College and Department List of Specifications

If you have declared a major, check the College and Department List of Specifications below or contact your department to confirm the configuration you will need. If your College or Department is not listed below you should contact them directly to confirm their specific computer requirements. See a complete list of Colleges and Departments. Many colleges and departments do have additional requirements and suggestions beyond the university baseline. 

Please note that manufacturers typically update technology and provide specifications for new models during the spring. Therefore, to ensure that you receive the most recent technology Virginia Tech highly recommends that you wait until the summer before you arrive on campus to purchase a computer.

The University Baseline Specifications are the same as those listed for University Studies/Undecided.

Select your intended major from the list below to see your specific requirements:

The University Studies/Undecided does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference. Some majors do require a specific platform and/or format. Please review the requirements for the programs you are considering when choosing you new computer. You should bring the best system you can reasonably afford to Virginia Tech. The baseline computer requirement specifications are listed below. These are minimums and apply to Windows and Apple Macintosh systems.

If you currently own a computer that falls within the range in the table, you may want to start off at Virginia Tech with that computer. Be advised that your major may require that you get a better computer during your academic career, especially if you plan to start with a low-end model. Some departments require a particular (usually higher) configuration. Please check the College and Department specifications or call your department to confirm the configuration you will need. Before changing majors, students are advised to determine if their computer will continue to satisfy the requirements of their new major. Consultation with an advisor in the new major is strongly recommended.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Herbert Bruce
540-231-8440
brucehr@vt.edu

The XT: Explore Technology Program does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference. Some majors do require a specific platform and/or format. Please review the requirements for the programs you are considering when choosing your new computer. You should bring the best system you can reasonably afford to Virginia Tech. The baseline computer requirement specifications are listed below. These are minimums and apply to Windows and Apple Macintosh systems.

If you currently own a computer that falls within the range in the table, you may want to start off at Virginia Tech with that computer. Be advised that your major may require that you get a better computer during your academic career, especially if you plan to start with a low-end model. Some departments require a particular (usually higher) configuration. Please check the College and Department specifications or call your department to confirm the configuration you will need. Before changing majors, students are advised to determine if their computer will continue to satisfy the requirements of their new major. Consultation with an advisor in the new major is strongly recommended.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Herbert Bruce
540-231-8440
brucehr@vt.edu

See the College of Engineering computer specifications.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment suggest the PC Platform and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

For students taking Geospatial or Meteorology options in any of our departments you should be aware that the software that you may need to use will not run on the native Macintosh computer and operating system. Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer may be required to have a dual operating system as some software packages required will only run on a PC. If you choose to purchase a Macintosh, you may need to also run Windows in Boot Camp or as a Virtual Machine in Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

It is suggested that students purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro from the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer may be required to have a dual operating system for some software packages to run.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

It is suggested that students purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro from the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer may be required to have a dual operating system for some software packages to run.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Les Fuller
540-231-7416
fuller@vt.edu

The College of Science Computational Modeling and Data Analytics, Nanoscience, and Systems Biology majors do not have a Platform preference and do not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). The department strongly recommends purchasing the following computer enhancements (ranked in descending order of importance) 

1.    Intel Core i7 processor
2.    4 - year on-site warranty service (3-year is acceptable)

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Nora Dragovic
540-231-8131
nora84@vt.edu

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics does not have a Platform preference and requires the laptop Format (a tablet is not allowed).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:

Katie White
540-231-6846
katiewhite@vt.edu

The Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences suggest the PC Platform and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). Please be aware when purchasing a computer that most APSC faculty use the PC Platform this is especially important when saving files that must be turned in electronically as sometimes files saved in Mac programs are difficult to open on a PC. 

 

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Animal and Poultry Sciences Advising Office
540-231-6936
apsc@vt.edu

The Department of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management - Fashion Merchandising and Design suggest the PC Platform and the Laptop Format (tablet is not acceptable) with a 14" or larger display and a color inkjet printer.

 

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) - minimum or 500 GB SSD - Recommended

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

 Adobe Creative Suite Design (latest version - must have Illustrator and Photoshop) - also available at the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. 

 

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

 Adobe Creative Suite Design (latest version - must have Illustrator and Photoshop) - also available at the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Display - 14" or larger

Color Printer

Display - 14" or larger

Color Printer

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup  method of choice including an external drive (500 GB minimum) OR online cloud storage and/or backup service.

