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Computer Requirements

Computer Requirements

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As you probably know, all Drexel students are required to have access to a personal computer. Below are our computer specifications for each Westphal College major. Regardless of major, your computer should have modem and Ethernet connection capability. If you purchase a laptop, we recommend purchasing a cable-type computer lock and a wireless networking option. More information about our networks is available at:

Drexel Networking Support.

During freshmen year, most students will use their computers primarily for email, web access, research, and writing. Therefore, if you already have a computer, bring that with you and delay purchase of a new system until sophomore year. As you progress, your studio coursework will demand greater computing power, and you will be better able to determine your own computing needs and preferences.

Computer Specifications

Each program within the College has different computing requirements. Please refer to list of programs and their allowed platforms below to guide your purchase. Unless your program is specifically indicated below, either platform will suffice.

Program Platform
Architecture Windows Laptop (see below for more details)
Interior Design Windows Laptop (see below for more details)
Film & Video Windows Desktop or Laptop
Graphic Design Apple Notebook or iMac
Music Industry Apple Laptop

Minimum Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements for the computer that you will be purchasing. Any information not listed here, such as cdrom drives, etc, is completely up to you and your budget.


Apple

  • Model: MacBook Pro, 13-inch or 15-inch 
  • Processor: 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Installed Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB hard drive 7200 RPMs
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – top speeds and security require 5 GHz at Drexel)
  • Warranty: AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro
or
  • Model: iMac, 21.5-inch display 
  • Processor: 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Installed Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB hard drive 
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – top speeds and security require 5 GHz at Drexel)
  • Warranty: AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac

Windows

  • Processor: Intel i series; e.g. i5 or greater recommended
  • Operating System: Vista or 7 32bit/64bit (Professional or above)
  • Installed Memory: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB hard drive, 7200 RPMs
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – top speeds and security require 5 GHz at Drexel)

Additional Requirements

Architecture

Graphic Design

Interior Design

  • 8 GB RAM
  • Nvidia Quadro graphics card

All Majors

Note: We strongly recommend all majors purchase a portable hard drive for backups or use a cloud based backup service (such as CrashPlanCarbonite or Connected Backup). The hard drive should have the following specifications: FireWire and USB 2.0 connection, 500GB minimum. For Film & Video, Screenwriting & Playwriting, and Digital Media programs, we recommend at least a 1TB hard drive for yours projects; so students can work on any workstation in the computer labs.

Note: Many students will find having a USB 2.0 keychain-type storage device or a small portable hard drive convenient for transferring files between their personal computer and computers in our design studios.

Note: You do not need to purchase Antivirus software with you computer. That software, along with some others, is available free to all drexel students. To see all of the sofware that is available please visit the Drexel Software site.

Note: Drexel students purchasing through DrexelOne receive an added $25 discount on any MacBook Pro bundled with the 3-year AppleCare plan

Further data about computer purchases is available via Drexel's web site here.