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What kind of computer should I get?
Generally, PC and Mac are both fine, but you should consult with your major department for specific recommendations. The Engineering Center has numerous computer labs with all the software you need, so purchasing a computer is not a necessity. However, many students like the convenience and flexibility of a laptop/notebook computer. In that case, you'll want MS Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). It is recommended you purchase a flash drive, as they are handy. The Engineering Center and most of the residence halls on campus have wireless access (see

Check out computer recommendations from the CU's Office of Information Technology, Getting Started with Campus Technology, and FAQs about student computer ownership.  For personal computer or computer lab questions, contact the OIT Help Line at 303-735-4357 or visit the OIT web site.

What about calculators―what do you recommend?
A popular model is the TI-89, but you might contact your major department to see what calculator is recommended.  Be aware that you're not allowed to use calculators during exams in Applied Math (APPM) courses.  Other courses may have restrictions also.

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