Students entering the School of Dentistry in the dental and dental hygiene programs
are required to have a computer to access email, the Internet, digital media and
other instructional technologies to complement and enhance the educational program.
Incoming student computer initiative
During the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, the incoming class of 2017 will have a unique opportunity to be the first class to purchase a specially-configured Dell laptop.
This laptop will allow you to have software and programs that are compatible with all of our educational technologies and electronic clinical processes.
You will be able to use it in the classroom and clinical areas, therefore, you are being asked to delay the purchase of a computer as this offer will be
available to you by mid-fall semester at a student discount rate. Please do not purchase a computer for the fall semester.
Update – July 8, 2013
Here is the latest news on the new Dell ultrabooks. The touch-screen model that works best with Windows 8 will be released Sept. 19, not in July as originally projected. We had hoped Dell would meet the target date, but delays frequently happen with new computer models.
Since your ultrabook needs to work well for the entire four-year program, we want you to purchase the latest, most current model. We will send you ordering instructions as soon as Dell releases them to us in September. It will take approximately one month from the date you place your order to receive delivery of your ultrabook and complete the configuration and setup here at the School of Dentistry. After setup is complete, we will schedule a time for you to pick up your ultrabook and get some brief hands-on training.
Until you take delivery of your Dell ultrabook, any computer you have access to will satisfy the School computer requirements. You will also have access to 30 computers in the Computers in Dentistry Lab here at the School.
Financial aid for computers
Questions about financial aid may be answered by going to VCU’s Enrollment Services
Wireless network and off-campus access
There is free wireless Internet access available throughout the School of Dentistry,
VCU residence halls and most areas throughout the VCU campus. Most new computers
are equipped with a wireless network card. Visit the VCU Technology Services website
for more information.
If you plan to access the VCU network from off campus, such as in your home or apartment,
you will need two things: a network card or modem and an account with an Internet
Service Provider that services your area.