Recognizing that computing plays an important role in higher education, the campus recently adopted a statement of expectation regarding student computer ownership. Rather than require a specific system, the expectation states a minimum set of functional requirements computers must meet to be used effectively in a student's education at UC Davis. After negotiating with several vendors, the campus is recommending a computer purchase program through Dell Computer Corporation for systems meeting the functional requirements. This recommended ownership program includes many value-added features, as well as special pricing on four standard hardware and software packages. Other vendor products (e.g., Apple) will remain available at educational discounts.