*All students are required to have a laptop computer that meets the following minimum specifications for their program/major*

Minimum Laptop Requirements

  • Type: PC or Mac
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7 or AMD equivalent
  • Display: 13” or larger
  • Memory: 8GB or higher for PC / 16GB or higher for MAC
  • 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 (preferred) for PC / El Capitan (Sierra preferred) with ability to run Windows in Parallels or Bootcamp for Mac
  • Warranty: 3 years’ minimum

Minimum Requirements for Science/Engineering Majors

  • Type: PC
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD equivalent
  • Display: 14” 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 (preferred) for PC
  • Warranty: 3 years’ minimum

Minimum Requirements for Art/Music & Technology Majors

The requirements for Visual Arts & Technology majors and minors is slightly different from the engineering students. Most artists and designers will encounter Apple computers in the workplace and are considered industry standard. While all students will be able to complete the required coursework with a PC, it is highly suggested that Visual Arts & Technology students purchase an Apple laptop. Please note that Apple offers educational discounts. PC laptops should have similar or better specifications, as outlined on the Stevens website. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Apple MacBook Pro

  • 15-inch screen
  • 2.2GHz processor (2.6 or 2.7GHz will be faster)
  • 16GB RAM (more will be better, especially for animation projects)
  • At least 256GB hard drive (512GB or larger will be better)

A MacBook Pro with Retina Display is not required, though it is an excellent computer and is recommended; the MacBook Air/MacBook's screen is too small for graphics work and is not recommended.

SUGGESTED ADDITIONS

  • AppleCare Protection Plan (covers faulty parts and some repairs for 3 years)
  • External hard-drive for backup (LaCie, Western Digital, or Seagate recommended) or an online backup service

SOFTWARE PROVIDED BY STEVENS

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office suite