Rice departments usually purchase computers and basic software for their faculty and staff. (Note: OIT only supports Rice-purchased computers under warranty.) Only a few departments provide computers for their graduate students; check with your department's graduate student coordinator for details.¬†Most undergraduates bring their choice of laptop and mobile devices such as phones or tablets.
For classroom and labs,¬†instructors¬†are surveyed each year in April about software needs for the next academic year for Registrar-managed classrooms and teaching labs.
Begin the purchasing process for Rice-owned hardware by contacting your OIT Divisional Representative or by creating a Help Desk ticket by emailing¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†to determine which type of computer will meet your needs.
OIT will contact the¬†Office of Procurement¬†for final quote, if needed.
Visit¬†Rice Marketplace on the¬†Office of Procurement's web site¬†to purchase with or without a quote.
Rice departments purchase basic software for the computers they provide for their faculty and staff.¬†
Microsoft Windows is available on Rice-purchased computers through a site license.
For a list of licensed software that can be purchased or downloaded on Rice faculty and staff computers, see the¬†OIT Knowledgebase.
OIT will contact the Office of Procurement for requested applications not listed.
Faculty, staff, and students may be eligible for Rice discounts on hardware purchased with a personal credit card (not a Rice purchasing card or Rice fund/org). To purchase, follow the links below.¬†
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Apple
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Dell
Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Check the advice on¬†minimum specifications¬†before you buy a personal computer to use at Rice.
Some software is available for installation on faculty, staff and student's personal computers. (Note: OIT is not responsible for installation of software on personally owned computers.)
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Software Available for Faculty and Staff
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Software Available for Students