Any backup  method of choice including an external drive (500 GB minimum) OR online cloud storage and/or backup service.

Contact:
Renee Schack
540-231-6163
reneer@vt.edu

The Department of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management - Consumer Studies does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer must have a dual operating system as most software packages used works best on a PC.  If you choose to purchase or bring a Macintosh, you must also run Windows in Boot Camp or as a Virtual Machine in Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer must have a dual operating  system.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Elizabeth Long
540-231-6163
etlong@vt.edu

The Department of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management - Residential Environments and Design requires the PC Platform and requires the Laptop Format (tablet is not allowed).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Processor Speed

Laptop:  Intel Core i-7

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) recommended

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Additional software could be required in some courses.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Graphic card:  Nvidia GeForce or ATI/AMD Raedon 512 MB or more memory (3D accelerator) 

DVD-Rom Drive - 8x DVD or higher

 

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Additional Suggestions

3-Button scroll mouse

Contact:
Professor Kathleen Parrott
540-231-4783
homes@vt.edu

The Department of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management - Property Management does not have a Platform preference and requires the Laptop Format (tablet is not allowed).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Elizabeth Long
540-231-6163
etlong@vt.edu

The Department of Biochemistry does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). These specifications are for Biochemistry students in both the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and the College of Science.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
David Lally
540-231-9524
dlally@vt.edu

The Department of Biological Sciences does not have a Platform preferences and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).   If students are double majoring or minoring, then they should also take into consideration the software and hardware requirements in their second department.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Biological Sciences Undergraduate Programs Office
540-231-6407
bioadvising@vt.edu

See the Department of Building Construction computer requirements.

Contact:
Renee Ryan
540-231-7428
renee.ryan@vt.edu

The Department of Chemistry does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Amy Kokkinakos
540-231-4239
amyk@vt.edu

The Department of Communication skills-oriented instruction is primarily taught on MacOS.  As a result, students are recommended to purchase a MacBook Pro Laptop to complete classroom activities. If a PC is purchased, it must be equivalent to the minimum hardware requirements for a MacBook Pro. The system should be capable of editing HD quality video.

The Department of Communications requires the laptop Format (a tablet is not allowed). Any laptop purchased must have the following minimum specifications:

  • i5 processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB or higher (Solid State Drive) Hard Disk Drive 

Students in the Multimedia Journalism Major will make extensive use of video editing software and are encouraged to consider the following MacBook Pro (or equivalent) specifications:

  • i7 processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB or higher (Solid State Drive) Hard Disk Drive  

iPads, tablets, netbooks, MacBook Airs, and Chromebooks do not have the capabilities to complete class assignments and are not acceptable for the major.

Complete minimum system requirements are below.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop:  Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th GE. or higher)

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

After enrollment, Communications students will purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite via the department. Students do not need to purchase this software in advance, but will purchase the software at a discount through the department as a requirement.  

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

After enrollment, Communications students will purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite via the department. Students do not need to purchase this software in advance, but will purchase the software at a discount through the department as a requirement.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Kim Higgs
540-231-7942
kimberlyhiggs@vt.edu

The Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). Please note that by tablet we mean a notebook with detachable keyboard (no iPad or other type devices).  This information applies to the B.S. Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences (CSES) and B.S. Environmental Science (ENSC) majors.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Ted Ellmore
540-231-6375
tellmore@vt.edu

The Department of Dairy Science requires the PC Platform and does not have a Format preference (laptop or table is acceptable). Dairy Science majors use industry-specific software that is PC-specific and does not work well in Bootcamp or other "PC parallel" software on Macs. For this reason the Department of Dairy Science requires its student to use the PC Platform.   

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Kathy Duncan
540-231-4769
kathytd@vt.edu

The Department of English suggest the Macintosh Platform and requires the laptop Format (tablet is not acceptable). We suggest that students who have not already purchased computers consider using the Macintosh platform because of its flexibility, ease of use, relative freedom from viruses, and durability. If students are double majoring or minoring, then they should take into consideration the software and hardware requirements in their second department. 

