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

Olin offers a virtual computer lab to access additional software. Visit the Olin website for more information.

Note on Apple M1: Olin does not recommend students purchase Macs with Apple Silicon/M1 at this time

Windows

FeatureUniversity Minimum RequirementsRecommended
CPU+i5 or AMD equivalenti5 or i7
RAM8 GB minimum+8 GB
Graphicsn/an/a
OSWindows 10Windows 10
Hard Drive256 GB SSD+256 GB SSD
Displayn/an/a
ConnectivitywirelessWireless Ethernet
OtherWebcam+mic+8 GB USB flash drive
Warranty3 years3 year w/onsite

Mac

FeatureUniversity Minimum RequirementsRecommended
CPU+i5 or Apple Silicon (M1)i5 or i7
Note on M1: Olin does not recommend students purchase Macs with Apple Silicon/M1 at this time
RAM8 GB+ 8 GB
Graphicsn/an/a
OSCurrently supported macOS versionmost recent mac OS version
Hard Drive256 GB SSD+ 250 GB SSD
Displayn/an/a
ConnectivityWirelessWireless Ethernet
PortsTwo USB-C
Webcam+mic
webcam+mic
Warranty3 years3 years minimum
NotesDoes not recommend students purchase Macs with Apple Silicon/M1 at this time