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Computer and Laptops - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
UMD students and parents have many questions about what computers and software are required at UMD. We hope this list will help answer those questions. If you have additional questions, you can contact the UMD Computer Corner via email at [email protected] or call (218) 726-6218.
To be eligible to purchase most hardware or software at the Computer Corner, you must be a current student, faculty, or staff member at UMD or another qualified institution of higher education. Please contact the Computer Corner with specific questions on educational pricing.
Every collegiate unit at UMD now requires a laptop. Students who are "undecided" are classified in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) unit. Detailed laptop requirements for each collegiate unit are available at the UMD tech requirement website: https://itss.d.umn.edu/students/technology-classes/purchasing
Exact specifications required are listed at the UMD tech requirement website:
We have laptop packages in stock that meet the requirements for each unit.
Yes. We offer student and educational pricing and have laptop packages in stock that meet the requirements for each unit.
Yes, students are able to purchase one laptop per year at educational/student pricing. Laptops must be
purchased in-store or via our umdcc.com/umdstores.com "online store" to be tax-free.
If you place an online order, you may see an estimated sales tax amount quoted on the checkout page and your initial order confirmation email. After we verify your enrollment at UMD, we will remove any laptop sales tax from before we charge your credit card or U Card. Please note: some promotional items offered with the purchase of a laptop may be subject to sales tax.
Other online purchases, where you purchase directly from education websites that we link to, like dell.com or apple.com, ARE NOT TAX-FREE even if required.
You may see an estimated sales tax amount quoted on the checkout page and your initial order confirmation email.
After we verify your enrollment at UMD, we will remove any laptop sales tax before we charge your credit card or U Card.
Please note: some promotional items offered with the purchase of a laptop may be subject to sales tax.
Yes. Any purchases made with your U Card are charged to your tuition account (sometimes also referred to as "your student account"). You must have a second form of photo ID to charge to your U Card. Keep in mind that the charges must be paid by the deadlines set by the University or a hold will be placed on your records.
U Cards can only be used for in-store purchases and online orders for pick-up.
To determine if the cost of a computer can be included in your financial aid package, students can complete a Cost of Attendance Appeal form. These forms are located at One Stop Student Services, 23 Solon Campus Center. For more information, please contact One Stop Student Services.
UMD Stores DOES NOT currently offer any in-store loan or financing plans. Currently enrolled UMD students can use their U Card to charge a computer to their tuition bill.
You are not required to buy computer hardware or software from UMD, but the UMD Computer Corner offers significant educational discounts for laptop packages and software options that meet UMD’s technology requirements. Any hardware and software that is required by a collegiate unit (LSBE, CEHSP, CAHSS, SFA, SCSE) can be purchased tax free when made at the UMD Computer Corner.
The UMD Computer Corner offers several PC laptop packages that have 4-year warranty and insurance included in the price. Additionally you can purchase a CPS extended warranty for any laptop, tablet or device; this is especially useful for Macs. Most standard warranties cover manufacturing problems in the first year - if the motherboard dies, for instance. Those kinds of issues are not nearly as common as the extra things the CPS warranty covers - spills, drops, and other kinds of accidental damage. The other thing to know is that if your machine shows some kind of accidental damage, it often voids the manufacturer’s warranty. If you have a CPS warranty for your laptop, you can have your machine serviced at the UMD TechCenter, which means you don’t need to worry about shipping it anywhere (if it needs to be shipped, we’ll do it for you). If you DO need to pay for a repair, ITSS rates are very reasonable. The ITSS TechCenter services Apple, Dell, & HP Warranty work.
A number of software packages are available for students for free or at reduced cost. For details, see http://itss.d.umn.edu/services/software. Graphic design majors (and some others) require a 12-month software membership license for the Adobe Creative Cloud. This special education price is only available to currently enrolled UMD students. See our Adobe page for more information and for current student pricing.
Students can purchase a printer, share with a roommate, or bring files to be printed on a flash drive to library computers, the Print Shop, or other labs. The Computer Corner offers basic printers for under $30.
As of summer 2017 all UMD residence halls and apartments are wireless only. Some residence hall lounge areas will have an Ethernet jack available.
ITSS offers high speed wireless and wired Internet access throughout campus. For more information about the wireless services available to UMD students, please visit the ITSS Student Services page: https://itss.d.umn.edu/services/student-services