The following specifications and recommendations assume that a laptop should serve the student's computing needs for four years of engineering coursework. It may be possible to get by with a less capable machine initially, but performance will degrade more rapidly as the software demands change over time. We strongly suggest that a student have a laptop that meets the recommended specifications. If you are going to be studying Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering or Civil and Construction Engineering a macOS computer may not be the right choice and we strongly suggest you read the info in the Windows vs macOS FAQ entry below.
|Minimum Specifications||Recommended Specifications|
Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU
Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 CPU
512GB SSD or larger
|Graphics||AMD or Intel integrated graphics||Discrete NVIDIA or AMD graphics processor|
|Communications||802.11g/n, webcam, microphone||802.11ac, webcam, microphone|
|Operating System||macOS or Windows||macOS or Windows|
|If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
Many departments will require you to run software that is Microsoft Windows only!
Students in Civil and Construction Engineering and Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering programs will need to run Windows-only software with heavier 3D graphics needs. We highly recommend that students purchase a native windows laptop if entering these programs.
If you choose to purchase an Apple laptop, you will need to run Windows software via virtualization software, or else, rely entirely on the College of Engineering's Citrix Virtual App or Virtual Desktop (home internet speeds can affect Citrix performance).
The college computer labs are another option, but are limited in their capacity. A laptop with dedicated NVIDIA/Radeon RX/Vega graphics for these majors may aid in modeling software.
CBEE: Windows or Mac
CCE: Windows only, dedicated/discrete GPU
EECS: Windows or Mac (CPU capable of hardware virtualization HIGHLY recommended)
MIME: Windows only, dedicated/discrete GPU
NSE: Windows or Mac
All OSU students have FREE access to Microsoft Office 365 to install on their personally owned computers (Mac and/or PC).
Virtually all the software you will need for your classes will be available to you either free or at a substantial discounts through campus channels.