“Things To Do in Preparation for the Fall…”
What kind of computer should I bring or buy?
Every year, incoming students (and their parents) ask us what we recommend students bring to campus for computing. Mac or PC? Desktop, Laptop, Notebook, Tablet?
Our answer is always the same: It depends!
Pretty much any computer you can purchase today (yes, even the least expensive models) will be adequate for students to perform everyday computing tasks: email, word processing, internet browsing, and accessing course materials (via Blackboard). The tougher questions about brands, operating system (MacOS, Windows, Android, Chrome OD, etc.), and form factor (netbook/notebook/desktop), can only be answered based on the traits of the individual student.
Which academic area will the student be entering? If the answer is Fine Arts, there is a good chance that a Mac notebook will serve the student well. Conversely, a business student might want a PC for compatibility reasons.
For a list of basic suggested computer specifications, click here.
Are there any discounts available through the school?
Here at SUNY New Paltz, we do not recommend one brand or retailer over another. There are many manufacturers and purchase sites that offer student rates–Apple, Dell, and UBMicro, to name a few. We even suggest that students and families check their local Sunday newspaper fliers, which often contain excellent deals from local electronics retailers.
How can I connect on campus?
Click here for a list of wireless access points across campus.
Students will use a standard (wired) Ethernet connection in the dorms. Note: Students with triples will need to borrow a hub from the Student Help Desk.
Will I need to purchase an antivirus program for my computer?
No. Norton™s Symantec Antiviurs is PROVIDED free for all students, faculty, and staff. Please visit the Symantec download page to get your copy.
How will I connect to various computer services at New Paltz?
To connect to the internet, email, courses (Blackboard), and many other services, students use their New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID). For more information on the NPCUID and password, click here.