The laptops and specifications listed on this page are good, general recommendations for any incoming undergraduate student coming to Washington University in St. Louis.

Some schools and programs require you to be able to run certain software packages, so they may have additional computer requirements or recommendations. To ensure you buy the laptop that’s the best fit for your program please visit the page for your school.

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

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

University Minimum Requirements

FeatureWindowsMac
CPU+i5 or AMD equivalent +i5 or Apple Silicon (M1)

Note: Students need to check their school-specific IT page to see if there are any program-specific limitations on Apple Silicon
RAM8 GB minimum 8 GB
Graphicsn/a n/a
OSWindows 10 Currently supported macOS version
Hard Drive256 GB SSD256 GB SSD
Displayn/a n/a
ConnectivityWireless Wireless
OtherWebcam+mic Two USB-C
Webcam+mic

These Meet the University Minimum Requirements

Dell Inspiron 14 7000

This machine meets all of the Wash U minimum requirements. It can be purchased from the Wash U Bookstore.

MacBook Air 13” Laptop (M1)

This machine meets all of the Wash U minimum requirements. It can be purchased from the Wash U Bookstore.

Note: The 3-year warranty is currently a separate purchase, please contact the bookstore for additional information.