Student Computer Purchase Recommendations AY23-24

What to Buy

OIT recommends that all students purchase an Apple or Dell laptop with a three or four year warranty for their time at Princeton.

Apple and Dell models may be purchased directly from the manufacturer or other retail suppliers. Princeton does not offer a purchase program for students.

Apple Education Pricing and Student Discounts:

Dell Student Discounts Laptops for College:

Humanities Recommended Models

Apple MacBook Pro 14”

Dell XPS 13

Math, Science, Engineering Recommended Model

Apple MacBook Pro 14”

Apple MacBook Pro 16”

Dell Precision 5570

Financial Aid/ Outside Scholarship

If you are an undergraduate student receiving need-based financial aid from Princeton please read Undergraduate Financial Aid Computer Purchases. Contact for details specific to your situation.


With a Princeton student netID students receive a Google Drive and Gmail account, as well as a Microsoft 365 license. 

Additional software may be purchased through the Princeton Software Center

Graduate Students

We recommend that graduate students speak with their faculty advisor and/or departmental IT prior to purchasing a computer.  But we do recommend the following models as the basic starting point.

Apple MacBook Pro 16”

Dell Precision 5570