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 3 year warranty with your laptop. Learn More.

School-Specific Notes

Students should have their laptop with them when they arrive for the fall semester. If you own a laptop that was purchased in the last two years, it should be sufficient for your time at the Brown School. If your system is older than two years old, we strongly suggest you purchase a new system.

The Brown School has a separate web page listing computer requirements that goes into more detail than this site. Click the button below to view.

Windows

Brown School requirements are the same as University Requirements.

FeatureUniversity Minimum Requirements
CPU +i5 or AMD equivalent
RAM 8 GB minimum
GraphicsIntegrated graphics
OSWindows 10
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD
Displayn/a
Connectivity Wireless
OtherWebcam+mic

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

Some course software may be not be compatible with MacOS, so you may need to purchase a Windows license and virtualization software as well.

FeatureUniversity Minimum Requirements
CPU+ i5
RAM+ 8 GB
Graphicsn/a
OSCurrently supported macOS version
Hard Drive 256GB SSD
Displayn/a
Connectivitywireless
Otherwebcam+mic

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.