Computer Purchase Recommendations

Purchasing a computer is a big decision and can be an overwhelming experience or many first time buyers. In an effort to help answer some of the most common questions we receive from incoming students and their parents, we have put together this purchasing guide.

Battle Of The Ages: Mac vs. PC

Many incoming students and their parents want to know which type of computer should I purchase: A Mac or a PC? The simple answer is: it does not matter, it is strictly a matter of preference. Both Macs and PCs are supported on our network. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding what to purchase:

The Bottom Line: Both Macs and PCs are compatible with our network. You should purchase the computer that best fits your needs and preference.



Ready To Purchase? Let's Talk Specifications...

So, you have decided to make a purchase, huh? Well, here are a few things to consider before you make that final decision:


System Comparison

We have compiled a document comparing a few different computer brands. Please click here to download it. Note: You must have Microsoft Word to view this document.


Anti-virus Information

Bloomsburg University no longer mandates that a specific anti-virus solution be installed. We do however, recommend (and provide for free) Microsoft Security Essentials! Visit our downloads section to obtain your free copy! Please Note: Those using Windows 8 do not need to install or purchase anti-virus, an anti-virus solution is already integrated in to the Operating System.



Student Discounts

Students and families looking for discounts on personal computer purchases are encouraged to view the purchasing links provided here.