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Why buy my computer through SCI?

The Student Computer Initiative (SCI) provides Princeton students with aggressively priced, highly capable computers to facilitate academic work. The program is open to all Princeton students. The University encourages students to consider purchasing one of the SCI computer offerings.

OIT assistance and support
The OIT Help Desk, Student Technology Consultants (STC), OIT Solutions Center, and OIT Hardware Support staff are available to help with your SCI hardware and software needs. OIT Hardware Support is also an authorized warranty service provider for all SCI computer models.

3-year warranty
All models include a 3-year warranty. Dell models include Complete Care - a plan that covers repair costs due to accidental damage. 

Pre-installed and pre-configured software
SCI computers come with University recommended software pre-installed. Dell laptops have enabled the integrated Windows Defender antivirus software. There is no pre-installed antivirus on the Apple laptops. Princeton strongly recommends that students with Apple laptops choose an antivirus software and install it. A list of the SCI software is available on this site.

Network-ready with wireless technology
SCI computers are pre-registered for access to the Princeton network and network resources. SCI computers also include built-in wireless for accessing the network in OIT wireless zones, including your dorm room! For more information about Dormnet, Princeton's residential network, go to NOTE: Pre-registration is only available for your first device on the network. If this is not the first device registered for the network, registration will need to be done manually when the laptop arrives.

Attractive pricing with several payment options
Computer prices are negotiated specifically for Princeton University students and can be paid for using a student account, a loan through the Financial Aid Office, or with a Princeton Computer Installment Loan. Additional payment information is available on this site.

Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 Proplus may be downloaded and installed at no additional fee. Information is available at:

Software for Math, Science, and Engineering students
As an add-on option, students can order their SCI computers with Math, Science, and Engineering software including Matlab, Mathematica, and a scientific word processor. S-Plus is also included on Windows computers.

Computer loaner program
If a repair is required, loaner computers are available on a first come, first served basis to SCI customers. The loaner program is coordinated through the OIT Solutions Center in Frist Campus Center (

Back Up Important Files: It is critical that students back up important files to ensure against data loss. Unlimited quota is available for every student on Google Drive ( The OIT Store in Room 113 of the Frist Campus Center sells 1 TB external drives for $58 plus tax.