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"CState Recommended" Laptop Computers

Updated August 7, 2020

Starting in Fall Semester 2020 (August 2020), students in a degree or certificate program at Cincinnati State may purchase a laptop computer from the College Bookstore
that meets standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the College.
 
  • Students in some degree programs may need to purchase software subscriptions, and other tools and materials.
     
  • Some software used in Cincinnati State classes will be available for downloading at no charge.
     
  • Students are responsible for proper setup, software installation, and maintenance of their personal computer systems.

Financial Aid considerations:

If you are using or planning to use financial aid to help pay your Cincinnati State costs, ask a Financial Aid Advisor if your financial aid award includes funds you could use to cover all or part of the cost of a laptop computer and required software (if applicable).
 
  • If you are using financial aid to purchase a computer immediately, you MUST purchase a "Cincinnati State recommended" computer from the College Bookstore.
     
  • If you purchase a computer and open the package, you will NOT be able to return the computer to the Bookstore for a refund. Only unopened computers can be returned/refunded.
     
  • If you wait for your refund of "excess" financial aid (after tuition and fees are paid), you can purchase a computer from any store of your choice.
     
    • Fall Financial Aid refund checks will be mailed in mid-October.
       
  • If you are NOT using financial aid, you may purchase from the College Bookstore or another store of your choice.

Recommended computers:

 
  • For students in Audio/Video Production, Graphic Design, and Web & Multimedia Design:

If you already own a computer:

If you already own a computer, talk to your Program Chair. If your current computer meets/is close to the specifications for recommended laptops, you should be able to continue using your current computer.
 
Computer Specifications - Dell Mobile Precision
Display 15.6-inch display
Processor Intel Core i7
Memory 16 GB
Storage 1 TB Solid State Drive 
 
Computer Specifications - Dell XPS 15
Display 15.6-inch display
Processor Intel Core i7
Memory 8 GB
Storage 256 GB Solid State Drive
 
Computer Specifications - Dell XPS 13
Display 13.3-inch display
Processor Intel Core i5
Memory 8 GB
Storage 256 GB Solid State Drive
                       

Technical support

Students are responsible for proper setup, software installation, and maintenance of their personal computer systems. Technical support is not provided by Cincinnati State.
 

Loaner laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots available

Cincinnati State has a limited number of laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots available for loan to students who are registered for Fall classes.

To borrow a computer and/or hotspot:
Brochure: 
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