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Purchase Technology

Microsoft Office free for current employees and students

Because of our licensing agreement with Microsoft and our Office 365 subscription, we're able to provide the full Microsoft Office suite for PC, Mac, and mobile FREE.


Personally-owned computers (students and others)

Colorado College partners with Dell and Apple for computer purchasing. Because of those partnerships, the College receives discounted prices both for College purchases and when CC staff or students buy personally-owned computers from either vendor.

For student-owned computers, we recommend a brand new Mac or PC laptop.  Even minimal specs are sufficient for most purposes, so we have no specific reommendation on specs. If brand new is not feasible, we recommend the computer be no more than 2 years old.

CC-owned computers (for employees)

ITS: will monitor the inventory and proactively get in touch with you when it's time to replace your computer according to our recommended lifecycle (every 4.5 years). For more information, see our Computer and Peripheral Lifecycle Procedure.

You're also welcome to contact ITS: to request a new computer ( or 719.389.6449).  Standard computer models for CC-owned computers for employees:

Standard CC-owned Computers (for employees)

PC Desktop
  • Xi3 Small Form Factor
  • 5th gen Intel dual core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD hard drive, Windows 7
  • Wireless capable
  • no monitor
PC Laptop
  • Dell Latitude
  • 4th gen Intel dual core i3 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 320 GB hard drive, Windows 7
  • DVD+/-RW optical drive
  • 14" screen, integrated camera
Mac Desktop
  • iMac 21.5"
  • 1.4 GHz Intel dual core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 500 GB hard drive
  • No optical drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000
 Mac Laptop
  • MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
  • 1.6 GHz Intel dual core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD hard drive
  • No optical drive 
  • 13" screen