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College of Engineering

2024-25 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students


PC required


*Chromebook not recommended

Operating System

Windows 11 (64-Bit), MacOS and Chrome OS not supported*

*Non-Computer Science students should NOT bring Macs. Students intending to enter Computer Science may consider a MacBook. See the Computer Science Only: Apple MacBook Laptop page for more details.

Processor Speed

Intel 13th Gen i5/i7 or Core Ultra 5/7 Series 1 or AMD Ryzen 5/7 7030/7040/8000 Series; or higher

Memory (RAM)

32 GB or higher


500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher


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


Wi-Fi Capable


4 Year with accident damage coverage


Software Suite*

*Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. See the Student Software Center for more information.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: macOS 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.


Engineering Software Bundle
More information about the Software Requirement


500 GB or higher Cloud backup service OR external SSD drive.

Jeff Phillips
For further details and contact information, see the Engineering Computer Requirements page.