Undergraduate Admissions

College of Engineering Laptop Requirement

Incoming students—both first-year and transfer—intending to enroll in engineering or engineering management are required to have a laptop. Second year students enrolled in the College of Engineering for 2018-19 are also required to have a laptop.

Laptops are needed for in-class instructional purposes in required Engineering Fundamentals courses. You’ll use your laptop to solve problems, collaborate, discuss applications of engineering, and work on engineering projects. 

Laptop Specifications

We understand you may already have a laptop. There’s no need to buy a new one if yours meets the minimum specifications below. We strongly encourage you to bring a laptop that meets the recommended specifications—the memory and storage capacity will allow you to effectively run necessary software and process data provided to you for assignments.

 

Minimum

Specifications

Recommended

Specifications

Fall 2018 Semester

Spring 2019 Semester

Summer 2019 Semester

Required for all new engineering and engineering management students

Encouraged for all new engineering and engineering management students

Processor

Intel i5

Intel i7

Memory

8GB RAM

16GB RAM

Storage

500GB

1TB

Other

  • 1TB external drive recommended for backup and additional storage
  • HDMI output or HDMI adapter to connect to classroom facilities
  • Wireless adapter capable of 802.11ac
  • 1TB external drive recommended for backup and additional storage
  • HDMI output or HDMI adapter to connect to classroom facilities
  • Wireless adapter capable of 802.11ac

 

A laptop meeting only the minimum specifications is unlikely to last for your entire Michigan Tech career. The more capacity and power your laptop has, the more likely it will serve your needs throughout your time at Michigan Tech.

If you are planning to buy a new laptop, expect to pay between $900 and $1,500 for a model with the recommended specifications. See additional information on computer recommendations.