We've provided 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, 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 June 20, 2012.
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:
COLUMBIA apple store
Columbia has a custom Apple Store available below.
Dell has a customized Personal Purchase Program available to all University staff, students and faculty. Users can find a list of computers recommended by CUIT for general business productivity and instructions for purchasing at this link:
Columbia University Purchasing has a wealth of information about discounts from additonal vendors here: