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Recommended Specifications For Personally-Owned Computers

Component Recommendation
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7 or AMD Ryzen
Operating Systems

Students and others buying personally-owned computers: For personal and academic use, Windows 10 or Apple OS X* -- see "Apple Users" note below.

Core Enterprise Business Application Users: Use Smart Source, available through DrexelOne, and call your departmental or IT tech support professional to arrange set up.

Memory (RAM) 16 GB
Network and Wireless

Integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Ethernet Cable

REQUIRED: Dual-Band 2.4 - 5 GHz Wireless 802.11 ac/a/n

NOT RECOMMENDED: Single-Band (2.4 GHz) Wireless Cards such as b/g/n


Display & Graphics Card

If your work is graphically intensive or involves engineering design or Web rendering, you should consider additional graphics memory and a large-screen laptop or an additional larger monitor.


The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems requires incoming students to have a Windows or Mac OS laptop. See below note for Apple users.

  • Wireless: Dual-band 802.11ac/a/n with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz built in. Reliable top speeds and Security require 5 GHz. Airport for Mac meets the Wireless requirements.
  • Graphics Media Accelerator
  • Three-year Minimum Extended Warranty

Important Note For Apple Users

Students purchasing Macintosh laptops that may need to run Windows software must be prepared to partition their drive using BootCamp or run virtualization software such as Parallels or VMWare--and then INSTALL MICROSOFT WINDOWS BEFORE ARRIVING ON CAMPUS. Some Engineering software is only available for Windows. See the JourneyEd link in DrexelOne on the Drexel tab for availability of virtualization software and Windows. Information about BootCamp can be found here: