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.

Learn how to place an order

Read about payment options

WashU requires that you purchase a three-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.

Note on Apple M1: Program-specific limitation may still exist, if needed please utilize virtual Windows resources

Windows

FeatureUniversity Minimum RequirementsRecommended
CPU+i5 or AMD equivalentIntel i7 8th gen or AMD equivalent
RAM8 GB minimum16 GB 
Graphicsn/adedicated graphics (NVIDIA)
OSWindows 10Windows 10
Hard Drive256 GB SSD512 GB SSD
Displayn/aFHD (1080p) or higher
ConnectivitywirelessWireless AX
OtherWebcam+micTwo USB 2.0/3.0 and/or USB-C
Warranty3 years3 years or more

Mac

Feature University Minimum RequirementsRecommended
CPU+i5 or Apple Silicon (M1)Intel i7 or Apple Silicon (M1)
Note on M1: Program-specific limitation may still exist, if needed please utilize virtual Windows resources
RAM8 GB16 GB 
Graphicsn/aNA
OSCurrently supported macOS versionmacOS 11
Hard Drive256 GB SSD512 GB SSD
Displayn/an/a
ConnectivityWirelessWireless
OtherTwo USB-C
Webcam+mic
Two or more USB-C (Thunderbolt 3)
Warranty3 years3 years or more
NotesDA300 adapter