Computer Purchase


All computer purchases should be initiated by contacting your Department’s IT Pro’s.  Your Department IT Pro will serve as your point of contact in acquiring your computer purchase, leveraging UM System contracts with Dell and Apple.


The Division of IT has several standard recommendations for computer models and configurations that meet almost every type of usage. The recommended setup should include a laptop, dock, two monitors or desktop (as needed by exception). Please work with your Department IT Pro for best practices. Below is a list of standards that represent excellent options for most faculty and staff:

Dell StandardsApple Standards
Precision 3680 TowerMacBook Pro 14″ or 16″
Precision 3490MacBook Air

Precision 3590
Precision 3460 Small Form Factor
Latitude 7350 Detachable with Detachable Keyboard and Pen
OptiPlex  7020
OptiPlex AIO 7020


Pricing depends on quantity and model chosen. 

Dell Premier Partnership – The University and Dell Inc. offer the Dell Premier Partnership to MU students, faculty, and staff. This partnership allows the MU community to take advantage of special discount pricing on Dell laptop and desktop computers. (For personal purchases, please visit the Dell Premier Online Portal.  For more information on Dell Premier see Additional Information tab below.

DoIT is also part of the Dell Bulk buy program, this buy program coordinates purchases on a quarterly basis for all University of Missouri departments. Consolidated purchasing provides the opportunity to capitalize on savings through additional quantity and volume discounts beyond the contractual savings offered by Dell on individual orders.

Getting Started

Computers can be ordered at any time, and there is no minimum order. If you need assistance selecting a computer see your departmental IT Pro or call Tech Support at 573.882.5000.