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WKU Computer Purchasing

Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains a list of recommended hardware for new purchases and upgrades/replacements. This list is intended to ensure compatibility with University technology hardware and software, ensure it meets industry current standards, and position the University for future expansion and upgrades.

ITS reserves the right to review all computer hardware purchases. We will make every attempt to meet the needs of the purchasing department while respecting the best interest of the University. Items ordered by bypassing ITS' approval may be explicitly barred from support by ITS. The following guidelines should be followed when purchasing computers:

  • All computers must be purchased using a WKU Purchase Order.
  • All computers must be purchased with an approved 3-year minimum warranty from the manufacturer.
  • All computers are available through WKU TopShop (WKU NetID and password required)
  • All computers must have an Inventory Control Number assigned before ITS will provide any service relating to the computer.

TopShop Ordering Instructions

Need hardware that is not listed below or found in TopShop?

Request for Purchase Information


Apple Computers

If you wish to purchase an Apple computer, please click below and search for Western Kentucky University. Once found, choose to browse the WKU Store as guest.

With this account you can create proposals that can be used to create requisitions in TopShop. It is recommended that you use Firefox on a PC or Safari on a Mac.

Apple Computer Purchasing 

Dell Computers

If you wish to purchase a Dell computer, access the WKU Dell Premier Store through  TopShop.

Through Dell's catalog on TopShop, you may select items and checkout, create an equote, or access an existing equote or sales order. From here you may submit your order requisition.

Dell Computer Purchasing (TopShop)

Microsoft Surface Pro

The Microsoft Surface Pro is supported by Technical Support Services. For more information please click More Info below.

Surface Pro bundles that are approved by the IT Division are available through our vendor, Connection, on TopShop.

Microsoft Surface Pro Purchasing (TopShop)


Recycled Computer Program

The Recycled Computer Program allows WKU departments to obtain used Dell or Apple computers that are covered by a one year service contract through the WKU IT Department. For more information please click More info below.

Recycled Computer Purchasing

Computer Peripherals and Supplies

WKU offers multiple catalogs on TopShop for computer peripheral equipment and computer supplies. These include GovConnection, Dell, and CDWG. 

Peripherals & Supplies Purchasing (TopShop)



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Sustainable Purchasing

In support of the University’s commitment to sustainability, the IT department purchases Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Certified computers. EPEAT Certified electronics meet required criteria and optional criteria for environmental performance characteristics, including reduction or elimination of environmentally sensitive materials, use of recycled content or renewable materials, design for end of life, product longevity, energy conservation, end of life management, packaging, and corporate performance.

For More information Visit the EPEAT website at: http://www.epeat.net/about-epeat/

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 Last Modified 9/20/18