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Computer recommendations for Rutgers students

kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store

Systems meeting the recommendations outlined on this page can be found at the Rutgers kite+key Tech Store. Note that all students will need access to a computer for coursework and other Rutgers resources.

Check with your school

Students should check with their school or department for any discipline-specific technology requirements. In some cases, there is no need to purchase equipment because it is provided by the school.

Technical specifications for recommended computers

Please note these are the minimum recommended requirements. When purchasing new equipment, systems with the specifications below will meet the needs of most students for four years. Students are encouraged to contact their department or program to determine if they have their own recommendations.

ComponentRecommended PCRecommended Mac
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 (14th generation or better)Apple M2 (or better)
16 GB or better
Hard Disk
256 GB SSD
Webcam and Mic
Operating SystemWindows 11macOS Sonoma
Battery life
Minimum of 6-8 hours without charging

Additional guidance and recommendations

Laptops recommended

While desktop systems have the necessary capabilities, a laptop is recommended as a student’s primary computer. Chromebooks and tablets are not recommended as a primary computer unless specifically endorsed or provided by your school or department.

Tablets and Chromebooks

The ease of use and portability of Chromebooks and tablets, such as the iPad, make them an attractive option for students. Though not recommended as a primary computer, they can be beneficial to supplement a student’s educational experience.

Consider a warranty upgrade

Standard warranties typically provide one year of coverage and require the device to be returned for repair. Consider upgrading for on-site service, accidental damage protection, and a term covering the time to your degree.

Software for students

Virtual computer lab

Get remote access to computer lab software, whenever you want it, by using the virtual computer lab.

University Software Portal

Rutgers provides access to Microsoft Office, antivirus software, and a variety of specialized software needed for your studies.