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Discount Software & Computers for Students



Do not purchase Office365
Students have the ability to download Office 365 for FREE.

Students can receive a discount on several software applications simply by using their SMU Email address. Visit to purchase Adobe applications and more.

Students are eligible to download SAS, SAS JMP, and Mathematica free of charge under our campus agreement. Click here for details.

Cell Phone Service

SMU has a contract with both AT&T and Sprint. Through these contracts, students can receive discounts on existing or new lines of service. Click on your desired vendor to learn more or sign up for your discount.

IT Computer Guide

Apple and Windows platforms are fully supported and compatible with campus IT services. The following are suggested minimum requirements for a personal computer:

Processor: 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
Memory: 4GB (8GB recommended)
Storage: 500GB Serial ATA Drive or 256GB Solid State Drive
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless: 802.11n WiFi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Optional: Ethernet Port, DVD Drive, Webcam

Requirements & Recommendations by School



Undergrad: A Windows Laptop or Mac Laptop with Windows operating system (Bootcamp, Parallels or VMware); Office for Windows 2007/2010; wireless 802.11a/g/n networks

Dedman College

Mac OS or Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Computational Courses:  Mac with MAC OS X, Windows, and UNIX platforms; LaTex for text editing


Windows based laptop less than 3 years old with Microsoft Word

Lyle School of Engineering

Laptop or desktop computer. Lyle provides computing lab facilities for completion of course work.

Meadows School of the Arts


Model: 13-inch MacBook Pro
Operating system: OSX-10.6 or higher
Processor: 2.4 Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5
RAM: 4GB 1333MHz
HardDrive: 500GB 5400-rpm
Technical Support: AppleCare Protection plan
Microsoft Office -- All students will need the most current Microsoft Office Package
Other recommended software packages vary by academic division and course.

Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Mac OS or Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Mac OS or Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Suggested: 14 to 15 inch laptops and Mac for students working with media such as Audio and Video.