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Engineering Computer Requirement

For Summer/Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Entering Engineering Students

Latest Update: 6/21//2022

Intel Processors recommended. M1/ARM processors (M1 Macs, Surface Pro X) are not guaranteed to run software bundles and not recommended. Students are responsible for academic consequences of deviation from the requirement.

Latest MacBook Information - Checked June 21, 2022

  Minimum Requirement Recommendation
OS: Windows 10 or 11
(MacOS and Chrome OS not supported)
Processor: Intel i5 or i7, 10th Gen or newer Intel i7, 11th Gen or newer
Memory: 16 GB RAM 16+ GB RAM
Hard Drive: 500 GB or larger Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 TB or larger Solid State Drive (SSD)
Warranty: 3 Year w/accident protection 4 Year w/accident protection
Input Tool:   Integrated Active Stylus (Wacom or N-trig)
Graphics Card:   Discrete/dedicated (such as NVIDIA or AMD)
Video Conferencing Tools: Built-in Mic, Speakers, & Camera Add a Headset with mic

Minimum Requirements

  • Computer: A laptop or 2-in-1 tablet with specifications meeting the minimum requirement -- see chart above.
  • Wireless: required
  • Warranty: 3 years onsite with accidental damage coverage (4 years recommended).
  • SoftwareUniversity Undergraduate bundle and Engineering Software Bundle.
  • Backup: It is imperative that you back up your work. Backup space is provided for all VT students on Microsoft O365 and Google Drive
  • 2-Factor Authentication Devices: All VT users will be asked for a secondary confirmation of their identity at log-in, using a device in their possession, such as a smartphone or security token. More information
This requirement defines the minimum computing platform necessary for use during the four-year undergraduate academic cycle in the College of Engineering. The recommendations are optional specifications that can be mixed and matched to provide an improved computing experience.

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