Be sure to review the minimum and recommended requirements below so that the laptop you choose is the right one for your schoolwork.

Purchasing Options

Both Apple and Windows laptops can be purchased from the WashU Campus Store’s e-commerce site, which can ship your order.

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WashU requires that you purchase a 3 year warranty with your laptop. Learn More.

School-Specific Notes

Specific programs in A&S may require higher performance. For these, you can benefit from the ‘Plus’ descriptions below.

Windows

FeatureUniversity Minimum RequirementsArts and Sciences ‘Plus’ Experience
CPU+i5 or AMD equivalent Intel i7
RAM8 GB minimum 16GB
GraphicsIntegrated graphicsDiscrete GFX card
OSWindows 10Windows 10
Hard Drive256 GB SSD512 GB SSD
Displayn/a 13″ FHD (1920×1080)
ConnectivityWireless Wireless (802.11AC)

BlueTooth
Other Webcam+mic Webcam+mic (built-in or external)

Multiport dongle for Ethernet, video, USB. (The Dell DA300 dongle is recommended.)

3-year warranty

This Model Meets the University Minimum Requirements

Dell 15 Inspiron 5000

Windows

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 meets all of the WashU minimum requirements. It can be purchased from the WashU Campus Store.

Mac

FeatureUniversity Minimum RequirementsArts and Sciences ‘Plus’ Experience
CPU+i5 or i7 i7
RAM8 GB16GB
Graphics n/a Discrete GFX card
OSCurrently supported macOS version Currently supported macOS version
Hard Drive256 GB512 GB SSD
Displayn/a 13″ FHD (1920×1080)
ConnectivityWirelessWireless (802.11AC)

BlueTooth
OtherTwo USB-C

Webcam+mic
Webcam+mic (built-in or external)

Multiport dongle for Ethernet, video, USB. (The Dell DA300 dongle is recommended.)

3-year warranty

This Model Meets the University Minimum Requirements

Mac

The 13″ MacBook Pro meets all of the WashU minimum requirements. It can be purchased from the WashU Campus Store.