Purchasing a Laptop

Information on purchasing a Clemson laptop.

See the detailed specifications, prices and purchasing information here for the 2020-2021 recommended student laptops.

Preferred Laptops by Major

Many departments have indicated a preference for particular laptops for a major course of study.  Check our Preferred Laptops by Major list for your major or talk with your advisor to determine an appropriate laptop for you. 

  • One Dell “entry level” laptop (Latitude 3410)
  • One Dell “mainstream” laptop (Latitude 7410)
  • One Dell “high-end” laptop (Precision 5540)
  • One Dell “Convertible” laptop (Latitude 7400 2-in-1)
  • One Lenovo  “entry level” laptop (ThinkPad L13)
  • One Lenovo “mainstream” laptops (ThinkPad T14 Gen 1)
  • One Lenovo “high-end” laptop (ThinkPad P1 Gen 2)
  • One Lenovo “convertible” laptop (ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 1)
  • One Apple “low-cost” laptop (13″ MacBook Pro)
  • One Apple “mainstream” laptop (13″ MacBook Pro)
  • Two Apple “high-end” laptops (16″ MacBook Pro)
  • One Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Note: Due to the pandemic, there will be no Clemson software pre-installed on laptops for Fall 2020. Also due to the pandemic, there will be no in person laptop workshops in Fall 2020. However, there are detailed videos on setting up a laptop for Clemson available.  To install needed software, updates, and configure laptop for use at Clemson click here for Windows laptops or click here for Apple laptops.

Note: All laptops must include an Ethernet port or an Ethernet dongle to receive support in the CCIT Support Center.

Employees: Go to Clemson’s BuyWays for departmental purchases. Personal purchases can be made through the links below.

Vendor links for Students & Individuals

Click here for links to vendor websites.

For more information about purchasing insurance for your laptop (including Safeware) contact the Clemson Computer Store.

Purchasing  FAQs

Do I need a laptop?

All undergraduates are required to own a laptop. You may not substitute a desktop computer. MBA students also have a laptop requirement.

What about Tablets?
Chromebooks and iPads are not a viable option as your primary laptop. Support for these devices is extremely limited and consists only of setting up the wireless configuration and installing anti-virus software as required.

I am entering in a particular major. Would one laptop be better for me than another?
You should check with your department for specifics. Remember – many students change their major. Check our Preferred Laptops by Major list.

Why buy the Clemson recommended laptop?
There are several important reasons for purchasing the recommended laptop outlined here.

When should I buy a laptop?
We recommend ordering by the end of July to be certain of delivery to your home before you leave for Clemson. (If you are trying to time it to be paid for with a financial aid reimbursement, it is okay to wait until the end of July.)

Can I have my laptop delivered to Clemson?
No, the Clemson University Post Office will not accept laptop deliveries. We recommend ordering your laptop by the end of July to ensure delivery to your home before you leave for Clemson.

Can I use scholarship money or financial aid to buy a laptop?
Yes, the cost of the laptop is considered in the financial aid calculation. The cost of a laptop is automatically included in the cost of attendance for all entering freshmen, and can be included for upperclassmen and graduate students upon request (a receipt may be required). The cost of attendance is used to determine the maximum amount of financial aid for which a student is eligible. Students who apply for aid (typically private or PLUS loans) in excess of direct costs up to the cost of attendance will receive a refund check for the laptop. Some parents order the laptop in late July or early August so it will arrive before classes begin – and then pay the credit card bill with the reimbursement check at the end of the month.

Is there a payment plan?
Most vendors offer payment plans. Call the vendor or visit their web page for information.

I just received my laptop and can’t get past the login screen!
The login screen says user: student and no password or the password “tiger5” without the quotes. Do not try to change the user name from the login screen.


If you have more questions, email ITHELP@clemson.edu or call 864-656-3494. 

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