Students entering Engineering are required to have a laptop for use in coursework, including testing scenarios. Laptops do not need to be brought to campus on a daily basis, but individual courses may require that a laptop be brought to class, lab sessions, or tests.

Microsoft Windows 10 is the de facto standard. You will not be able to complete your coursework with a MacBook laptop unless you are able to install a virtual Windows environment (VMWare Fusion, Parallels, BootCamp, etc.) Be aware these options require extra processing power, RAM, HD space, time and effort to install. MacBook laptops are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. You may be required to install ASPEN for your coursework. ASPEN doesn’t run on a MacBook. You may have difficulty trying to install this on the virtual Windows on a MacBook.

Hardware Required Recommended
CPU Processor Intel i5 Intel i7
Screen 1920×1080 1920×1080 or greater
RAM 8GB 16GB or greater
Hard Drive 500GB 500GB or greater SSD
Wireless 802.11ac 801.11ac or Wi-Fi 6
Video (GPU) Integrated Discrete card (Nvidia, AMD, etc)
Camera Front facing camera w/mic Front facing camera w/mic
Warranty n/a 3-4 year warranty w/accidental

Warranty: An extended warranty with accidental damage coverage is HIGHLY recommended

Financial Aid

Students receiving aid and that are loan eligible may contact the Office of Student Financial Services to have their aid adjusted to include the cost of their laptop. Students not eligible for aid can apply for alternative or short-term loans through the Office of Student Financial Services.


Microsoft Office



You are required to have up-to-date Antivirus and up-to-date Microsoft operating system patches before connecting to the campus Wi-Fi network.