Below are some general guidelines and recommendations to help you navigate through the complex decision of buying a computer. If you have any questions regarding the purchase of a computer, please consult one of our technology staff members if you are a faculty or staff member, or a DMC fellow if you are a student. Columbia University School of the Arts technology staff members are happy to discuss your needs and provide guidance about technology, but be advised that there are no warranties, express or implied, for guidance provided, and users are solely responsible for personal purchasing decisions.
Columbia University School of the Arts does not make specific recommendations about manufacturers or models, for several reasons:
We recommend the following minimum hardware and software requirements for a basic system for writing, email, and browsing the web:
Updated August, 2013.
Gamers and users who will be working with digital video, multimedia, web development or graphics applications should consider:
Users are encouraged to choose the Operating System that they are most comfortable with, but they should consider the following before making a purchase:
Users who'd like to check out reviews or user recommendations might be interested in the following links:
If you are a School of the Arts faculty member and would like to use FRAP, Startup or Computer Replacement Program funds to purchase a computer, please click here to contact the School of the Arts Business Office via email, and they will provide on assistance on the process.
If you are purchasing a computer using personal funds, you are subject to all applicable taxes. Personal computer purchases are not covered by the University’s tax exemption. Computers purchased by the School or the Univeristy are tax-exempt.
COLUMBIA apple store
Columbia has a custom Apple Store available below.