Student Computer Purchase Recommendations

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 as they offer the best warranty support.

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 5680

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