Incoming students and their parents frequently ask for advice about what type of computer, if any, a student needs to take to college. Eastern Illinois University does not require students to bring personal computers to campus or to purchase computers once enrolled. While Eastern Illinois University offers access to computers through computer labs around campus, many students find that owning a computer is more convenient and enhances their academic experience.
For students who prefer to purchase a laptop computer, Eastern Illinois University makes recommendations for minimum specifications, which will be academically appropriate and compatible with the EIU network. Major computer manufacturers offer special educational promotions to Eastern Illinois University students. Links to these discounted offers are available from this web site and at the EIU Union Bookstore.