Student Computer Purchasing

As a WCU student you are required to have a laptop when you come to campus. Below you will find information about our minimum and recommended computer specifications, including some majors that have special requirements. WCU offers an Education discount through Apple and Dell, visit apple.wcu.edu and dell.wcu.edu to learn more. All WCU Faculty, Staff, and Students get free access to Microsoft Office 365 and Antivirus for their personal devices. View our setup guide.

Campus Computer Specifications

Campus Minimum Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>250GB Hard Disk Drive
Campus Recommended Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i7 or AMD Quad Core A8 Processor
16GB Ram
>250GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
College of Arts & Sciences
World Languages
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>250GB Hard Disk Drive
College of Arts & Sciences
English, History, and Philosophy and Religion
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>500GB Hard Disk Drive
College of Arts & Sciences
Communication
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor
16GB Ram

>500GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
College of Arts & Sciences
Biology, Chemistry & Physics, and Crimonology & Criminal Justice
Windows 10 (PC or a Mac running windows)
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor (Processor must be at least 2.2GHz)
8GB Ram
>500GB Hard Disk Drive
College of Business Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>250GB Hard Disk Drive
College of Education and Allied Professions Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>250GB Hard Disk Drive
College of Engineering & Technology Windows 10
2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor
8GB Ram
>500GB Solid State Drive
Other Recommendations: 15" screen, minimium of 1 USB port, advanced graphics card, and external mouse with scroll wheel
College of Fine & Performing Arts MacBook Pro with a minimum of 4GB graphics card running Mac OS 10.12 Sierra
2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor
16 GB Ram
>500GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Other Recommendations: 15" Screen
Graphic Design: Students will need Adobe After Effects, Animate, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop for some of their classes
College of Fine & Performing Arts
Interior Design Program
Windows 10 (PC or a Mac running windows)
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>500GB Hard Disk Drive
Other Recommendations: Students will need the student version of Photoshop. Program does not recommend Mac', as the required CADD software is made for PCs. 
College of Heath & Human Sciences Mac OS 10.12 Sierra or Windows 10
Intel i5 or AMD Phenom II Processor
8GB Ram
>500GB Solid State Drive
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