New Student Technology Onboarding

Welcome to Fairfield University!

Please click on the links below to be directed to helpful articles that will assist you in getting started at Fairfield University.

Getting Started


Does Fairfield University supply computers?

Fairfield University does not supply computers, however we have negotiated discount pricing with HP and Apple. Click here to see purchase information

What kind of computer should I buy?

Fairfield has no specific requirements of what kind of computer you should buy. We recommend a minimum of 4 GB of RAM for computers and the latest version of the operating system.

What is better Apple or Windows?

There is no functional difference between Apple or Windows, it is a matter of personal preference.

What computer does my school recommend (i.e. School of Business?)

A recommended list is below, but we recommend checking with your program director for up-to-date information.

  • Dolan School of Business: Windows (Business Standard)
  • School of Engineering: Windows
  • Media: Mac

Will I get a discount if I buy through Fairfield University?

Yes, more information can be found on the page Fairfield University Buy-A-Computer.

When will I receive my computer?

Please check with the vendor that you bought it from. We recommend having your computer shipped to your home and discourage shipping directly to campus.

If I buy an iPad, do I also need a computer?

This is a matter of personal preference, however an iPad may not be a functional replacement for a computer depending on the applications and functionality needed for your program.

Does Fairfield University have a loaner program?

Fairfield generally does not provide loaner computer for students.  Instead, it is recommended that lab computers are used. Labs are located throughout campus.

Should I buy the warranty?

Fairfield recommends purchasing an extended manufacturer warranty. The accidental protection plan is strongly recommended as it covers damage done by the user (i.e. spilled water, dropped, cracked screen, etc.). Apple does not provide accidental insurance, but look on website for two vendors that do. (SquareTrade, National Student Service)

Contact the ITS Help Desk in the Library Room 230 or at (203) 254-4069 for assistance.