Overview

All undergraduate students at Michigan State are required to have a computer that can connect to the Internet. Some course sections or programs are taught with the expectation that students have access to a computer that meets specific minimum requirements. This document will outline those minimum requirements. In addition to the ComArtSci requirements, the University has it's own computer requirement policy. The University policy is far more broad, and defers to departments for specifics. For more informaton on the University requirement, please click here.

Minimum Specifications

Important Note:

Many ComArtSci courses and instructors use the Mac platform. If you purchase a Windows laptop, it is your responsibility to get your work done. You need may need to make use of one of the CAS Mac labs during available open hours to complete some of your required assignments. For this reason, CAS students are encouraged to have an Apple computer.

Recommended Models

Please Note: The following are recommendations form the ComArtSci Technology Department. None of these computers are required in any way to complete your coursework. Any computer that meets the above "Minimum Specifications" should be sufficient. If you are unsure if your computer meets the requirements please speak with an academic advisor, or contact the ComArtSci Technology Office.

13" MacBook Pro

  • 13" Retina Display
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
    • 3.1GHz
    • 6th Generation
    • Dual Core
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • 8GB Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Camera and Microphone
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan

Approximate Cost: $1,850

15" MacBook Pro

  • 15" Retina Display
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
    • 2.5GHz
    • 6th Generation
    • Quad Core
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • 16GB Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Camera and Microphone
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan

Approximate Cost: $2,230

14" Dell Latitude E7450

  • 14" HD LCD Screen
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
    • 2.6GHz
    • 5th Generation
    • Dual Core
  • Intel UMA Graphics
  • 8GB Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Camera and Microphone
  • Windows 10 Professional
  • 3-year Pro Support Warranty
  • 3-year Accidental Damage Service

Approximate Cost: $1,800

Microsoft Surface Book

  • 13.5-inch Touchscreen Display
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
    • 2.6GHz
    • 6th Generation
    • Dual Core
  • NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
  • 8GB Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Camera and Microphone
  • Windows 10 Professional
  • 3-year Extended Service Agreement

Approximate Cost: $2,400

 

Financial Aid

Students who qualify for financial aid may request up to $600 in additional aid in order to meet the computer requirement. Most students who qualify will receive loans.

Students with the highest need may receive grants. See more information and request forms from MSU’s Office of Financial Aid.

Computer Purchasing

The MSU Computer Store sells computer hardware and software to MSU students, faculty, and staff at educationally discounted prices. Popular software is available in some cases for less than half the retail price.

The Computer Store is located in room 110 of the Computer Center Building at 450 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, Michigan 48824. The Computer Center is next to the Administration Building. Purchases can also be made online.

Note: Students do not need to buy their computers at the MSU Computer Store.

 

Document Revised: 12/2/15