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The Faculty Computer Program (FCP)

The University aims to encourage a common platform for electronic communications and core applications through the Faculty Computer Program (FCP), as well as other computer acquisition programs like DeSC and the Student Computer Initiative.

The goal of the program is to make computer equipment available to all of our faculty as an aid to teaching and scholarship, and to provide incentives towards standardization that will facilitate common software and networking protocols. The criteria for eligibility for the program are outlined here.

In place since 1996 and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Faculty Computer Program refreshes the computer technology for full professors, associate professors, research scholars, senior research scholars, senior lecturers and instructors. The FCP computer refresh cycle is every four years. Eligible faculty may participate by choosing  an FCP computer model (Dell OptiPlex desktop, Dell  Latitude laptop, Apple iMac desktop, Apple MacBook Pro laptop, or a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet) every four years and following the setup criteria outlined on

As of April 18, 2011 all FCP laptops must be encrypted using the Princeton Encryption Service.  For more information about Princeton Encryption Service, please see

As of February 2013, the installation of the KACE and ePO agents are required on all FCP computers.

OIT administers the Faculty Computer Program and maintains the historical data regarding eligible faculty and computer purchases.