College of Engineering Laptop Buying Guide

Although Wichita State University’s state-of-the-art labs offer all the necessary software and computer facilities for its students, here are some recommended specifications if you will be purchasing a laptop for college.

CPU: Minimum Intel 11th generation i5 (12th generation recommended but not essential)

RAM: Minimum 8GB or 16GB if there is not a dedicated GPU/graphics card

Storage: Minimum 256GB SSD (solid state drive)

Graphics: Consider getting a dedicated video card, such as Nvidia or AMD, to provide a better experience with 3D modeling

While we do not recommend specific brands or models of laptops, MacBooks and Chromebooks are not recommended due to compatability issues with some software programs.