What computer should new students bring?

Welcome to Goucher!  We bet you are wondering what type of technology we have and what type of technology you can and should bring.  We have the answers for you.

Goucher has WiFi in all classrooms and buildings and also in most outdoor spaces as well. New Goucher students will need a mobile device. We think a laptop still offers the most options for creating content and exploring learning resources. Goucher requires that all Fall 2016 incoming students bring a 13-inch or bigger MacBook Pro laptop and the Goucher Apple Store provides specifics of what we recommend. BTW: most students currently at Goucher use a MacBook.  As students move toward graduation in 2020, we believe computing will be increasingly mobile and we want you to be well-prepared.

Virtually all students also bring an iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android mobile device to campus as well to take advantage of the many learning apps. Many textbooks are available in digital editions and over four years, an iPad will easily pay for itself as an eBook reader. Depending on your major, some students are using an iPad as their primary device – an iPad can be easier for reading, doing fieldwork, making videos, and taking notes.

NOTE: A component of a student’s financial aid package can be used for computer devices, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

What technology should I bring to campus?

Computing Device Goucher requires that all Fall 2016 incoming students bring a 13-inch or larger MacBook Pro laptop.  Educational discounts are available through the Goucher Apple Store.  Please be sure that you are on the Goucher Apple Store website when you make your purchase and not the general Apple site.  You can also receive an educational discount through an Apple Store by providing proof that you will be a Goucher student in the fall. 
Microsoft Office Goucher provides Microsoft Office for free for students through Office 365. Students should not purchase Microsoft Office. Directions are available for how to access Microsoft Office and Office 365.
Printer A printer is not required.  Students have 24/7 access to printing in the Athenaeum.  Students will have a quota of 400 pages for the semester. Students can bring a printer but remember space is limited in residence halls.
Email Goucher provides all students with a Goucher email account.
Cell Phone Students are encouraged to bring a cell phone and sign up for the e2Campus Emergency notification system. A wall phone is provided in residence hallways or common rooms. 
Surge Protector A surge protector is suggested for plugging in student electronic devices.
Game systems Students can bring game systems but be sure that your game system can connect to a wireless network.  Wireless adapters are available for gaming systems.  You will connect your game system to the Goucher Multimedia wireless network.
Warranty The college encourages students to get AppleCare for Apple devices.  An Apple store is in Towson Town Center to provide repair services to students.
Register serial numbers of electronic devices Be sure to register the serial numbers of your device(s) with Public Safety when you arrive on campus.
Devices that will not work on campus Students should not bring wireless routers.  Why?  WiFi access is available in all residence halls.


Who do I contact if I have questions?

Still have questions?  Students should contact the Help Desk by email (helpdesk@goucher.edu) or by phone (410-337-6322).