Mobile Computing Program (Laptops)

Ready to order your laptop?

The Mobile Computing team is now accepting student orders for the Fall 2016 laptops!

We request that you please notify us of your decision by Friday, July 15. Any laptops orders that are submitted after that date will be filled, but may not be available in time for distribution on Sunday, August 28.

To place your order, here's all you need to do:

  • Log in to the Student Information System using your nine-digit Rensselaer ID Number (RIN) and your PIN, which is your date of birth in MMDDYY format. (RECOMMENDED BROWSERS for accessing SIS: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.)
  • From the Student Menu listing that appears, click on the Laptop Order Form option. A personalized page containing specific ordering instructions will appear.
  • Click on the Select Laptop drop-down menu.
  • If you wish to participate in the Mobile Computing Program, start by choosing the laptop model you wish to order: either the Lenovo T460s Ultrabook or the Dell XPS 15 mobile workstation. (Please refer to the Mobile Computing Program’s spec listings for both laptops.)
  • Click on the Submit button to place your laptop order.
  • If you choose to decline our laptop offer, select the Decline option, and click the Submit button.

An e-mail message will be sent to your Rensselaer e-mail account to confirm your order decision.

Some important reminders

Once you initially order your laptop, you still have the ability to go back and change your selections. However, you can ultimately only order ONE laptop; your most recent order will replace/overwrite any other previous orders you may have submitted. If you decide to cancel your laptop order altogether, the system will prompt you to supply a reason.

Windows 10 Images Now Available for Mobile Computing Participants

The Mobile Computing team is pleased to announce that Windows 10 base images are now available at the VCC Help Desk for students participating in Rensselaer's Mobile Computing Program.

The images -- which are currently available for the T430, T430s, T450s, and W541 laptop models -- include Windows 10 Education and Office 2016.   The Windows 10 base image for the T440s is temporarily unavailable while members of the Mobile Computing staff work to resolve a problem with that laptop’s image.

As with all images at the Help Desk, these are not upgrades but full installs. Since all existing software and data will be overwritten upon installation, all Mobile Computing participants are encouraged to please back up all of their pertinent information prior to imaging their laptops.

These images are made available for students who would like to try Microsoft's latest operating system and Office products. Keep in mind, however, that as with most new software products, there may be unforeseen compatibility issues with other software packages.


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.