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Eve Trager
540-231-6566
etrager@vt.edu

The Department of Food Science & Technology does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Linda A. Granata
540-231-9570
lgranata@vt.edu

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (now Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures) does not have a Platform preferences and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Dr. Jacqueline Bixler
540-231-8632
jbixler@vt.edu

The Department of Geosciences does not have a Platform preference and requires the laptop Format (a tablet is not allowed).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Jim Langridge
540-231-5264
jlangri@vt.edu

The Department of History does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Amanda Swindell
540-231-5331
hoffer81@vt.edu

The Department of Horticulture does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Pris Sears
540-231-8623
sears@vt.edu

The Department of Human Development does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Geneva Watson
540-231-4795
gwatson@vt.edu

The Department of Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Renee Eaton
540-231-5987
r.eaton@vt.edu

The Department of Mathematics does not have a Platform preference and requires the laptop Format (tablet is not allowed).

Computational Modeling and Data Analytics majors:  Strongly recommend an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with at least 4 processor cores.  Recommend a minimum of 500 GB solid state drive (SSD).  Strongly recommend not purchasing the following computers:  Fujitsu, Chromebooks, Microsoft Surface Tablets.  Microsoft Windows 10 Pro will be required in the 3634 class.  Do not pay extra for this when purchasing your computer.  A Windows 10 Pro license is included in the incoming undergraduate software bundle.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Course specific software such as MATLAB and Mathematica are available from the Software Service Center office located at the Torgersen Bridge.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Course specific software such as MATLAB and Mathematica are available from the Software Service Center office located at the Torgersen Bridge.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Additional Suggestions

The department strongly recommends purchasing the following computer enhancements:

1.  Intel Core i-7 processor
2.  16 GB memory (RAM)
3.  4-year on-site warranty service (3-year is acceptable)
4.  250 GB or more Solid State Drive (SSD)

The department strongly recommends purchasing the following computer enhancements:

1.  Intel Core i-7 processor
2.  16 GB memory (RAM)
3.  4-year on-site warranty service (3-year is acceptable)
4.  250 GB or more Solid State Drive (SSD) - Apple calls this Flash Storage

Contact:
Ken Hinson
540-231-7224
hinsonkp@math.vt.edu

The Department of Philosophy does not have a Platform preference and prefers the laptop Format rather than a tablet.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Holly Belcher
540-231-4564
hollymb2@vt.edu

The Department of Physics does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Roger Link
540-231-5768
roger.link@vt.edu

The Department of Political Science does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Josette Torres
 540-231-1854
josette@vt.edu 

The Department of Psychology suggest the PC Platform and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). 

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer must have a dual operating system as some classes require specific software packages which will only run on a PC. If you choose to purchase a Macintosh, you must also run Windows in Boot Camp or as a Virtual Machine in Parallels or VMWare Fusion so that you can run the software packages required which only run on a PC when needed.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Cindy Koziol
540-231-8148
ckoziol@vt.edu

The Department of Religion and Culture / Interdisciplinary Studies: Religion and Culture Option does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). Please note that by tablet we mean a notebook with detachable keyboard (no iPad or other type devices).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Matthew Gabriele
540-231-1618
gabriele@vt.edu

The Department of Sociology does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Students are required to have wireless capability.  

Students are required to have wireless capability.  

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Blake Smith
540-231-5292
bsmith15@vt.edu

The Department of Statistics does not have a Platform preference and requires the Laptop Format (tablet is not acceptable).

The Department of Statistics strongly recommends a Unix-based system for maximum compatibility with modern analytics toolkits:  for example, an Apple Mac Book Pro running OSX.  However, power-users may enjoy running Linux (or dual bootin Linux and Windows) on a PC: for example, a Lenova Thinkpad or Dell XPS series (or developer edition). 

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Stephen Slaughter
540-231-8358
sslaugh@vt.edu

General Biosciences (GBSC) does not have a Platform preferences and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable). If students are double majoring or minoring, then they should also take into consideration the software and hardware requirements in their second department.
 

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Susan Haymore
540-231-5145
shaymore@vt.edu

The International Studies Program does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (tablet or laptop is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contacts:
Dr. Jason Kelly            
540-231-2839                    
jpkelly@vt.edu

Ms. Josette Torres    
540-231-1854                
josette@vt.edu

See the Pamplin College of Business computer requirements.

 

Contact:
Jim Dickhans
540-231-7377
pamplinit@vt.edu

The School of Architecture + Design: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interior Design Programs do not have a Platform preference and requires the Laptop Format (tablet is not acceptable). 

