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Personal Purchases

For personal computers, faculty, staff, and students can get educational pricing through Apple or Dell. 

Minimum Hardware Configurations

Please see Recommended Computers for advice on minimum system configurations.

Departmental Purchases

Departmental purchases must be made through ITS.  To request a purchase, go to the ITS Service Catalog and complete the appropriate form.  You'll receive a quote before the order is placed.  The form will collect all the required information, list product features, include options for peripherals, and offer a space to ask questions.  Once submitted, your request will be routed to IT Purchasing. 

For non-standard Apple computer configurations, you can log into the Apple Store, select your system, and create a proposal to submit to ITS.

  • The order proposal cannot be modified once you receive confirmation.
  • The price you receive is your final cost. There are no additional departmental discounts.
  • Once your order is placed with Apple computer, it cannot be canceled or changed.  All sales are final.

Computer Replacement Cycle

Departments have the option of adding a computer to the four-year replacement cycle at the time of purchase.  Once added, the computer will be automatically replaced by ITS.  If not added to the replacement cycle, the department is responsible for purchasing a replacement computer.  ITS recommends replacing a computer every four years, to ensure optimal performance and compatibility with software applications.  For more details about the four-year replacement cycle go to https://www.swarthmore.edu/its/office-computer-replacement.

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