2014–15 Laptop Package – Purchase and Orientation Information

This page lists the options for purchasing the 2014–15 SAIC Laptop Program package, and includes information on attending the Laptop Program orientation after you have purchased your laptop.
 
Please select your current purchase status below to see what steps to follow regarding your purchase and the Laptop Program orientation.

If you have any questions, please contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312.345.3738 or laptop@saic.edu.

 

If you have not yet purchased a laptop

All incoming undergraduate students, with the exception of second-degree students, are required to enroll in the SAIC Laptop Program. You have two options for participating in the program:

Purchase a laptop through the school's preferred vendor

To ensure that you receive an educational discount along with the correct equipment and AppleCare warranty, you should purchase your Laptop Program package at the Apple Store.

We have made arrangements with the Apple Store near SAIC (679 North Michigan Avenue) to stock the complete laptop package, and we will be providing a shuttle service to the store on Saturday, August 23 if you wish to make your purchase then. However, you should also be able to purchase those same items at any Apple Store by following the instructions below.

You will need to print out our Laptop Program Checklist‌ and take it to the Apple Store along with your SAIC ID card or enrollment agreement. Make sure to take your SAIC ID or enrollment agreement so you can receive the special student pricing.

Please note that we can only guarantee availability of the complete laptop package at our nearby Apple Store, so if you plan to purchase from another Apple Store, we recommend contacting them in advance to make sure they have all items from the checklist in stock.

Once you have your laptop, you will need to attend our brief Laptop Program orientation session which will be held during New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 23 at the LeRoy Neiman Center. To prepare for the session, please make sure your laptop is fully charged, and you have activated your ARTIC Account.

Apply for a waiver

Please see this section below.

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If you ordered and received a complete laptop package from Small Dog Electronics

You will need to attend our brief Laptop Program orientation session which will be held during New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 23 at the LeRoy Neiman Center. To prepare for the session, please make sure your laptop is fully charged, and you have activated your ARTIC Account.

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If you ordered and received a partial laptop package from Small Dog Electronics

You can either keep the items you received and purchase any remaining items from the Apple Store using our Laptop Program Checklist or you can return the items to Small Dog and purchase a complete laptop package from the Apple Store using our Laptop Program Checklist

To return items to Small Dog Electronics, please email their returns team to request the return instructions.

Once you have your laptop, you will need to attend our Laptop Program orientation session which will be held during New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 23 at the LeRoy Neiman Center. To prepare for the session, please make sure your laptop is fully charged, and you have activated your ARTIC Account.

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If you ordered but did not yet receive anything from Small Dog Electronics

You can either cancel your order and purchase the laptop package from the Apple Store using our Laptop Program Checklist or you can keep your order with Small Dog and wait for them to fulfill it. Please note that Small Dog currently does not have a firm ship date for the laptop, and cannot guarantee when you will receive it.

Once you have your laptop, you will need to attend our Laptop Program orientation session which will be held during New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 23 at the LeRoy Neiman Center. To prepare for the session, please make sure your laptop is fully charged, and you have activated your ARTIC Account.

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If you previously purchased a laptop from the Apple Store or any other source

Please email laptop@saic.edu with the serial number of your laptop, so we can verify that your laptop meets minimum specifications and can access all the resources SAIC has to offer.

Once your laptop has been approved, you will need to attend our Laptop Program orientation session which will be held during New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 23 at the LeRoy Neiman Center. To prepare for the session, please make sure your laptop is fully charged, and you have activated your ARTIC Account.

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