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer must have a dual operating system as there are specific software packages required which will only run on a PC.  If you choose to purchase a Macintosh, you must also run Windows in Boot Camp or as a Virtual Machine in Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

Systems purchased today should meet requirements to last throughout the length of the program and the expected life of the system. The specifications here are based on the previous growth trends of the major software packages used on the systems. Four of the components that drive the usability of the system are: 

1) the processor 
2) RAM
3) video processor and video RAM 
4) the speed of the hard drive 

Due to the significant usage of the system resources by the software packages, higher amounts are recommended.   The two we would start with beyond the University recommendations is an Intel Core i7 and a Solid State Drive (SSD) hard drive. 

When considering printing needs, we do not recommend the purchase of printers. The School of Architecture + Design has low cost print labs available to the students.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop: Core i-7 (2.3 GHz  or higher)

Core i-7 (2.3 GHz  or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

250 GB or higher Hybrid Drive or Solid State Drive (SSD)

250 GB or higher Hybrid Drive or Solid State Drive (SSD)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Students are required to purchase the School of Architecture Software Suite from the Virginia Tech Software Service Center and should not purchase any software before arriving at Virginia Tech. All incoming first year students will be required to purchase this software and will be billed by the University. Prices obtained for the software suite are lower than available from any retailer. You should acquire antivirus security software through the University.   Also, some courses may require an additional purchase of software that is course specific - information is provided in the course syllabus. 

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Students are required to purchase the School of Architecture Software Suite from the Virginia Tech Software Service Center and should not purchase any software before arriving at Virginia Tech. All incoming first year students will be required to purchase this software and will be billed by the University. Prices obtained for the software suite are lower than available from any retailer.You should acquire antivirus security software through the University.  Also, some courses may require an additional purchase of software that is course specific - information is provided in the course syllabus. 

Students who purchase or bring a Macintosh computer must have a dual operating system.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Video RAM: Nvidia or AMD graphics with 2GB of video RAM or more

Video RAM: Nvidia or AMD graphics with 2GB of video RAM or more

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Bram Lewis
540-231-3644
bram@vt.edu

See the School of Education computer recommendation.

Contact:
Dr. Yanzhu Diana Wu
540-231-1741
dianawu@vt.edu

 

The School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema recommends the MAC Platform and requires the Laptop Format.  SOPA currently follows the University baseline recommendations, however skills-oriented instruction is primarily taught on MacOS.  As a result, students are advised to purchase a MacBook Pro labptop to complete classroom activities.  If a PC is purchased, it must be equivalent to the minimum requirements for the MacBook Pro.  All of the software required by courses within SOPA is available for MacOS (which is generally preferred by faculty.)  Additionally, certain areas of study within Music require the use of software only available for the MacOS X platform.  SOPA currently has a computer lab in Henderson hall where students may access Theatre and Cinema software.

IPads, tablets, netbooks, MacBook Airs and Chromebooks do not have the capabilities to complete class assignments ad are not acceptable for SOPA majors.

See the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema computer requirement.

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
LaRhonda Kellison
540-231-6733
larhonda@vt.edu

The School of Neuroscience does not have a Platform preference and requires the laptop Format (tablets are permissable, but all students also should have a laptop).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Neuroscience Academic Advising Office
540-231-9472
neuroadvising@vt.edu

See the School of Visual Arts computer specifications.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine does not have a Platform preference and does not have a Format preference (laptop or tablet is acceptable).

Minimum System Requirements

Platform

PC

Mac

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Mac OS 10.13 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Laptop or Tablet: Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher) 

Intel Core i-5 or i-7 (6th Gen. or higher)

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

16 GB or higher

Hard Disk Drive

Min. 250 GB / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive) 

Min. 250 GB  / Rec. 500 GB or higher SSD (Solid State Drive)

Wireless Card and NIC/Ethernet Card 

Wireless -  802.11ac  

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Wireless -  802.11ac 

NIC/Ethernet – (Optional) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card 

See the section on NIC/Ethernet Cards for more information. 

Warranty

3-year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4-year is highly recommended)

3-year on-site service support (AppleCare) (4-year is highly recommended - Available through certain vendors).

Software

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Software Suite:

Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center.  More information can be found at Student Software Center.

2 Factor Authentication

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Learn more about 2-Factor Authentication at Virginia Tech and register at least one device that you plan to bring with you.  See the section on 2 Factor Authentication for more information. 

Additional Requirements

Suggested Back-up 

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Any backup method of choice including cloud based services like Google Drive.

Contact:
Kimberly Ascue
Director of Information Technology
540-231-3566
kascue@vt.edu