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Technology Recommendations

St. Norbert College students, faculty, and staff may wish to purchase hardware or software for personal use. These links direct you to resources for computers and software that we recommend. While some may offer discounts, we always recommend that you shop around for the best deal.


These are some links to companies who offer laptops that fit our recommended specs for student laptops. While we have no arrangements for special pricing, sometimes companies may offer discounts or deals for college students and employees.

  • Apple (login with your six-letter SNC ID to access the store)
  • CDW-G (device searches per our recommendations):
  • Newegg (device search per our recommendations):

You can certainly purchase laptops from many vendors, the above links simply show examples of computers with specifications that we recommend. You may also wish to visit the St. Norbert College Bookstore. We suggest you shop around for the best specifications and pricing.

You may also be interested in this article written by one of our students. She offers an interesting perspective with tips to help you make your choice.


In addition to a laptop, we recommend bringing the following accessories:

  • An HDMI cable (with appropriate adapter for your laptop), allows you to share your screen on a larger display in classrooms and other learning spaces. This can also be done wirelessly via AirPlay on a Mac or with AirParrot on a Windows laptop.

Although less common, you may also find the following accessories helpful. The availability of cloud storage using Google Drive makes some of these less necessary.

  • USB drive(s) (a.k.a. "thumb" or "flash" drives), to save papers and class projects.
  • External hard drive, to save coursework as well as to perform full system backups (Mac: Time Machine; Windows: Backup & Restore)

Sales Tax Holiday

Many states offer a "holiday" from sales tax during the summer to help families as they make purchases for school. While this usually applies to traditional school supplies, some states will include the purchase of computers. We recommend that you check to see if your state also offers a sales tax holiday.

Devices, gadgets, dongles, etc.

We often receive questions about what kinds of gadgets and devices to purchase for various uses. While the ITS Service Desk does not offer a supply of these items for the campus, we are happy to offer suggestions, based on our own experience, to help you make a purchase. Here's a link to a special SNC page at CDW-G, where you can purchase items using your own personal (or department) account:

Additionally, here are some lists that we maintain at Amazon which include links to products that we recommend:

If you'd like to talk with us about a specific recommendation for your need, let us know. And if you have an idea for a new product that would be helpful to add to our lists, please share that as well.


  • G Suite - not a program to download; all SNC students, faculty, and staff automatically have access; start by logging into your Gmail account
  • Microsoft Office 365 - free for all SNC students, faculty, and staff; install on up to 5 devices; student license is valid from freshman orientation through graduation

Staff/Faculty Purchasing College-Owned Equipment

  • If you're purchasing a computer or similar device that will be owned by the college (no matter who pays for it), you must make that purchase through ITS and not via the links on this page. Please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance.
  • If, however, you're purchasing accessories like webcams, dongles, etc., feel free to purchase these on your own using the resources on this page.
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