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Information Technology is committed to providing all students the technology resources and support that they need for all academic and other pursuits while at Bowdoin.

What IT Provides every Bowdoin Student

  • email account
  • ethernet access to Bowdoin's high-speed network from all dorm rooms
  • wireless access to Bowdoin network from anywhere on campus
  • public printing
  • network file space for saving and backing up files
  • free anti-virus software
  • free MS Office and operating system software (Windows, OS X)
  • 24 hour computer labs with an assortment of educational software titles
  • VOIP phones in all dorm rooms
  • cable TV in dorm rooms
  • technical support via IT Student Services (ITSS)

IT Student Services

Information Technology Student Services, (ITSS),is a campus resource designed to help students resolve non-hardware related computer problems. ITSS is a service designed for and operated by students. Students provide quick answers to common questions and resolve student computing and networking problems. This is a free service staffed by students who are interested in helping their fellow students with computing technology.

Purchasing a Computer

Bowdoin recommends that incoming students who want to buy a computer purchase a laptop.  Apple and Dell offer special discounted pricing to Bowdoin students. We are happy to offer the Managed Laptop Program.  If you buy the recommended package, Information Technology Student Services will provide additional support and assist with any warranty issues.  They will stock spare parts and loaner computers to have your managed laptop up and running again quickly.

This year's recommended package is

  • PC: Dell E6540 with a 4 year complete care (accidental damage) warranty
  • Apple: Macbook Pro 15" Retina Display or Macbook Pro 13"Retina Display with 3 year Applecare Warranty

Visit the Dell or Apple site customized with Bowdoin discounts!

Remember, Bowdoin will provide you with a free copy of Microsoft Office and Antivirus Software, offered to students under our licensing agreements. Be sure not to pay extra for this software when you purchase your computer!

IT's Technical Purchasing Manager, Sarah Morgan, (smorgan@bowdoin.edu), is happy to answer any questions you may have about purchasing a new computer.

Students may purchase additional peripherals and accessories at academic pricing through our vendor, GovConnection.