To meet Program Learning Outcomes for the upcoming academic year and to provide access to technology, it is highly recommended that students own a laptop with wireless networking capabilities meeting or exceeding the recommended laptop requirements specified below. Microsoft Office is required and is available free of charge via Office 365. Instructions for installation of Office 365 can be accessed through the Microsoft Office 365 page on the left. While basic computer lab capability is provided in the Library Commons, there may be program specific computer requirements. Students should see the course catalog for specific program or course computer requirements as well.

  Windows PC Macintosh

Operating System

Windows 10 or newer

macOS 11 Big Sur or newer

Processor Type

Intel Core i5 or higher processor

M1 chip or higher^
Intel Core i5 or higher processor


8 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive

250 GB or higher


4 year parts and labor with accidental damage protection

3 year parts and labor with accidental damage protection/Applecare

Windows emulation software


Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion


* A warranty agreement from the manufacturer is recommended for any student laptop. 

^ Newer Macbooks with an M1 or M2 chip will NOT be able to dual-boot Windows or run Windows in a virtual machine. Before getting a Macbook with an M1 or M2 chip, please check with your advisor to ensure that your program will not require Windows specific software. 

Recommended Accessories

Laptops with an Ethernet Adapter included: We recommend using an ethernet cord and utilizing your data port in your dorm room for classes and homework as this network connectivity is more reliable than a WiFi signal. If the laptop you purchase does not have an ethernet port, you can buy an ethernet-to-USB adapter and connect that way.

External hard drive: Strongly recommended for data backup in case of laptop failure.

Personal Printer : There are two public printers available on campus, but during high volume traffic times they may have long wait times. The printer will need to have a wired connection; wireless printers are not allowed in dorm rooms.

USB Storage Devices: Strongly recommended for their ease of use as a secondary file storage location.

Ethernet cable: These are required for wired connections on campus.
Chromebooks and iPads are not a viable option as your primary laptop/device!

For questions concerning hardware and software minimum specifications, please contact:

Newberry College Office of Campus Technology Help Desk (803) 321-5646