2013-2014 Computer Specifications
Specifications for required laptops for freshmen students entering the Bagley College of Engineering in the Fall of 2013 have been established. Based on our many years of experience with our laptop requirements, we do not recommend students purchase laptops until mid-June or early-July. This provides adequate time to order and receive the laptop.
Students who are transferring from another institution are only required to meet the computer requirements in effect at the time they were freshmen.
Requirements for 2014-2015 academic year will be posted in May 2014.
After a thorough study of various methods to enhance computer skills, the College of Engineering decided that each student should have unrestricted access to his or her own computer. This computer should be available to them 24 hours a day; should be customized to reflect their preferences; and should be integrated into their everyday lives. Computer labs cannot provide this type of access.
Effective with the Fall 1999 semester, all entering freshmen were required to have a personal computer that meets or exceeds certain minimum specifications. Each department has been allowed as much freedom as possible in integrating computers into their curricula; some have chosen to encourage computer use in class, others are relying more on using computers outside class. Laptop computers not only make it possible for students to use computers in class, but they also make collaborative projects easier and facilitate the formation of study groups.