McMicken College Laptop Requirements

All incoming A&S students (freshmen and transfer) are required to purchase laptop computers. This requirement extends to all A&S majors, including Exploratory Studies. Listed below are minimum specifications for computers, which are available at the UC Bookstore.

Minimum Specifications

  • Processor speed: Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Memory: 4GB or higher
  • Storage Capacity: 320GB or higher
  • Screen Size: 13" or higher

It's highly recommended that students purchase at least three years of warranty protection with their laptop.

The UC Bookstore offers a wide variety of computers from Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard meeting the above requirements.

If students choose to purchase laptops from the UC Bookstore, it is recommended to buy them during orientation to get the best sale prices on laptops and software needs. Student IDs are required to get discounted rates.

Laptops can be purchased from any source, so long as they are comparable to the specifications above.

Journalism majors, please note: A Mac laptop is preferred for 2011 incoming freshmen and required for 2012 incoming freshmen. Journalism majors in the photojournalism concentration are required to have a Mac laptop.