Saint Mary's College and Lenovo

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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 recommends Lenovo 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 www.saintmarys.edu/resnet and refer to our Student’s Guide for Bringing a Computer to Saint Mary’s College.

Students who have computers with an unsupported operating system will be unable to receive technical assistance from ResNet. ResNet will assist students with the process of upgrading their computers’ operating systems to a supported version if it is possible. Computers with unsupported operating systems may not be able to connect to the BelleNet network in the residence halls, access Saint Mary’s e-mail, or use features of Google’s G Suite for Education.

Students requesting assistance from the ResNet Office must be present while their computers are being worked on.
 
During the 2019/2020 academic year, approximately 72% of students on ResNet had a Mac computer, and 28% 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 in the past 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 Lenovo 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 Pro, Windows 10 Home, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8. We do not support earlier versions of Windows, and 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.