System Recommendations for Student Computers

  Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
2020-2021 Engineering Students Engineering Students
CPU Intel i5 Intel i7
Memory 12 GB RAM 16GB RAM
Disk 500GB SSD/M.2 500GB - 1TB SSD/M.2
Graphics Accelerated, Gaming Support
1280 x 1024 resolution
Accelerated, Gaming Support
1920 x 1080 resolution
Wireless Wireless adapter capable of 802.11ac Wireless adapter capable of 802.11ac
Other
HDMI output or HDMI adapter to connect to classroom A/V equipment
1TB external drive recommended for backup and additional storage
HDMI output or HDMI adapter to connect to classroom A/V equipment
1TB external drive recommended for backup and additional storage

*We generally recommend the purchase of a laptop for most students since this allows them to take the machine to class for note-taking as well as the library for research projects, etc.

**All Microsoft products are available to students enrolled in engineering classes at no charge through the Microsoft Academic Alliance Program.  https://azureforeducation.microsoft.com/devtools

Having a single machine that will meet all of your needs for the full four years is difficult to guarantee. During the first two years, you will be taking a variety of general education courses in addition to courses within the major. Many general education courses will only require the use of the Office Suite from Microsoft.

Later in the program, you may need to use more specialized software, perhaps including the installation of other operating systems such as Linux. If you switch majors along the way (such as a move to computer science), the machine requirements may increase.

Computer Science majors are required to have a laptop.
Computer Science laptop requirements