Computing Device Requirement

All students are required to have a portable computing device. This will help maximize your success in a range of class scenarios during your college career.

Students living off campus are strongly encouraged to have regular and reliable Internet access.

Device Specifications

If you own a laptop, there's no need to buy a new one if it meets the minimum specifications below. However, we strongly encourage you to bring a device that meets the recommended specifications; the additional memory and storage capacity will allow you to effectively run necessary software and process data provided to you for class assignments and will likely serve your needs throughout your time at Michigan Tech. If you are planning to buy a new laptop, expect to pay between $1,100 and $2,000 for a model with the recommended specifications. 

General Device Hardware Specifications
  Recommended Minimum

Operating System (OS)
Departments can specify different OS requirements

Windows 11 - Windows 11 is installed by default on the majority of new computers sold today. Windows 10 will no longer be supported by Microsoft in October 2025.


Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7, 2022 or better

Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 , 2022 or better





1 TB SSD (Solid State Drive)

512 GB SSD


Dedicated graphics card with at least 4 GB of VRAM

Integrated graphics or a discrete/dedicated graphics card


  • 1 TB external drive recommended for backup and additional space. Google Drive also available for storage and backup of important documents
  • HDMI output or HDMI adapter to connect to classroom facilities
  • Wireless adapter
  • Built-in or external webcam, and headphones with connected microphone
  • Must be portable enough to bring to class on a daily basis

Departmental Requirements

Below are departments with additional requirements for students to consider when choosing a laptop. 



Technical / Specifications

Accessories / Peripherals / Software