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Computer Recommendation

Recommended Specifications for Laptop Computer for  Engineering Students

Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

Class of 2023

 

Please note that the specifications below are recommended minimums (preferred specs in italics).

Hardware

  • Processor: Intel i5 (Intel i7 - 8th Gen)
  • Primary Memory: 8GB RAM (16GB RAM)
  • Secondary Memory: 250GB disk, 5400RPM (250GB Solid State Disk)
  • Wired Networking: IEEE 802.3 100BASE-T Fast Ethernet
  • Wireless Networking: IEEE 802.11g/n compatible
  • Three-year limited warranty (Four-year limited warranty)
  • Three-year accidental damage coverage (Four-year accidental damage coverage)

Software

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro / Mac OS (64-bit, the default for Mac OS, is also recommended for Windows)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) which is available at the Vanderbilt Software Store
  • For Windows computers, Windows Defender - included in Windows 10 - or equivalent security software (i.e., software that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software)

 

Note:   Whatever computer (PC, Apple, other) you bring for use in the TransIT program, it must be able to run application software designed to run on Microsoft Windows in upper level classes.  There are many different ways to achieve this, and the software to do this is available in the Vanderbilt Software Store, including the Windows operating system itself, available as a free download.

For more information visit:  https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/transit

For questions, please contact the VUIT Team at VUSE at dts.se.support@vanderbilt.edu or by calling 615.875.7170