Saint Mary's College and HP

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Our updated recommendations are available annually in July when new products and Back-to-School sales specials are announced.

Saint Mary's College is recommends HP computers for our students, faculty, and staff who choose to use Microsoft Windows 

If you chose to buy a new computer that is not one of our recommended models, ResNet strongly recommends purchasing a computer that already has a supported operating system installed. For more information on our supported operating systems, please visit the ResNet website at and refer to our Student’s Guide for Bringing a Computer to Saint Mary’s College.

Students who request assistance with their personal computers from the ResNet Office must have a supported operating system installed, or they will be required to upgrade their systems. Not all computers that are sold with an unsupported operating system can be upgraded to a supported operating system. Students requesting assistance from the ResNet Office must be present while their computers are being worked on (including upgrades). 
During the 2018/2019 academic year, approximately 70% of students on ResNet had a Mac computer, and 30% had a computer running Windows. The decision to purchase a Mac or a Windows computer is a personal one. Regardless of major, Saint Mary's students will be exposed to both computer platforms while they are on campus.

We have had students purchase particular models of computers because they were available in their favorite color, but the color of a computer does not ensure that the computer will actually meet a student’s needs. Please ensure that the computer meets all our computer specifications first, including a supported operating system, before considering a computer’s color. ResNet’s specific computer recommendations for current Apple and HP computer models will likely not match a student’s favorite color, but selecting a colorful laptop case will give a student an opportunity to display her personal style and still have a computer that will meet her needs.
Saint Mary's College recommends and supports Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Professional Edition, and Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Saint Mary's College does not support Windows 7 Home Basic Edition, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, Windows Vista (any version), and Windows XP (any version). We also do not support Google Chrome OS (Chromebooks).

Please note that Saint Mary's College provides Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students for free to our students. Office 365 ProPlus offers full versions of current Microsoft Office software that can be downloaded and installed on students' personally-owned Mac OS X and Windows computers. Versions of Office for mobile devices are also included with Office 365 ProPlus. After a license has been assigned, a Saint Mary’s student can install Office 365 ProPlus software on up to five personally-owned computers and five personally-owned mobile devices. There are no monthly subscription fees associated with the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students license. Students must show their Saint Mary's ID card to verify their eligibility for this program and sign an agreement to obtain the license. The software can then be downloaded directly from Microsoft. We do not recommend purchasing this software elsewhere.