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 - Wellesley College Current Students, Faculty, Staff

  • July 2014:  log in to MyWellesley > Administrativia > Software Store (or log in and go to the store)
  • Microsoft discount available at the online store
    • more about Office 365
    • July 2014-June 2015: includes free Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for students, which includes full access to MS Office online as well as mobile apps
    • faculty / staff may choose from more than one option, including an Office 365 A2 that includes Office online but not mobile apps
    • questions/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
  • Adobe discount for current faculty/staff also available at this online store
  • Adobe discount for students available directly from adobe.com; see also similar software that is free
  • Others may be able to get standard educational discount pricing from regular online shopping sites based on your Wellesley educational email address

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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