Student Laptop Recommendations

Below is some information that may help with your computer purchasing decision. There are also options at the links below to purchase a laptop from one of the vendors we’ve made arrangements with. Please contact Tech Support with any questions. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

Certain majors in the sciences, math and computer science, and other computer-intensive fields may need to increase the requirements listed below. Each student should check with the department of their major field of study to determine whether a Windows computer or Macintosh is required or recommended, and for further computer requirements.

Chromebooks do not allow the installation of software that may be required in some courses, and may not be useable. Purchasing a Chromebook may require purchasing an additional computer for certain situations and classes.

Suggested Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements listed below would be suitable for running Microsoft Office, web browsing and other low resource use software.

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Hard drive or Solid State Drive
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 ethernet port (optional)
  • Wireless Networking: 802.11 g/n (minimum); 802.11 ac/ax (preferred)
  • USB Ports
  • Sound card & speakers
  • Backup system for your files, such as an external hard drive, flash drive, or an online service.
    (all students have access to Microsoft OneDrive via our enterprise subscription)

Purchase Options

We’ve made arrangements with the following vendors to assist you

Laptop Computer FAQs