Newhouse student working on her laptop

Photo by Areca T. Wilson

Technology requirements

To ensure you can actively engage in your course work at the Newhouse School, you will need to have access to equipment that meets the following requirements:

  • A computer that is no older than 4 years old (2016), with at least 16GB of RAM and 128GB of free drive space
  • Minimum operating system requirements: MacOS Sierra (10.12.x) or Windows 10
  • A portable 1TB hard drive or larger with USB3 and Thunderbolt connectors to store files on
  • A smart phone no older than 4 years old with a working camera and microphone

Note: Students who enroll in production-level courses (e.g. AR, VR, Photography, Design and Video Editing) tend to have portable computers with screens no smaller than 15", equipped with 32GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive.

If you are looking to purchase a new computer we encourage you to go through the manufacturer (e.g. Apple, Dell, HP) or the SU bookstore.  

When purchasing a new computer it is recommended to invest in the manufacturer's extended warranty coverage to provide phone support and repair service options while at school.

Students are also encouraged to consider obtaining personal belongings insurance coverage for personal property and any equipment in their possession. Please refer to the university partner Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc for additional information.