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SCI offers Apple and Dell student computers

Princeton's online student computer store is now open and taking orders for computers from the 2011-12 Student Computer Initiative (SCI) program. SCI computers are configured for academic use at the University, specially-priced for Princeton students, and fully supported on campus by Office of Information Technology technical staff.

The 2011-12 program offers four computer models: two Apple computers and two Dell computers. All computer models come with the latest Macintosh or Windows operating system (whichever applies) and a suite of software that is pre-installed onto the computers. Microsoft products come with a license from Microsoft that entitles SCI computer owners to no-cost license upgrades (with a media charge of $10.00 - $20.00) while they are enrolled students at Princeton. This includes MS Office and the Windows operating system for all computers, including Apple computers.  New to the program this year, iPad devices are being offered as a bundle option with Apple computer orders. 

Other notable benefits of the SCI program are the convenience of on-campus technical support and an inventory of SCI-specific computer software and hardware, and 3-year warranties that have been negotiated into the price of each computer.

A Math/Science/Engineering (MSE) software package is available as an add-on to any SCI computer, and comes pre-installed. The package includes Matlab, Mathematica, Java Development Kit (JDK), scientific word processors, to name a few. For a complete list of software included in the MSE software package, see the SCI website at

SCI computers can be purchased using a credit card, a student account, a loan through the Financial Aid Office, or with a Princeton Computer Installment Loan.

A University issued netID is required to purchase an SCI computer. All actively enrolled Princeton University students are eligible to purchase SCI computers.

To learn more about the SCI program and to order an SCI computer, go to Send questions about the SCI program to, or call the Help Desk at (609) 258-4357 to speak with a consultant.