Personal Technology Purchases
Personal Hardware Purchases
Loyola University Chicago does not require students to have a personal computer. However, it is recommended. Whether you purchase a desktop or a laptop computer, it is important to balance quality and performance with cost.
Most computer manufacturers (including Lenovo and Apple) allow you to choose the components in your computer. While this freedom to choose is good, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the variety of options and components that are available. Loyola's ITS staff have system configuration recommendations that you can use when considering your next desktop or laptop purchase. You may also find the following site helpful in making technology purchases, from mobile to desktop, laptop, printers and tablets: CNET Reviews
Note: Information Technology Services does not provide repair or diagnostic service for personally owned computers. The ITS Help Desk is able to provide limited technical support to students connecting to University resources and assist them in resolving computer related issues. Please visit the ITS Help Desk for more information.
Personal Software Purchases
For word processing and other productivity applications, Loyola University Chicago uses the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Current students, faculty or staff, have the ability to not only access Office365, but also full desktop and mobile applications and are able to install on up to five PCs or Macs, tablets or phones for free. Visit this site for more information. Students, faculty and staff can purchase Adobe products and other software at Academic Pricing through Varsity Buys.
Personal Mobile Purchases—Faculty and Staff
Loyola negotiated discounts with AT&T (If you are an existing AT&T customer, see link below), Sprint and Verizon for discounts on personal devices and plans for Loyola faculty and staff. For Verizon discount, please click on the Validate by Paystub link.
Personal Mobile Purchases—Student
If you are already an AT&T customer and could like to get the discount:
Access the link below and click register for discounts. Enter your cell phone number and e-mail address. The employee or student is required to be the primary line on the account for the validation process. The discount is available to AT&T customers who are using AT&T Wireless postpaid offers. If you don't have a Loyola e-mail address, go to your AT&T Corporate retail store. Existing Customer
Whenever possible, Loyola purchases only Energy Star certified equipment and makes every attempt to choose EPEAT silver or gold-certified desktops, laptops, printers and monitors. We encourage all Loyola students, staff and faculty to consider sustainable information technology equipment.