Curious about bringing devices to campus? Or what the minimum requirements are? We've got you covered.
See also the FAQ page about software.
Can I bring a device to campus?
Yes! You can bring a computer, smartphone, tablet, e-reader, gaming console, printer - pretty much anything you need or want.
When considering peripheral devices such as printers, speakers, docks, external hard drives, etc., take residence hall desk space into account.
You may not want to bring a printer, since it takes up valuable desk space, and you get a print quota to use in the labs. If you do bring a personal printer, it should plug directly into your computer via USB connection. Wireless printing is not permitted on our network due to interference with the campus wi-fi network.
Can I connect it to wi-fi?
Do you offer any discounted or free softwarediscounts on hardware or equipment?
Yes! Office 365 is available free of charge to all students, faculty, and staff on up to five computers, five tablets, and five smartphones. If you choose to purchase Office for your personal computer, select version 2016 or newer for Windows or Mac.
Additionally, all students are provided with a lifetime Gmail@Valpo account, including full Google Drive functionality and unlimited space.
IT has collaborated with a few vendors to simplify taking advantage of educational discounts when purchasing equipment for personal use. You are not required to use these vendors; you may purchase any equipment you prefer. Discounted equipment purchases are available from these vendors, as well as others.
- Apple: apple.com/us-hed/shop
- CDW-G (discounts on a wide variety of brands): cdwg.com/valpo
- Dell: dell.com/dellu/valparaiso
- Lenovo: www3.lenovo.com/us/en/valpo/
CDW-G, one of our vendors, has put together a web portal to allow students to take advantage of consortium pricing when shopping for computers and accessories; the link is above.
Many computer manufacturers offer discounted pricing benefits to students, faculty, and staff at educational institutions. When you’re shopping, remember to ask if they offer an educational discount. Many do offer such discounts and do not require any special agreement with Valpo.
For additional assistance, contact the IT Help Desk.