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Computer Recommendation

Recommended Laptop Computer Specs for Engineering          Class of 2025 

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


  • Processor: Intel i5 (10th Gen) i5-10210U Quad core, 1.6 GHz
  • Primary Memory: 8GB RAM (16GB RAM)
  • Secondary Memory: 256GB disk, 5400RPM (256GB Solid State Disk)
  • Wired Networking: IEEE 802.3 100BASE-T Fast Ethernet
  • Wireless Networking: IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
  • Graphics processor: Intel UHD Graphics 620, In-plane switching (IPS) technology
  • English keyboard
  • Three-year limited warranty (Four-year limited warranty)
  • Three-year accidental damage coverage (Four-year accidental damage coverage)


  • 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.

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