Mobile Computing Program (Laptops)

Rensselaer's Mobile Computing team has begun fine-tuning the details for the Fall 2014 computing package, and is now focusing its attention on a lightweight, state-of-the-art device as this year's laptop choice. The team plans to make a final decision within the next few weeks, so continue to check this website from time to time for the latest updates.

In the meantime, the Mobile Computing team sends a special thank-you to the students and their families who stopped by to inquire about the program during this year's Accepted Students Day. We truly appreciate your interest and look forward to seeing you in the fall!

As always, please feel free to direct your questions and comments to the Mobile Computing team.

Some things to keep in mind…

  • All incoming freshmen will receive a welcome letter, mailed to their home/permanent address, by mid-June.
  • Around the same time, all incoming freshmen will receive additional information about the Mobile Computing Program via e-mail, with notifications to be sent to each student’s RPI e-mail address as well as their e-mail address currently on file with Rensselaer’s Admissions Office.
  • On-line ordering for the Fall 2014 Mobile Computing Package will be available via a link from this website by Monday, June 16.

Interested in a T430s?

The Mobile Computing Program currently has about 20 T430s laptops left in stock, so be sure to pick up yours while supplies last!  Ordering information is available from the Acquiring Your Laptop section of this website.

Three Windows 8.1 Images Now Available

As of Wednesdsay, December 4, 2013, Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) images are available for the T430s, T430, and T410 MCP laptop models, and  MCP participants may obtain the new Windows images from the VCC Help Desk.  The Mobile Computing team is still working to complete the Windows 8.1 image for the T420 laptops and will make it available as soon as possible.


Why We've Gone Mobile

Using a Laptop All undergraduates are required to have a laptop computer that meets Rensselaer specifications. The laptop computers are currently used in Math, Computer Science, Physics, Introduction to Engineering Analysis, and Freshmen Studies.

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.

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.