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Suggestions for what else to bring!

What to bring? What not to bring?

Things to Bring with You In Addition To your computer

  • All the original disks or media that come with the computer.  If your system has trouble during the year, you many need your original system disks to restore or repair your system.

  • A way to backup your computer. Your files are valuable so you should have a backup copy of everything you create so you can retrieve them if you have trouble. Learn more at Backing up your computer.

  • A carrying case. You will be moving around campus with your computer, so you should have a protected and convenient way to transport your laptop.

  • Mouse and flash drives. These devices are not required, but may offer a degree of convenience.

  • Printers. Although a printer offers a degree of convenience, DePauw provides Canon printer / copiers in various computer labs, network printers in many residence halls, and drop-off printing through Printing Services

    For additional information about printer locations, fees for printing / copying, and student print quotas, go to Learn more about the printer / copiers.

Do not bring

  • Open source or alternative office application software instead of Microsoft Office.  Some Web-based applications, such as Microsoft Web Apps, or other applications, such as iWork, may not offer the same features and functionality or be fully compatible with Microsoft Office. Faculty will expect to receive your work that is created in Microsoft Office applications.

  • You can bring your iPad, but iPads, Chromebooks, other tablets, and light use portable computing devices are not a viable option as your primary laptop. While you might decide to bring one of these as a secondary device, do not plan to use it as your only laptop.

  • Wireless routers, access points, and printers. Wireless routers are not permitted on campus as they interfere with the campus network. Additionally, wireless printers will not connect to the campus network thus they will not function as wireless devices.