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UI business school chooses Dell for new, optional laptop computer program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Business Administration has created a partnership with Dell Computing Corp. for students to buy laptop computers at considerable discounts as a way to boost student access to computer technology while studying business at the UI.

Under the partnership, business students can purchase a Dell® Latitude® CP (model M233SD) computer for $2,154 (plus tax). The computer includes an Intel® 233 megahertz (MHz) Pentium® processor, a 12.1-inch active matrix, color display, 32 megabytes (MB) of active memory as well as several other hardware and software features. A similar package retails for about $2,700.

The quoted price is good until Oct. 16.

Gary Fethke, dean of the UI College of Business Administration, says the questions of whether students need laptop computers and which laptop computers to buy are among the top concerns parents and students have for college administrators. The computers, long common in the business world, are becoming more popular with students as the machines' computing power has increased and their prices have come down.

"We are committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date, rigorous education possible to prepare them for the future," Fethke says. "That means having access to the latest computer technology, not only in the building but also in students' hands. Our partnership with Dell is one way of making sure our students have the latest educational tools available to them at a reasonable price."

Fethke emphasizes that the laptop computer program is voluntary. The college's computer laboratories will continue to be available to any student who chooses not to purchase a laptop. Many students also have desktop computers that will serve them well in their work at the UI, he says.

The new Dell computers will come configured with communications hardware and applications software used by the College of Business Administration, streamlining their use in the college. Delivery takes about 15 days.

Fethke says Dell was chosen for the partnership because the Texas-based company specializes in producing computers that work on networks such as the ones set up in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Some financial aid is available for students through the UI Student Micro Computer Loan Program, arranged through the computer sales program of Information Technology Services.

Several upgrade options also are available.

Fethke sent letters to all current and new business students this summer, informing them of the Dell computer program.

For more information, visit the College of Business Administration's website at