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Computer Recommendations

Francis College of Engineering

Most applications needed in the Francis College of Engineering are provided via vLabs. For this reason, a student can usually complete the degree requirements with a modest laptop and use vLabs when they need the extra performance or software for a specific project.

For students who prefer to have their own more powerful laptop, we recommend the following:

  • Windows 10 computer
    • We do not recommend Apple computers for engineering students due to known compatibility issues with engineering software.
  • Intel i7 Professor (9th generation or newer)
  • 16 GB or RAM or more
  • 500 GB solid state drive
    • We strongly recommend not purchasing a computer with a standard mechanical hard drive.
  • 802.11 AC wireless compatibility
  • NVIDIA graphics processor built-in
  • External 22” monitor

Computer Science

Computer science students with questions about the technology needs of the program are encouraged to contact the department.

Music Majors

Apple MacBook

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor
  • 16 GB or more of memory (RAM)
  • 500 GB solid state storage
  • 16” or larger screen size

Fine Arts

Recommended Apple system requirements:

  • RAM:
    • minimum: 8GB
    • recommended: 16GB
  • Drive: Solid state Drive (SSD)
    • minimum: 256GB
    • recommended: 500GB
  • Processor:
    • minimum: 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
    • recommended: 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7
  • Graphics card:
    • For majors requiring robust graphics, we strongly recommend a dedicated graphics card. Integrated graphics cards (like the Intel Iris Plus Graphics) are designed to save battery life and conserve on energy and are NOT recommended for running professional software applications that require significant processing, rendering, etc.
      • Laptop class:
        • NVIDIA Geforce Series
        • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
        • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
      • Desktops:
        • NVIDIA Geforce RTX Series
        • Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 575X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Accessories:
    • WD - My Passport for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Hardware Encryption