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Computer Requirements

As you probably know, all Drexel students are required to have access to a personal computer. Below are our computer specifications for each Westphal College major that. If you purchase a laptop, we recommend purchasing a cable-type computer lock and a wireless networking option. More information about our networks is available at: Drexel Networking Support

During freshmen year, most students will use their computers primarily for email, web access, research, and writing. Therefore, if you already have a computer, bring that with you and delay purchase of a new system until sophomore year. As you progress, your studio coursework will demand greater computing power, and you will be better able to determine your own computing needs and preferences.

Purchase Apple computer products through DrexelOne.

Computer Specifications

Each program within the College has different computing requirements. Please refer to list of programs and their recommended platforms below to guide your purchase. Unless your program is specifically indicated below, either platform will suffice.

Program Platform
Architecture - Requirements [PDF] Windows laptop (see below for details)
Interior Design
Windows laptop (see below for details)
Film & Television Apple laptop
Graphic Design - Requirements [PDF]
Apple laptop (see below for details)
Music Industry Apple laptop
All other majors  Apple or Windows laptop 

Minimum Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements for the computer that you will be purchasing. Any information not listed here, such as cd-rom drives, etc, is completely up to you and your budget.



MacBook Pro, 13-inch or 15-inch

Component Recommendation
Processor 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Installed Memory 8GB
Graphics Card Intel Iris Plus
Hard Drive 512GB SSD
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/n/c at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – Drexel top speeds/security require 5 GHz)
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro


Component Recommendation
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7
Installed Memory 8GB
Operating System Windows 10
Hard Drive 512GB SSD
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/n/c at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – Drexel top speeds/security require 5 GHz)

Additional Requirements


Graphic Design

Interior Design

Component Recommendation
Installed Memory 8GB
Graphics Card Nvidia Quadro

All Majors

Note: We strongly recommend all majors use a cloud based backup service (such as Carbonite or Backblaze) or purchase a portable hard drive for backups. 

Note: Many students will find having a USB 2.0 keychain-type storage device or a small portable hard drive convenient for transferring files between their personal computer and computers in our design studios.

Note: You do not need to purchase Antivirus software with you computer. That software, along with some others, is available free to all Drexel students. To see all of the software that is available please visit the Drexel Software site.

Further information about computer purchases is available via Drexel's web site here.

Purchase Apple computer products through DrexelOne.