The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Laptop Requirement


The College of Engineering requires incoming students to have a laptop for use during their studies in and outside the classroom. The use of computers is essential for professionals in engineering and most other disciplines. This requirement allows your instructors to leverage state-of-the-art software to improve your education.

The requirements for laptop hardware are posted on the OIT website, with recommended configuration requirements that should be met. Both Windows (PCs) and Apple (Macs) operating systems are acceptable.

Note: Students planning on entering Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) should have a Windows-based laptop with a video card that supports the OpenGL 4.0 standard.

Note: Students planning on entering Chemical Engineering (ChE) will be required to use software that will only run on a Windows operating system, either on a Windows-based laptop or a Mac laptop using a Windows emulator.

Software is available to students through the Office of Information Technology and through arrangements with specific courses, and thus there is no requirement for specific software.