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Equipment Purchase and Replacement for Faculty

Any purchase made with College funds remains the property of Hunter College including computers, peripherals and electronic devices.

Standard Equipment Assigned to Faculty

Hunter purchases a computer (laptop/desktop) for each new full-time faculty member at the beginning of her/his appointment. While the computer remains the property of the College, the computer is dedicated to the exclusive use of the faculty member as long as s/he is employed at Hunter College. This machine is supported by Instructional Computing & Information Technology (ICIT). Hunter's computer replacement policy allows for the review and possible replacement of hardware every four years.

Upgrades and Additional Equipment

Some faculty members' teaching and research warrants computing power beyond the standard configuration. Upgrades and additional computers will be approved on the basis of pedagogical/research need and the added costs must be funded from sources such as start-up funding, grants, departmental funds, etc. (the central budget only covers the standard configuration).

To request an upgrade, contact James Barry ( & Vanessa Uruci ( with a simple statement of the research/pedagogical need and the funding source. Once approved, James Barry and Vanessa Uruci will authorize the order and installation.

Pre-approval is also required to purchase peripherals that are already provided centrally by the College (printers, scanners, copiers, etc.) as well as all other electronic mobile devices (iPods, iPod Touches, etc.).

Tablet Computers

For faculty members whose teaching and research warrants a tablet computer, including iPads, the approval and purchase process is the same as for upgrades and additional equipment. As with all other purchases made with College funds, the tablet/iPad remains the property of the College.

Computer Choices for New Full-time Faculty

Apple Options

Apple iMac Desktop 21.5-inch 

  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • OS X Yosemite‎
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X8GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive1
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 4 USB 3 ports
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Rated EPEAT Gold
  • FaceTime HD camera 
  • Full specifications are on Apple's web site.

MacBook Pro 13-inch 

  • OS X Yosemite‎
  • 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • 2560 by 1600 pixels
  • 2- usb 3 ports
  • HDMI port
  • 2 Thunderbolt port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • No SuperDrive
  • Built-in battery (10 hours)
  • .71 inch thin: 3.48 lbs.

PC Options


  • Dell Optiplex Energy Star desktop PC 9020(Tower) or 9030 AIO (All in one)
  • Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit or Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Intel Core 4th Generation i7-4790S Processor (Quad Core, 3.2 GHz, 8MB, w/HD Graphics 4600)
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive or 500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
  • 23 Inch WLED Full-HD Touch with Camera All-in-One Display (9030 Model Only)
  • 16gb DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel
  • 23" WideScreen Monitor flat-panel monitor (9020 Model Only)
  • nVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GB DDR3
  • 16X DVD+/-RW drive


  • Latitude E6440
  • 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U Processor (3.3 GHz, 4M Cache)
  • 2.40GHz, 6M cache ,Intel® vProTM technology
  • Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit or Windows 8.1 Pro
  • 500GB 7200rpm Hard Drive or 128 SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • 16.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
  • 14.0" HD+(1600x900) Anti-Glare LED-backlit  
  • AMD Radeon HD 8690M Graphics 2GB GDDR5 with Express Card
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Light Sensitive Webcam and Noise Cancelling Digital Array Mic
  • 8X DVD+/-RW
  • Internal English Backlit Dual Pointing Keyboard 
  • Mobile Intel® QM67 Express Chipset
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Half Mini Card
  • 9-cell (97WH) Primary Lithium Ion Battery
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Internal High Quality Speakers
  • Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack
  • Integrated, noise reducing array microphones
  • Integrated HD video webcam and Dell Webcam Central software
  • Network connector (RJ-45)
  • 4 USB 2.0 - 1 USB/eSATA combo
  • Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack
  • Memory card reader, 54 mm ExpressCard
  • Docking Connector, VGA, HDMI
  • 1 Full and 2 Half Mini Card Slots
  • SmartCard Reader
  • USB 3.0 Module option via optical bay
  • Width: 13.86" x Depth: 9.49"  - 4.5lbs

Ultra lightweight portable notebooks are available only upon request . They weigh less than 3 lbs. and come with:

  • Model: Dell XPS or Macbook Air
  • 11" or 13" screen
  • Intel i7 processor
  • 256GB hard drive
  • 8GB or 16GB of RAM (depends on computer model)
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