Dell Computer

Computer Recommendations for Personal Purchases

If you are purchasing a new computer, visit to view options in our online Apple and Dell stores. Purchasing from our site provides you with a discount and also helps UNCW. Currently, we find approximately half of students purchase an Apple and half purchase a Windows computer. We suggest checking with the department in which you will be majoring to see if they have a recommendation.

Specialty Software
If you plan to purchase an Apple computer, please be aware that there is software that you may need that is only developed for Windows computers (e.g., Microsoft Access, some business applications). Some programs won’t run on a Mac. For these situations, UNCW has HorizonAlso, the Learning Commons in Randall library has computer stations available with Windows, and TAC Repairs has laptop rentals.

Microsoft Office
Current faculty, staff and students can download Microsoft Office for free. More details.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Current students have access to Adobe Creative Cloud for free. There are also a limited number of licenses available to faculty/staff. More details.

It is imperative that you install an antivirus program on your Windows and/or Mac computer. ITS recommends software on our Antivirus website.

Minimum Recommendations

If you are bringing an older computer to campus, the minimum recommendation for Windows machines is Windows 10. The minimum recommendation for Mac computers is Sierra 10.12. It is not recommended that you use a system older than these.