Laptop Recommendations

In most cases, the base specifications will suffice for your time as an undergraduate student. To help you in your decision-making, we've written out our recommendations below.


  • Processor: Intel i5 2.3Ghz dual-core
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 / 4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Operating System: MAC OS High Sierra or newer


  • Processor: Intel i5 2.50Ghz dual-core
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Professional

View sample computers that meet these specifications.

**Note: Students who are taking graphics or computational intensive courses should invest in a laptop with i7 CPU, dedicated GPU, and 16GB of Memory.**

Academic pricing options

Many companies offer discounts to students when purchasing a laptop. 







Staples, BestBuy, and Newegg


Budget laptops & devices

If you are looking for budget friendly options, Newegg offers refurbished devices which meet the requirements for CS courses. Various options are available for both PC & Apple.