software/.
What to ExpECt IN Fall 2009 all laptops are Not Created Equal peripherals and options to Consider
All incoming freshmen will be pre-registered for laptop sections of Do some research before you buy. USB storage device (flash drive) for regular data backups • Mouse •
Ethernet cable (25 foot) • Backpack bag made for laptops or a padded
> E101: Introduction to Engineering and Problem Solving > Campus bookstore prices are usually better than public retail sleeve • Computer lock
> E115: Introduction to Computing Environments prices, but we encourage you to compare market prices for the
models we recommend.
E115 includes hands-on experience in maintenance and effective use of
your laptop. If you do not plan to bring a laptop to campus, please make > Review vendor quality and service ratings from independent
sources such as Consumer Reports.
sure you register for a non-laptop section of these courses during your
summer orientation session. As an engineering student, you can receive computing assistance with
You can use your personal computer to access many essential campus
Buyer Beware! software and minor hardware problems from the Engineering Help Desk.
resources, including In addition, residence hall support and a walk-in help center are avail-
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is! Avoid these common
able to all students. The OIT Walk-in Center plans to have on-site licensed
> remote printing services pitfalls when shopping for a laptop:
repair technicians certified to do repairs on any of the vendors that are
> high-end applications > A vendor advertises laptops for $500, but when configured with recommended and sold via the NCSU Bookstores. For non-recommended
adequate specifications, the price rises significantly. vendors, please refer major hardware problems to the specific vendor. In
> tools for homework submission
> The configured price does not include a 3-year parts/labor warranty. addition, the E115 course will guide you in maintaining your own laptop.
Wireless access is available in all engineering buildings, and NC State’s
extensive wireless network coverage (802.11a/b/g) is being expanded to > The vendor charges a fee to contact customer support.
cover even more of campus: wireless.ncsu.edu.