Should I buy a Mac or a Windows PC?
Students are free to purchase either a Windows- or a Macintosh-based computer, laptop or Desktop. In most cases the choice is yours, but in some academic disciplines the standard usage of an industry (e.g., graphic design) may indicate a particular choice, so you may want to check with your major department.
What software will I need; Does Cabrini provide any software to students?
ITR provides complimentary antivirus software to all students. Additionally, ITR is able to offer students discounted software through JourneyEd. For details, please see our Discounted Software section.
Must I have my own personal computer?
While Cabrini College provides a number of computers in public access areas, their availability can be limited; they are intended to supplement your computer rather than replace it. The ability to access a computer to complete work at any time of day or night is essential to keeping pace with many of the individual courses and academic programs here at Cabrini College.
If I already own a computer, do I need to purchase a second or new one?
Maybe. Should you already own a computer that meets or exceeds the specifications listed above, you may choose to delay a new purchase at this time. It is likely, however, that you will need a more powerful new machine, comparable to those Cabrini recommends, at some time during your course of study.
How will I use my computer while I am at Cabrini?
You will use your computer as both a labor-saving device and a tool for exploring ideas. You will use it to write reports and presentations, to record and analyze data, simulate lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments, retrieve bibliographic and Internet information, and much, much more.
Will I be required to bring my computer to class?
Cabrini College doesn't require students to bring a computer to class. If you need to use a computer during class time, your instructor will schedule your class in a room equipped with computers. However, if you own or decide to purchase a laptop computer you may want to bring it to class to take notes and work on assignments. All classrooms and lecture halls are currently wireless.
Would a laptop be a better purchase?
Laptop or Notebook computers make it easy to work anywhere, and offer benefits not present with a desktop. They save space in your dorm room and are easy to put away. You will also be able to access Cabrini's wireless network while on campus if you have a laptop. Keep in mind that because laptops are portable, there are risks associated with owning a laptop that do not exist with desktops.
How will I use the Internet?
Many Cabrini College courses make extensive use of the Internet to facilitate communication between students and faculty, to register for classes and obtain grades, for research, education and personal use. To aid this, Cabrini College expects that all students will be able to access the Internet. How you do so depends on whether you live on campus in a college-maintained space, or off campus.
What computer brands does Cabrini recommend?
Dell, Lenovo and Apple are among the many vendors that sell computers meeting Cabrini College's requirements. Cabrini prefers that you purchase these brands because you can depend on the quality of the goods and after-sale service that they offer. The higher-education contacts below offer special discounts for back-to-school purchases.
I've seen ads for low-priced and nearly free computers, such as netbooks. Why should I buy the systems Cabrini recommends?
The suggested systems have been configured to meet the standard of quality necessary for use throughout the Cabrini campus. Among other things, this means they are fast, have sufficient memory and storage space, and are capable of running the high-quality software used on campus. The same basic systems chassis could be configured with less memory and storage space, a slower processor, and poor quality monitor at a lower price but the trade-off may be inadequate performance and frequent repairs. Very often the low prices you see advertised are for machines with fewer features and limited support and warranty coverage. The offer of a free computer with the purchase of internet services may be very attractive but many times these computers are substandard and not supported by the manufacturer or the Internet provider. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Do I have to buy my computer from one of these vendors?
No, you do not. You may purchase your computer from any vendor. Those brands listed above are only recommendations.
Should I get an extended repair warranty for my new computer?
Yes, most computers sold today have the option to extend the manufacturer's hardware warranty. It is best to purchase this extended warranty when you are buying the computer system. Some computer vendors will not allow you to purchase an extended repair warranty after you have purchased the equipment. Some extended warranties offered are "on site" coverage and some are "carry in" hardware repair warranties. Before you buy the extended repair service contract check to make sure that there are computer repair companies near your residence that will honor the service contract once purchased. Cabrini College recommends The Computer Fixer computer repair or service. The Computer Fixer's phone number is 215-387-5900.
Shall I buy a computer now so I can get used to it before classes begin?
We encourage all students to familiarize themselves with their computers prior to the start of classes. Buying the computer system early will give you a head start on your academic studies.
Do I need a printer?
The college provides a limited number of printers, which you may use on campus. However, Cabrini College recommends that students purchase their own printers to ensure access at any time. Please note that we do not support wireless printers for security reasons. A good-quality printer can be purchased for about $100. Cabrini College's best experience has been printers from Lexmark, Hewlett-Packard, Canon, and Epson. Dell, Gateway and Apple can sell you a printer when you buy your computer. Please see Cabrini College's Printing Policy for more information.