If you are looking to purchase a computer to be used for your coursework, please note the recommendations provided by individual schools and colleges below.

Need Help? If you have questions related to these recommendations, please contact your school or college directly.  For additional technical assistance, contact the ITS Help Desk by calling at 315-443-2677, by emailing help@syr.edu, or by stopping into 1-227 CST.

Incoming New Student?

Whether you'll be living on or off-campus, be sure to check out the checklist and IT resources available on the ITS New Student page at its.syr.edu/welcome.

Office 365 at Syracuse University

All Syracuse University students are encouraged to have a computer running Microsoft Office or Office 365. Active Syracuse University students can download and install Microsoft Office desktop applications on up to five computers (PC, Mac) and five mobile devices (iOS, Android). The subscription also includes Windows 10 if you need it. And , it’s FREE while you're an active Syracuse University student! For details, please visit the Office 365 at Syracuse University home page.

Recommendations by School or College

School or CollegeRecommendation
School of ArchitectureYou will use computers for CAD, 3D modeling, graphic design and architecture-specific applications. Macintosh users will need to run Windows in order to use certain programs. For more information visit http://soa.syr.edu/compbuy.
College of Arts & SciencesA&S students should have their own Apple or Windows computer, preferably a laptop.
School of EducationSOE students are encouraged to have a laptop computer. Students who are dually enrolled with music or art education should check The College of Visual and Performing Arts' recommendations to ensure they have the computer and software required.
College of Engineering and Computer Science

ECS students are strongly encouraged to have a notebook computer; for more specific information visit https://answers.syr.edu/x/0gGFAg.

Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics

Students should bring their own laptop or desktop computer, both Windows and macOS are acceptable.  The computer should be a fairly recent model to insure that it has adequate processor speed and memory, 8 – 16 GB of RAM is recommended. Most students will be running statistical analysis software at some point in their coursework as well as the usual business productivity software like Microsoft Office and Adobe products all of which can have above average computing requirements. Falk College has its own computer labs with all the software needed to complete coursework but students generally want to work on their own computers wherever they are making a laptop preferable.

School of Information Studies

iSchool students must have a laptop with Windows 10 or macOS. Chromebooks or tablets are not adequate for the technical demands of your coursework. Many of your classes will require you to use Microsoft Windows applications. Mac users can work with these applications in our Hinds Hall computer labs, or via virtualization. A Windows laptop is recommended.

Hardware Minimum Specifications: 8 GB RAM (16 GB if attempting virtualization), Intel i5/i7 processor, HDMI adapter, 25 GB of storage reserved for iSchool courses.

Visit https://ischool.syr.edu/current-students/matriculated-undergraduate-students/ for more information.

College of Law

College of Law students are required to supply and maintain a laptop in good working condition. A Windows laptop running Home, Pro, Education, or Enterprise versions of Windows 10, or an Apple laptop running MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) or higher is required. Laptops released within the last two years should be sufficient for the duration of your law school career. All devices must have at least 4GB of RAM (more is highly recommended) and 10GB or more of hard drive space. Processors must be equivalent to Dual-Core 2Ghz (Intel i5, AMD A10, or equivalent). Apple M1 processors are also acceptable. If the device is not equipped with an internal webcam and microphone, an external webcam and mic is required.

While iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks, Linux-based laptops, and similar devices may be useful tools for some tasks in law school, they are not compatible with our required testing software and thus do not fulfill the laptop requirement. Alternate versions of laptop operating systems, such as server editions or special editions like Windows RT or Windows 10-S are also not supported.  An additional monitor at your residence is strongly recommend for productivity and online instruction purposes. For further information, please visit  http://law.syracuse.edu/wp-content/uploads/Academic_Computing_Guidelines_2021.pdf.

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management

For information on computer hardware and software recommendations for incoming Whitman School of Management students, please visit https://whitman.syracuse.edu/group-for-information-for-pages/technology-recommendations.

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Students are encouraged to have their own laptops. 16 GB - 32 GB of RAM is recommended for students using their laptop for statistical (i.e. Stata, SPSS) or cartographic software such as ArcGIS. 

S.I. Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsTo ensure you can actively engage in your course work at the Newhouse School, you will need access to a personal computer.  For more information, please visit https://newhouse.syr.edu/about/facilities/technology-requirements.
College of Visual and Performing Arts

For information on computer hardware and software recommendations for incoming Visual and Performing Arts students, please visit

Computing Recommendations for all VPA Students.

College of Professional StudiesStudents should have access to a personal desktop or laptop computer. Please refer to your appropriate school or college for computer requirements specific to your program of study.


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