At Stevens, technology is a central part of our mission and goals, as stated as one of the pillars in the Stevens strategic plan – Technology at Our Core. As a student, technology will be a central part of your educational experience.
Stevens’ Laptop Purchase Program
All students need to bring a laptop to campus for use in Stevens courses. In addition, the laptop you bring must meet minimum technical standards in order to run the software applications used at Stevens and to be compatible with our network and core systems.
In order to best serve our students and their families, we have established a partnership with both CDW and Apple that allows you to purchase high-quality laptops and accessories at discounted prices. You will find that the laptops offered through this program may cost a little more than discounted, consumer-class computers. University students carry their laptops to classes in backpacks, use them in the library and in student dining, and generally count on them to last for at least three to four years of heavy use. Commercial-grade laptops are much more durable and resistant to breakage. Their components are better as well.
The laptops offered through the partnership with CDW and Apple are much more likely to endure the heavy use of college life, including constant transport and use. Experience has consistently shown that the computers offered through this program represent a better long term investment for students and their families.
Which model is right for you?
Science and Engineering Majors
Students who plan to major in a science or engineering field at Stevens will be best served with a Windows laptop, as much of the software utilized in their programs runs best natively on a Windows platform. We strongly suggest taking advantage of the CDW purchasing program. If you do not purchase one of the laptops under this program, please note that any laptop you bring to campus must meet or surpass the laptop requirements outlined below in order to successfully run the programs that will be used in your courses.
If you purchase a Stevens-ready laptop from CDW, your laptop will come preloaded with the software you’ll need to succeed at Stevens, and will be easily connected with the network, hardware and software components on campus. Each model has been approved by faculty for your classes. As an added bonus, if your laptop should ever need service for longer than 24 hours, you will receive a free loaner laptop while we work to resolve any issues. As a significant additional benefit, if you purchase the recommended 3- or 4-year Care Pack agreement and were to ever have problems, your new laptop can be repaired on campus by our HP-trained and certified technicians. This would even include coverage for accidental damage from spills, drops and screen cracks.
Music & Technology and Visual Arts & Technology Majors
Mac computers are often used in these fields, and software is often developed to run natively on the Mac platform that are used in courses in these majors. Students who plan to major in the Music & Technology and Visual Arts & Technology programs should bring a laptop with them to Stevens. A Mac purchasing program is available for Stevens students through Apple. Note that all laptops must meet or surpass the laptop requirements as outlined below, whether they are purchased through Apple under this program or in other ways.
Minimum technical standards matter! If you do not have a laptop that fully meets these requirements you may be asked to replace it so that you will be able to continue in your courses successfully.
Minimum Requirements for Student Laptops in Fall 2019
Note: The HP laptops available for purchase under the CDW discount partnership have been configured to meet or exceed the standards below.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 (or AMD equivalent)
- Display: 14-inch or larger
- Memory: 8GB or higher
- Hard Drive: 256GB SSD or higher
- I/O ports: Two USB 3.0 ports
- Video out: HDMI or DisplayPort
- Wireless: AC preferred, N minimum
- OS: Windows 10
Minimum Requirements for Art/Music & Technology Majors
- Type: MacBook Pro
- Display: 15-inch or larger
- Memory: 16GB or higher
- 2.2GHz processor (2.6 or 2.7GHz will be faster)
- At least 256GB hard drive (512GB or larger will be better)
*The MacBook Air/MacBook's screen size does not meet requirements.
Software Provided by Stevens
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Virtual Learning Environment
- Adobe creative suite
- and more!
The Stevens Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a Cloud-based access to your academic applications. The Stevens VLE delivers the applications you need as a student in a private cloud-based environment on any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device through a web browser.
Questions or concerns? Please contact Stevens’ IT User Support Services with questions at [email protected] or 201-216-5500.
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