Mobile Computing Program (Laptops)

MCP Now Accepting Laptop Orders for Spring Semester

If you'll be coming to Rensselaer in January for the Spring 2016 semester and are interested in participating in the Mobile Computing Program, two Lenovo laptop models -- the standard T450s or the workstation model W541 -- are available for purchase. Students who are already on campus but who may still be interested in purchasing the Fall 2015 MCP package are also welcome to place their orders.

Start by checking out the laptop spec listings for more information, then contact the Mobile Computing Team via e-mail or call (518) 276-3838. Whichever laptop you choose and however you contact us, we strongly encourage you to place your order by Monday, December 21 to ensure that your laptop will be available in time for the start of the spring semester.

Laptops will be available for pickup from the VCC Help Desk when students arrive on campus for the start of the Spring 2016 semester.


Why We've Gone Mobile

Using a Laptop All undergraduates are required to have a laptop computer that meets Rensselaer specifications, and laptops are now used in nearly every class.  Wireless connectivity is also available in every classroom.

MBA and MS students in the Lally School of Management and Technology are also required to have laptop computers. All matriculated students -- both undergraduate and graduates, regardless of school -- may participate in the Mobile Computing Program.

You can connect your laptop computer to the network in the more than 50 classrooms around the campus, using both wired and wireless connections.

In addition, every residence hall room includes network access for each resident at no additional charge, and most campus locations, including the residence halls, offer wireless connectivity.

An Important Update Regarding Windows 10

Microsoft has recently released a major upgrade to its Windows operating system. In conjunction with other schools and departments, DotCIO is currently working to validate that Rensselaer's campus software and services function properly with this new operating system. As a result, at this time, the Mobile Computing team recommends that users hold off on upgrading until this process is complete.

We plan to have a Windows 10 laptop image available to Mobile Computing Program participants in January 2016.

DotCIO public lab and classroom machines will not be upgraded to Windows 10 for the Fall semester.

If you still choose to upgrade your computer to the new operating system at this time, we strongly encourage you to back up your important data before beginning.


The Mobile Computing Program

The Mobile Computing Program offers a complete laptop package including a state-of-the-art ThinkPad that arrives pre-loaded with powerful software packages that many students require for their coursework, and which is also specially configured for easy connection to the Rensselaer network. Students also receive help configuring their new laptops right out of the box, so they're ready for their classes from Day One. What's more, the Mobile Computing package includes on-campus support for both hardware and software.

In short, through its partnership with Lenovo and leading software companies, the Mobile Computing Program is able to offer this laptop package at a substantially discounted purchase price. You will receive the greatest value for your dollar, as well as the on-campus repair and consulting facilities to help you get the most out of your laptop!

If you have questions about the program, please refer to the Frequently-Asked Questions portion of this website; you may also contact the Mobile Computing Team via e-mail or call (518) 276-3838.