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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.

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
Windows laptop (see below for details)
Interior Design
Windows laptop (see below for details)
Film & Video
Apple laptop or iMac
Graphic Design
Apple laptop or iMac (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.

Apple

MBP

MacBook Pro, 13-inch or 15-inch

Component Recommendation
Processor 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Installed Memory 8 GB
Graphics Card Intel Iris Pro
Hard Drive 512 GB flash based storage
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

iMac, 21.5-inch display

Component Recommendation
Processor 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
Installed Memory 8 GB
Graphics Card Intel Iris Pro
Hard Drive 1 TB fusion hard drive
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 iMac
 
Note: Drexel students purchasing through DrexelOne receive an added $25 discount on any MacBook Pro bundled with the 3-year AppleCare plan

Windows

Component Recommendation
Processor Intel i series; e.g. i5 or greater recommended
Installed Memory 8 GB
Operating System Windows 7/10
Hard Drive 512 GB flash based hard drive
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

Architecture

Graphic Design

Interior Design

Component Recommendation
Installed Memory 8 GB
Graphics Card Nvidia Quadro


All Majors

Note: We strongly recommend all majors use a cloud based backup service (such as CrashPlanCarbonite or Connected Backup) 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 sofware that is available please visit the Drexel Software site.

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