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Discount Computer Purchases
The University System of Maryland has reached an agreement with several of today's leading computer manufacturers, called the Electronic Commerce Initiative, to offer top-quality computers at discounted costs.
Frostburg State University is part of the USM. Through the Electronic Commerce Initiative FSU students, faculty and staff can purchase computer systems at special educational prices.
Click here for more information on the agreement.
Make a selection below to visit the participating manufacturer web site where you can shop for a system that is right for you.
Notes to Students:
Note to Students from the Director of Technology Services at FSU
FSU is part of a new and exciting program that offers discounted computer purchases to students.
This program, the Electronic Commerce Initiative or ECI, came into being through the combined efforts of all University System of Maryland (USM) institutions. The ECI brings the combined USM purchasing power to computer vendors and effects a best-price policy for student computer purchases at all USM institutions.
ECI invited major computer manufacturers to participate in the new program. Apple, Dell, Gateway and IBM agreed. USM already enjoys agreements with these vendors guaranteeing low prices for institutional purchases. Now ECI extends cost savings to you making it easier to get the best price possible on a computer.
When developing the ECI, the USM institutions set specifications to insure that any computer purchased through the program will work with the University's infrastructure and can be maintained by the University or a nearby service provider. The manufacturers went one step further, offering prices that are below our state contract pricing. Excluded from these offerings are low-end and low-quality computers often used to lure first-time computer purchasers.
If you're considering a computer purchase, compare the prices offered by ECI-participating manufacturers to local retail prices on the same brand systems. A random survey we conducted showed savings from $90 to $200 per machine.
While you may find cheaper systems elsewhere, I caution you from my experience as the FSU director of student computer support, these low-end systems cause headaches for both the student and support staff. Often only $100 or $200 separates the price of an entry-level system and an approved system. This extra money is well worth the benefits it provides - a guaranteed compatible system, local support, direct delivery and peace of mind.
Please contact FSU's Office of Information Technology at 301-687-7090 with questions or for more information on this project.