Students may now download a full version of Office 365 for free. Office 365 can then be installed on up to five different devices including Windows and Mac computers, iPads, and iOS, Android and Windows phones.
For more information, please see the Office 365 page.
USC Aiken Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible to purchase many software packages (including: Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows) at deep educational discounts through USC Columbia Technology Services.
For more information on purchasing software through these programs, please visit USC's UTS (University Technology Services) website at: http://uts.sc.edu/softwarepurchase/
As always, feel free to contact us at the Help Desk if you need assistance.
Computer Services is happy to announce that students, parents, faculty and staff now have access to special discounts from Dell on the purchase of new hardware and peripherals.
Discounts with this program can make a big difference in the price of your next computer purchase.
To take full advantage of available discounts, you may also want to consider joining the Dell Advantage Loyalty Program for 5% back in rewards and free 2nd day shipping!
Using your discount is easy! Just go to: www.dell.com/USCA and make your purchase. No further verification is required.
Faculty, Staff and Students can also take advantage of educational discount pricing when purchasing computer hardware.
Many of the most popular hardware vendors, such as Apple, currently offer discounts through USC. For information on purchasing hardware through their programs please see USC's UTS (University Technology Services) page: http://uts.sc.edu/computerpurchase/
However, please keep in mind that many hardware vendors also offer discounts on hardware for educational purposes. To see if your preferred vendor offers these discounts to you, please refer to the educational pricing and programs section of their respective website. In many cases the only requirement to receive these discounts is access to your USC Aiken email address.
at least 16 GB
Planning to purchase a new computer? Be sure to check below for the recommended minimum specifications for a new computer.
Already have a computer and just need to see if it will work on campus? Generally, any computer purchased in the last four years and running a minimum operating system of Windows 7 for PCs or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for Macs, is eligible to connect to the campus network.
We recommend either Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.11.x El Capitan or macOS 10.12.x Sierra. However, we do also provide limited support for Windows 7 (support ending soon), 8.1 and Mac OS X 10.9.x Mavericks (and newer). Although other operating systems (such as Linux) may work with the campus network, they are not directly supported by Computer Services or the Computer Services Help Desk.
You are welcome to attempt using your system on campus if it does not meet these specifications, but we will be unable to assist you with troubleshooting or configuration.
Suggested Specifications for New Computer Purchase
The following are the recommended minimum specifications if you're purchasing a new computer:
Students are welcome to bring personal printers for use in their dorm rooms. However, these printers should not be used wirelessly.
Wireless printers are no longer allowed on campus because a printer's wireless connection interferes with secure networks, causing those in surrounding areas to be kicked off Wi-Fi.
Wireless printers have proven to be the #1 cause of students dropping Wi-Fi connections in housing. Connecting to personal printers wirelessly can cause connection issues for other devices in the area. As a result, any printer with active wireless connections found on campus will be disabled.
If you plan to bring a printer to campus, any wireless features must be disabled and a USB cable used instead to connect to your computer. The Help Desk can help you find instructions for disabling wireless on your printer.