Northern Kentucky University recommends the following minimum configurations for students, faculty or staff who are purchasing or bringing computers to campus.

A student's program requirements, budget, and preference should be the primary factors in choosing a computing device. A student should also consider the major he or she will be pursuing, as some areas of study may have more stringent requirements than the recommendations listed below.

Minimum Laptop Configurations (Updated May 2016)

 

windows

Windows Laptop

Minimum Configuration for most general studies courses. However, check with your college for major-specific requirements.


Processor: 2.6Ghz i5 or faster
RAM: 8GB*
Hard Drive: 320GB or larger^
Wireless Access: 802.11 a/n dual band
Operating Systems: Windows 10 or newer (Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are sufficient but any new purchase should be Windows 10)
Webcam: Yes
Microphone: Yes
Headphones: Yes

* Consider getting additional RAM if you plan to keep this computer for 4+ years
^ Solid State hard drives are not required, but improve machine performance

Dell Discount

Dell provides up to a 30% educational discount to student on many of their popular models.  Please visit their website for more information on the program.

macintosh

Apple Laptop

Minimum configuration for most general studies courses. However, check with your college for major-specific requirements.


Processor: 2.0Ghz i5 or faster
RAM: 8GB*
Hard Drive: 320GB
Wireless Access: 802.11 n/ac dual band
Operating System: Mac OS 10.9 or newer
Webcam: Yes
Microphone: Yes
Headphones: Yes

*Consider getting additional RAM if you plan to keep this computer for 4+ years

Apple Discount

Apple education pricing is a great way for college students and faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Newly accepted students are also eligible, as are parents purchasing on behalf of their student. By purchasing through the following website you are supporting Northern Kentucky University. You are able to have your order shipped directly to you, or choose to pick it up at your local Apple Retail Store.  Shop now...

Note:  Some colleges and/or majors have specific requirements that are beyond the minimum configuration recommendations.   

 

External Storage

Western Digital offers a 20% discount on purchases from students, faculty and staff of external storage devices. Free standard shipping is included on all orders. Visit the WD Education Store online.