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Communication Science and Social Inquiry

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

2021-2022 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students

Platform

MAC

Laptop (MacBook Pro) required, Tablet, MacBook Air, MacBook not acceptable

Operating System

Mac OS 10.15 (or higher)

Processor Speed

Intel Core i-7 minimum, no M1 Processors

Memory (RAM)

32 GB or higher

Hard Drive

Minimum 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)

Webcam

Built-in or external with built in microphone (headset/earbuds recommended)

Wireless

802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)

Warranty

3 Year on-site service support, Apple Care (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.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: MAC OS and Windows
Eligibility: Valid while enrolled in undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech
Note: Office 365 Pro Plus can be downloaded and installed on up to five machines and Office mobile apps can be installed on up to five mobile devices.

AND

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.

Backup

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

Contact
Kimberly Garnand
540-231-7942

kimberlygarnand@vt.edu