Although it is not required, many students chose to bring a computer to Lafayette. Some of the high-level software used in engineering is only accessible on the college-owned workstations which are widely available throughout the engineering facility or virtually through Amazon AppStream.

A major decision for students buying a computer is Mac or Windows. In the end it is a matter of preference, however, much of the engineering software that is available for download is made for Windows. A Mac can still be used, but requires installation of a Windows emulator. Some Mac users will install Mac versions on their personal computers when they are available and use Lafayette computers for apps that do not run on a Mac.

For students who chose a Windows 10/11 laptop, the following is recommended:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD equivalent
  • Display: your preference, but 14” or larger, built in web-cam, microphone
  • Memory: 8GB or higher
  • Hard Drive: 256GB or higher (SSD is best)
  • I/O ports: Two USB 3.0 ports
  • Video out: HDMI or DisplayPort
  • Wireless: AC preferred, N minimum
  • OS: Windows 10/11

For students who chose an Apple laptop, the following is recommended:

  • all of the new Apple notebook computers will do the job.

For additional information, visit the Technology Help page FAQ.