For the current academic year, see below resources on purchasing a laptop and getting access to Microsoft Office. If you have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at or (607) 735-1915.

Buy a Laptop

If you plan to buy a new laptop for the Fall semester, we recommend making the purchase no earlier than May. Waiting until June or July is preferable because computer performance-price ratios increase with time. However, we suggest ordering the computer before August to ensure that it arrives in time for the start of the academic year.

For recommended configurations for Dell, go to For Apple, go to

Free Microsoft Office for Students

At no charge Elmira College students can download and run Microsoft Office on up to five Windows or Macintosh computers. In addition, they can download Office apps on up to five of their mobile devices: Apple iOS or Android. (Windows Mobile includes Office apps by default.) Students first register and sign in with their Elmira email address to access their personal software page. The subscription is available as long as you are a current student.

Log on to your Office account: | Log in with your account.

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