Computer Purchase Information for Students

While a laptop is not required for every student at NC State, we strongly recommend that every student invest in their own laptop to excel in their ability to learn.  We have partnered with Apple, Dell, Lenovo and Microsoft at the NC State Bookstore to provide the best laptop/tablet options for NC State at special education prices.

*Strongly encouraged – New or readmitted students beginning their programs with the Poole College of Management effective May 13, 2020 are strongly encouraged to have access to an integrated web cam via their laptops or an external web cam for use with their desktops. These web cams will be used for online instruction, quizzes, testing and final exams.

Windows Based – RECOMMENDED

Maximum

Processor: Intel Core i7 or better

Memory: 16 GB Minimum

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Educational or Pro (build 1607 or higher)

Hard Disk Drive: 512 GB SSD

Wireless:  (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)

Web Camera & Microphone

Minimum

Processor: Intel Core i5 or better

Memory: 8 GB Minimum

Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 10 Educational or Pro (build 1607 or higher)

Hard Disk Drive:  256 GB SSD

Wireless: Wireless:  (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)

Web Camera & Microphone

Mac Based

(Please note that some of the upper level courses in certain plans of study in the Poole College of Management use software that is not compatible with Apple operating systems.)

Maximum

Processor:  Intel Core i7 processor (turbo boost up to 3.4 GHz)

Memory:  16 GB Minimum

Operating System:  OS X Catalina (v.10.15)

Hard Disk Drive:  512 Flash Storage

Web Camera & Microphone

Minimum

Processor:  Intel Core i5 processor (turbo boost up to 3.12 GHz)

Memory:  8 GB Minimum

Operating System:  OS X Catalina (v.10.15)

Hard Disk Drive:  256 Flash Storage

Web Camera & Microphone

NC State Bookstore Purchases

If a laptop is purchased through the NC State Bookstore, students can receive computer support at the OIT Walk-In Center that includes these areas:

  • Operating System
  • Software
  • Network Connectivity
  • Warranty and hardware repair

Location

Central Campus

West Dunn Building, Room 101

2901 Thurman Drive at intersection with Dan Allen Drive

Raleigh, NC 27695

Software

Microsoft Office 365, including full downloadable versions of Office products, is available free for NCSU students from the NCSU Office 365 website.

Antivirus

NC State University requires use of an approved and up-to-date antivirus program for all computers connected to the NC State network.  Anti-virus software recommendations are available at Antivirus Products.