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Laptop Purchase Resources

Software Purchase Resources

Student FAQs


Student FAQs

Where can I find information about buying a laptop?

The Learning Commons offers Laptop Purchase pages, which gather the information you need to get started on the purchase process. You'll find minimum hardware specifications, a discussion of the various types of machines available, online resources to rate currently available products, and a listing of what laptops are being used by the Learning Commons staff.

What kind of laptop should I buy?

Please consult your program before purchasing a laptop, as some departments have individual requirements or recommendations on platform (PC or Mac), specifications and size. If the department has no requirements, you are free to purchase whichever product fits your budget and your needs. See the Laptop Purchase pages at the Learning Commons for a discussion of the differences between products and platforms.

Will this laptop be used in all my classes?

While Fort Hays State University has a Mobile Teaching and Learning program firmly in place and supported throughout the institution's infrastructure, faculty are not required to use mobile teaching elements in every lecture. Some of your professors my use laptops in the classroom frequently while others may not. However, the laptop you purchase will ensure that you are able to keep abreast of the modern career marketplace, are able to complete assignments in all classes, and are able to take advantage of mobile learning opportunities when offered. FHSU has comprehensive wireless coverage to facilitate laptop use throughout the entire campus.

Do I have to purchase the laptop from a specific vendor?

FHSU does not have exclusive contracts with any vendors. You are free to work with whichever company or manufacturer you feel the most comfortable or whoever offers the best value for the product you decide to purchase. Unless otherwise specified by FHSU, vendor/student communications regarding purchase advice, repairs, upgrades, or other purchases and maintenance issues will occur solely between the vendor and the student. For a list of student discounts, please visit the Laptop Purchase pages at the Learning Commons.

Does the university get discounts on laptops?

A number of major companies offer student discounts to anyone currently enrolled at a university. For a list of student discounts, please visit the Laptop Purchase pages at the Learning Commons.

Where can I get my laptop fixed?

The Learning Commons provides limited troubleshooting assistance on hardware issues. For problems which require repair, the Learning Commons has a list of recommended businesses in Hays which can provide professional assistance in this area. However, FHSU takes no responsibility for the transaction between the student and repair business.

Can I borrow a laptop?

FHSU offers a limited number of short-term loan of laptops to students through the Learning Commons. These laptops can be borrowed for three days with the possibility of renewal for two additional three-day terms. However, as the number is limited and the service is popular, these laptops should not be used as a replacement for purchasing a laptop.

Do I need to purchase specific software for my laptop?

Please contact your department and review the syllabi for your classes for any specific software that might be required. As a minimum, we would recommend MS Office (or an open source alternative) and an anti-virus program. Before you purchase software from an outside vendor, visit the FHSU Software Center where you will find popular programs at deep discounts.

Does FHSU get discounts on software?

Yes! Visit our Software Center for up to 80% off on popular software like MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

If you have other questions not answered here, please contact the Learning Commons for more information.