Laptop Distribution Events
All incoming freshmen are required to complete AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion online courses before they will be allowed to pick up their laptop. Students will receive an email to their Bryant email address when these courses become available for completion.
Laptops are distributed to all incoming students on the morning of Labor Day. After a Care & Feeding session detailing both basic care and registration of their laptop on the Bryant network, as well as an overview of technological services provided at Bryant, students move to the Chase Wellness Center where they are issued their laptop and all accessories. Using the student's Bryant ID card, barcode scanners, and electronic signature pads, this process takes under 30 seconds per student. As all Bryant laptops come preloaded with our tailored software image, students need only boot their machine and log in with their email username and password to immediately access all network and informational resources.
Bryant is unable to provide any data backup services in the Chase Wellness Center during Laptop Swap. It is the student's responsibility archive all critical personal data from their existing machine prior to arrival.
Returning juniors receive their new model laptop during the afternoon of Labor Day. Both their existing laptop and its power adapter must be returned prior to receipt of the new machine. All other accessories, such as their backpack or USB memory sticks, are retained by the student. The returned laptop is then examined in front of the student for damage and non-warranty related wear and tear, and an estimate of charges is attached to the student's receipt. The student is then issued their new machine.
A Bursar's Office representative will be on location for those students choosing to purchase their existing laptop. Payment can be made by check or credit card.
For those juniors who live close to the Bryant campus, Laptop Central does provide the opportunity to pickup their new machine in our Bello Center offices prior to Labor Day.
In August, Laptop Central will begin Summer Swap for those eligible students. Should students wish to buy out their existing laptop in addition to receiving their new machine they must visit the Bursar's Office on the second floor of the Unistructure Building prior to exchanging their laptop. A receipt for the purchase must be presented at the time of the exchange.
Laptop Central will attempt to provide data transfer during this time, however students should plan on extremely long wait times for this procedure based on the high volume of calls and the average amount of data per student. As always, copying data to a cloud service or an external hard drive is the preferred and most expeditious course of action. If you are unable to back up your data, please call ahead on the day you plan to swap so that an estimate of time required may be given.