Computer Discounts

Columbia provides programs to help students, faculty, and staff make personal purchases of computers and software, as well as an institutional purchasing program for departments.

Apple and Dell offer individuals the same corporate discounts provided to Columbia departments. Additional personal and institutional discounts are also available from certain other University-contracted vendors through Purchasing's Preferred Vendor List.

If you need help deciding what to buy, you can also consult our pre-purchase advice.

PCard users note: Purchases made through Dell Personal Purchases and the Apple Individual Store will be charged sales tax. Purchases made through Dell Institutional Purchases and the Apple Institutional Store are tax exempt.


Apple Store for Higher Education

Personal Purchases

Dell equipment may be purchased online or by calling Dell at 800-695-8133 and giving Columbia's Dell Member ID: US24184416.

CUIT Supported Hardware 

Dell is the preferred contracted supplier for institutional computer hardware, peripherals, software and services.

Pricing has been negotiated to meet the unique needs of our institution.

Discounted pricing is available on all products, but we receive our largest discount on commonly purchased institutional systems and product-bundled packages, and include a minimum three-year warranty.

The P-Card is accepted for Institutional purchases.


Students, faculty and staff who would like to use a personal credit card should visit the Apple Individual Store or call 800-800-2775 and choose option 2, then option 1 to make purchases or inquire about the latest promotions.
Entering students without an active UNI can call Apple Individual Sales at 800-800-2775. Press option 2, then option1, and let the sales rep know you will be attending Columbia University.


NEW! If you would like to create a quote for your departmental administrator, please look below for information about completing a one-time registration. Departmental authorized purchasers log in at You can also call 800-800-2775 and choose option 2,2.

Faculty and staff: steps to register for PO Purchases

Columbia University faculty and staff who purchase Apple equipment with a PO must complete a one-time registration at the URL below to ensure access to the correct Columbia University store with additional discounts.

If you're already an Authorized Online Purchaser (you have ability to push PO's through online), please go to the URL below and verify that your Apple ID and password is still working.

1) Click Sign Up and go through the steps. Once completed, you will receive a "Welcome Email" which will confirm you now have access to the online education store for your purchases and quotes. You'll receive approval in 24 hours.

2) Problems? Call 800-800-2775 and choose option 6.

3) Once approved, bookmark this site to log in and create your quotes.