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Guidelines for Departmental Computer Purchases

Each Spring the University asks departments to submit budget requests for permanent equipment. Academic equipment (including computers) are evaluated by the office of the Associate Provost. The Associate Provost reviews these requests following defined guidelines for upgrading and replacing faculty computers. Requests for administrative equipment are evaluated by the CIO.

Budget requests for permanent equipment can be made at

Recommended Computer Equipment and Pricing for Budget Planning

  • Windows Systems
    • Dell Desktop PC - 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, with single 23" LCD Monitor, 3 year warranty - $1,000
    • Dell Laptop - 14" Screen, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, WiFi, camera, 3 year warranty - $1,000
  • Accessories
    • Dell 24" Monitor - $195
    • Dual Monitor Stand - $80
    • Extra Laptop Power Adapter - $75
    • Wireless Keyboard/Mouse - $60
    • Dock for use with external monitor and accessories - $200
    • Laptop Bag - $50
  • Software
    • Standard software such as web browsers and virus/spyware protection are provided by IT Services
    • Campus agreements are in place for the following, so no need to purchase these!: 
      • Google Apps
      • Microsoft Office
      • Adobe Creative Cloud (including Acrobat)
      • Zoom
      • Wolfram Mathematica
      • SPSS
      • Qualtrics
      • LinkedIn Learning
      • many discipline-specific applications
  • Printers
    • Strongly consider printing to a shared network printer/copier before requesting a printer. Printer requests will be carefully reviewed.

Illinois Wesleyan is encouraging the use of standard Dell computers so we can better manage cost and security compliance issues. If you have special technology needs not met by these systems please contact us and we can help find academic pricing for your specific request.

Please note: All old computers and printers being replaced by new equipment must be returned to Information Technology Services (ITS) unless a request to retain the computer as a repurposed system has been specifically approved by either the Associate Provost (for academic equipment) or the CIO (for administrative equipment.)

If you need additional assistance, please call the IT Services Help Desk (309-556-3900), e-mail (, or use the online support request form