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LAS Information Technology

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Student Computer Recommendations

Computer Recommendations

Starting in Fall 2020, all students are required to have a computer (either purchased or checked out through the Library or their department). 

We recommend using the MajorSuccess program through TechCYte to find the right device for your specific needs.


Typical UseWeb browsing, Microsoft Office-type applications, connecting to a remote computer. This is the minimum recommendation for all students in LAS.Running applications for software programming, video editing, modeling, etc.  A computer with these higher end options is appropriate for someone with a major or courses which involve more computation like Computer Science, Physics, Statistics, BPMI, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, etc.  Please verify with your department for any specific requirements to run specialized software.
ProcessorIntel Core i5/i7 or Apple M2/M3Intel Core i7/i9 or Apple M3
Memory16 GB16 GB
Storage256 GB512 GB
Video CardIntegratedIntegrated
Resolution1366×7681920×1080 (Full HD)
AccessoriesWebcam and headphones with microphoneWebcam and headphones with microphone

ISU has partnered with Dell and Apple to help students purchase and support their personal computers. Students can buy the computer directly from the company or through TechCyte at the ISU Bookstore. TechCyte Service Center is a warranty repair center for both Dell and Apple.


The choice of operating system between Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX is up to each individual.  Most applications used by majors within LAS will run on either operating system, or can be accessed remotely on servers or lab computers provided by the College or Department.

Many commonly needed software titles can be found at the below links.  Of note, Office 365 ProPlus is free for students.

IT Portal Student Software List