Computer Purchase Info 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 Lenovo and Microsoft Surface at the NC State Bookstore to provide the best laptop/tablet options for NC State at special education prices. 

We have also partnered with Apple, but 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.

Software, Hardware and Antivirus Guidelines

Software

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

Hardware

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.

  Windows Based (Preferred)
Mac Based
MaximumProcessor5th Generation Intel Core I5, or 6th Generation Core M7 or betterIntel Core i7 processor (turbo boost up to 3.4 GHz)
Memory8 GB Minimum16 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Educational, or Pro (build 1607 or higher)OS X El Capitan
Hard Disk Driv256 GB SSD256 Flash Storage
Wireless(802.11a/b/g/n compliant)N/A
MinimumProcessorIntel Core i5, Dual Core 2.5 or better256 Flash Storage
Memory4 GB Minimum4GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Educational, or Pro (build 1607 or higher)OS X EI Capitan
Hard Disk Drive500 GB HDD or 256 SSD500 GB 5400-RPM hard drive
WirelessWireless: (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)N/A

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.

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