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Personally Owned Equipment

Colorado College partners with both Dell and Apple to provide small discounts to our community for personal purchases.

We recommend purchasing a computer from an online store such as the above and having it shipped as the best option.  You can, of course, also go to a physical store such as Best Buy (for PCs) or Voelker Research (Macs).  We find online stores preferable primarily because the items are built to order and so are a bit more "brand new," they don't tend to come with as much pre-installed junk (called bloatware), and there are more options for configuring your purchase just how you want it.

Prices for basic computers have really come down in recent years, and in the case of both Dell and Apple, starting with the cheapest base model and bumping up the specs a little bit (particularly RAM, which we recommend you bump up to at least 4 GB) is fine for the majority of things that an average person uses a computer for.