Computing Purchases

Purchases with College Funds

The  Hardware Replacement Policy outlines the College-owned computer replacement cycle.  Please see the latest hardware configurations for more information on standard models and options for upgrades.

Faculty/staff: please use this form to order computing hardware or software for your department.


Purchases for Personal Use: Educational Stores for Faculty, Staff, Students

Through agreements with various vendors, Wellesley College is able to make the following discounts available for personal purchases by faculty, staff, and students.  Other software is available at no cost according to campus licenses.

Microsoft & Adobe Software
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Wellesley College does not specifically recommend any one brand of notebook or desktop computer. However, the computer manufacturers listed below are currently used by Wellesley College for our computing needs and our support staff are experts at supporting these products. Additionally, these manufacturers provide academic discounts that Wellesley College students, faculty and staff may want to take advantage of. These discounts are, in general, not specific to Wellesley College. Students should review the Wellesley College Student's  Guide to Purchasing a Computer (PDF) before placing an order.

Apple Computers

  • Faculty, staff and students (including entering students) can order online and customize you personal purchases. 
  • Computers ordered from Apple will be delivered directly to your home, office or to the College post office.

Lenovo Computers

  • Wellesley College faculty, staff and students (including entering students) may order from our Lenovo discount order site.
  • Our standard on campus as of Spring 2013 is Windows 7 64-Bit for ThinkPads and desktops.

Microsoft & Adobe Software Option 1 - Wellesley College Students, Faculty, Staff

  • Microsoft discount available at the online store
    • available to our students, faculty, and staff
    • problems? Help link at top of store's page; at bottom of help page is Contact Us link
    • shipping only allowed to addresses in United States
    • only latest versions available (currently Office 365, which includes the latest version of Word, Excel, etc)
    • July 2014: to shop: log in to MyWellesley, then look for Software Store or go to the store
    • July 2014: this online store includes free Microsoft Office for students only
  • Adobe discount (most recent versions only) available directly from adobe.com; see also similar software that is free

Microsoft Office & Adobe Software Option 2 - Current Wellesley College Faculty, Staff

Microsoft Office and Adobe suite software are available at a very low cost to faculty and staff currently employed by Wellesley College.

  • These Home Use Programs use the College's site license for the software
  • You do not own the software yourself but are buying permission to use the campus license at home
  • You may only purchase one copy, for one computer
  • If you leave the College's employment, you are required to remove this software from your personal computer (this includes retiring faculty and staff, including faculty emeriti and President's Club members, since this license only covers those who are on the College's payroll)
  • You download the software to your personal computer and install it yourself; for MS Office you'll do this using the information you are sent via email

Interested? Current faculty and staff, for your personally-owned computer:

Licensed Software Available at No Cost

Other Software

Please see Wellesley's lists of supported software for Windows and Macintosh operating systems that are available free of charge.

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