Dell Computer

Computer Recommendations for Personal Purchases

If you are purchasing a new computer, visit uncw.edu/computers to view options in our online Apple and Dell stores. Purchasing from our site provides you with a discount and also helps UNCW. Currently, we find approximately half of students purchase an Apple and half purchase a Windows computer. We suggest checking with the department in which you will be majoring to see if they have a recommendation.

Specialty Software
If you plan to purchase an Apple computer, please be aware that there is software that you may need that is only developed for Windows computers (e.g., Microsoft Access, some business applications). There are workarounds for Mac computers such as Bootcamp or Parallels. These programs allow you to run Windows on your Mac. Also, the Learning Commons in Randall library has computer stations available with Windows, and B1NAR1ES Technology Store has laptop rentals.

Microsoft Office
Current faculty, staff and students can download Microsoft Office for free. More details.

Antivirus
It is imperative that you install an antivirus program on your Windows and/or Mac computer, but there is no need to purchase it. UNCW recommends downloading free software from our Antivirus website.

Bringing an older computer
If you are bringing an older computer to campus, here are the minimum campus compatibility recommendations:

Windows Computers

Windows 7
Intel Pentium Dual Core, 2.2 GHz or higher
2 GB Memory (RAM) or higher
80 GB Hard Drive or higher
10/100 Ethernet Wired Network card
802.11g Wireless Network card (laptop)
Internet Explorer 8 or higher
Antivirus

Macintosh Computers

OS X 10.6 – Snow Leopard or higher
Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz or higher
2 GB Memory (RAM) or higher
80 GB Hard Drive or higher
10/100 Ethernet Wired Network card
802.11g Wireless Network card (laptop)
Safari 5 or higher
Antivirus