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SCI: Student Computer Initiative


The Student Computer Initiative (SCI) is a program that offers laptop computers that are specially configured for academic use at Princeton University, specially priced for Princeton students, and expertly supported by Office of Information Technology staff. The most notable benefits of an SCI computer are the convenience of on-campus technical support , the pre-installed software and Princeton-specific configuration, and the warranties negotiated in the price of each computer.

Technical Architecture

SCI is a custom application written in Perl running on Apache with Oracle.

Who should request access

Current Princeton University students.

System Requirements

Firefox and/or Internet Explorer 8/9.


If you have questions, feel free to send e-mail to or call the OIT Support and Operations Center at (609) 258-4357 (258-HELP) to speak with a consultant.  Consultants are available around the clock, seven days a week.

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