Mobile Computing Program (Laptops)

Need to make a last-minute laptop request?

The official deadline for ordering laptops for the Fall 2016 semester was Friday, July 15.  However, you may fill out and submit Mobile Computing's late laptop request form if you would still like to purchase one of this year's laptops and participate in the Mobile Computing Program.  


** Laptop Distribution Fall 2016 **

This year's student laptop distribution is scheduled to take place from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday, August 28, in the basement level of the Folsom Library. FRESHMEN will be notified as to when they are scheduled to show up at distribution; UPPERCLASSMEN OR TRANSFER STUDENTS who wish to participate in the 2016-2017 Mobile Computing Program may arrive at any time between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Important! - A photo ID is required to pick up your laptop. Your Rensselaer ID is preferred, but you may also show your driver's license, passport, or any other valid photo ID. Having your Rensselaer Identification Number (RIN) will also make this procedure easier. You will also need to bring your RCS userID and password with you.

For those students who are unable to pick up their laptop on Sunday, August 28, the Mobile Computing Program will also hold two small-scale distribution sessions in the VCC lobby during the first week of classes.  We'll post the dates for those two sessions as soon as we have them.

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 -- currently available for the T430, T430s, T440s, T450s, and W541 laptop models -- include Windows 10 Education and Office 2016.

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, Dell, 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.