Mobile Computing Program (Laptops)

On-line laptop ordering now closed

We're sorry, but on-line ordering for Rensselaer's 2015-2016 Mobile Computing Program is closed as of Wednesday, August 19.

If you still wish to place a laptop order for the Fall 2015 semester, please contact the Mobile Computing team as soon as possible. Since we cannot guarantee that laptops ordered after August 19 will arrive in time for the beginning of fall classes, Mobile Computing will provide students who order a T450s or W541 laptop with a temporary loaner until their new laptop arrives.

Students:  Can't pick up your laptop on August 30?

For those students who are unable to pick up their laptop on Sunday, August 30, the Mobile Computing Program will also hold two small-scale distribution sessions in the VCC lobby during the first week of classes, as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2pm-4pm
  • Wednesday, September 2, 11am-1pm


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.