Student Laptop Purchasing Guidelines

Issue/Question

  • What kind of computer should I get for my schoolwork at OSU?

Environment

  • Oregon State University
  • Student, New Student

Resolution

These recommendations are adapted from the College of Engineering laptop guidelines which you can read here: https://it.engineering.oregonstate.edu/laptop-purchasing-guidelines

We recommend that students purchase a laptop with sufficient specifications to last for their full 4 years at OSU. While an older or less expensive laptop might work, it may not be able to keep up with changing software demands over time.

Most software that students will need for coursework will be provided for free or at a discounted price through university software licensing. All current students receive a free license to Microsoft Office 365 to install on personal devices.

Recommended Minimum Hardware Specifications

PC Mac

Intel Core i5 or i7, or AMD A8 and AMD A10 APU

8GB RAM

Microsoft Windows

Wireless: 5 GHz-capable dual-band, often labeled as 802.11ac, 802.11a/n or 802.11 abgn

Webcam ​​​​​with microphone

 

Intel Core i5 or i7

8 GB RAM

Wireless: built-in non-configurable

Webcam with microphone

 

Laptop purchasing options:

For assistance, contact the Service Desk.

Details

Article ID: 108997
Created
Mon 6/1/20 12:11 PM
Modified
Fri 6/26/20 10:28 AM