There are public computing labs available on campus, as well as a virtual lab, so buying a computer is not a requirement for students. However, most students do bring a personal computer to campus.
Of course it’s important, when first purchasing a computer, to make sure you’re spending wisely. Part of a “good buy” means making sure your computer will remain with you as a partner throughout your four years at Haverford. We recommend you use the specifications below as a guide. With the many options available in stores today, these will help you narrow down your choices. These apply to both Mac and Windows purchases.
|Processor||Intel Core i7||Intel Core i5|
|Storage||500 GB @7200 RPM||320 GB @7200 RPM|
|Memory||8 GB||4 GB|
|Operating System||MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan)
Windows 7 64-bit or Later
|Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks)
Windows 7 32-bit
In addition to these basics, consider a good warranty. If you’re interested in purchasing the same professional-grade computer that IITS purchases for our faculty and staff, check out our current baseline specifications.
Mac or PC?
Haverford is a cross-platform campus, which means that we support the use of both Windows and Mac on campus. The choice between a Mac and a PC is a very personal one. Cost, personal preference, comfort and style – as well as which tool is best for the job at hand – all play pivotal roles in making the decision. Haverford College supports the use of either MacOS or Windows. The IITS ProDesk Staff can help you through a decision-making process if you need assistance in making a choice.
Students, faculty and staff can order computers Apple and Lenovo computers for personal use at an academic discount.
To get the Apple discount you must call Apple directly or order via Apple’s educational sales web site. Most MacBook Pro laptops meet Haverford’s minimum standards for students. You may order by phone: 1-800-MY-APPLE or online.
For a Lenovo discount, visit our vendor partner’s website. On that site you’ll find lots of different models. When ordering, please check to make sure the model you’re selecting meets or exceeds the minimum recommended standards for new computer purchases listed above.
Printing is free of charge for Haverford students and printers are available in all public computing labs and libraries on campus. Instructions are available on our website for printing to these printers from your personal laptop.
Some students still prefer the convenience of a personal printer in their dorm room. IITS does not have a specific printer recommendation, but we can offer the following tips for shopping:
- When purchasing a computer you’ll often see printer options – frequently at promotional pricing.
- If you wish to look at some options before buying, you may prefer to get your printer at a local office supply or computer store.
- Be sure to check the printer specifications to make sure it will work with your computer and operating system.
- Order a cable with your printer. Cables are not usually included. Wireless printing to personal printers is not supported anywhere on the Haverford College campus.