Computers. Departments purchasing desktop and laptop computers using state funds, including grant monies, are required to order through the Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI) bulk IT purchasing program. On the CPI page you'll find specific computer models, configurations and pricing details.
Have questions? Contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866/1.800.340.7081.
Dell Computers. To view ECU standard computer specifications and obtain price quotes for Dell computers (a CPI-approved preferred vendor), visit the Dell Premier Portal (PORT punch-out). Quotes created at this site are available in PORT for purchase. Configurations are customizable.
Apple Computers. Purchase Apple computers and accessories from the Apple Store.
The ECU Dowdy Student Stores are now able to sell Apple iPads and iPad accessories directly to ECU departments without using PORT or online through Apple. Departments are not required to purchase through Dowdy, but this service does offer these benefits:
- Convenience of on-campus, face-to-face customer service and assistance
- Hands-on viewing and demo before purchase
- Easy payment by Procard or interdepartmental transfer (IDT)
- Immediate delivery of in-stock models or quick delivery of special orders*
- Adapters, cases and other accessories also available
*For current pricing, see the specifications and pricing list (pdf). Verizon or AT&T 3G (iPad2) and 4G models require special order and take approximately 3-5 business days for delivery. Data plans are not arranged through Dowdy Student Stores.
Software. Visit the software guide website for a listing of ECU- supported software. Find which programs are free downloads for ECU users, vendors for other supported software, the latest versions and available training opportunities.
Servers, Medical Equipment, Special Software. Before purchasing other IT equipment or software, departments should submit an IT Help Desk service request for a server assessment or desktop support consult to answer questions related to network connectivity, data storage and other needs of the project and to ensure that ECU's security regulations are followed. Please note that any purchase over $5000 requires approval.
Need assistance planning an IT project? Log in to the IT Help Desk online request system and complete the Project Request form. A representative from the appropriate area will contact you.
While students are not required by ECU to buy any particular brand or model, those considering a computer purchase should first check with the ITCS Student Computer Support Center (ACE) for any specifications and guidelines required by their academic program.
Partnerships between the ECU Dowdy Student Stores and several computer vendors provide affordable computers to ECU students and also meet any academic department requirements.
Staff and Faculty
Faculty and staff can also purchase computers and software for home use from the Dowdy Student Stores and should stop by to discuss the latest pricing with a computer department representative. Some restrictions for software apply.
Visit the ECU Materials Management website (a division of ) and find the latest ECU Business Services information on state contracts, approved vendors and ordering through ECU's PORT purchase order system.