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Computer Purchasing for Education

Need a computer? Take advantage of being a member of the University community by getting an educational discount on a Dell or Apple computer, printer, and accessories.

Student Purchases: Purchase a Dell or Apple computer at student educational prices. Check with your college or major for any specific computer and operating system requirements. See below for computer system recommendations from University Technology Services.

Faculty and Staff: Personal computer purchases from Dell or Apple may be made at educational discount pricing.

College and departmental purchases: These can be made through Dell online Education stores, Apple online institutional store, or the UTS Service Desk at (803) 777-1800. Orders can also be done through other State contract vendors if available. Institutional purchases must go through the appropriate University procurement procedures.

Educational Software pricing is also available through UTS Software Distribution.


Apple Computers

Online Store for Education Institutions

The Apple Online Store for Education Institutions makes it even easier to do business with Apple by delivering a number of efficiencies and benefits through all stages of online purchasing. The steps below will help you register for access or update your current access to the Apple Online Store for Education.

Steps to Register with a New or Existing Institution Apple ID

  1. Log onto the registration site at https://myaccess.apple.com.
  2. If you have an existing Apple ID, please "Sign In."
  3. If you don't have an Institution Apple ID, select "Sign Up" to create one
    3.1. Complete the identification fields; enter the security text presented; click "Next"
    3.2. A validation key is sent to your email; copy and paste the key from your email into the validation field; click "Continue"
    3.3. Select "Continue" on the Primary Location Selection page
  4. Enter school name or account number and click the blue "Search" button
  5. Select the correct school location and click "Next"
  6. Agree to Terms of Service
  7. If you have not recently updated your Apple ID, you may be prompted for security questions; enter
    your date of birth and optional rescue email address, click "Next"
  8. Choose your "Role" for Apple Online Store access as "Purchaser", "Proposer" or "Returns Specialist"
  9. Enter your manager or supervisor's name, email address, phone number; click "Next"
  10. Review and confirm your information, click "Submit" to complete the registration process

Steps to Add a Location

If you need to create proposals, make purchases or request returns for more than one Apple
account, please follow these steps to add those account locations.

  1. Log onto the registration site at https://myaccess.apple.com
  2. Select the "Applications" tab on left side of page; click the blue "Request Access" button on the right
  3. Select "Apple Online Store" application; click "Next"
  4. Click the blue "Add Location" button at top left of pane
  5. Enter school name or account number and country; click the blue "Search" button
  6. Place checkmark next to the correct school location; click "Add location"
  7. Place checkmark next to the selected location; select the Role at right as "Purchaser," "Proposer" or
    "Returns Specialist;" click "Next"
  8. Update manager or supervisor contact information if needed, click "Next"
  9. Review the information; click "Submit", then "Close" to complete the process

Validation Process

You will receive an in process notification email, followed by a welcome letter. Once you have received your welcome letter, you are ready to shop, create proposals or request a return. Visit https://ecommerce.apple.com, select your country, and log in to the Apple Store for Education.

Support

If you encounter any registration issues, please send an email to user.support@apple.com, or call our dedicated support team at 1-800-800-2775, option 4 then 1, for assistance.

Apple


Dell Computers

Dell computers, printers, and accessories can be purchased at educational discounts directly from Dell at www.dell.com/usc or 1-800-695-8133. When purchasing from Dell, use the USC Member ID US11129897 to get your discount.


UTS recommends a 3-year In-Home warranty which will serve you through most of your college years, and give you access to full Dell Support.

DELL

Computer System Recommendations

The following are the minimum computer recommendations for computers connecting to the university network:

Macintosh
2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
4 GB RAM
250 GB Hard Drive
OS X 10.7 (Lion)
Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on all new models, except MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display)
802.11b/g/n on laptops (802.11n standard on all new models)
AppleCare Protection Plan
Bag to protect laptop, if applicable
120 GB Backup Storage

Windows
2.0 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
4 GB RAM
250 GB Hard Drive
Windows 7 or Windows 8
CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on most models)
802.11b/g/n on laptops (Standard on most models)
Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of computer (Note: The 3 Year Enhanced Support plan is recommended for Dell systems.)
Bag to protect laptop, if applicable
120 GB Backup Storage

 
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