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2021-2022 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students



Laptop (MacBook Pro) required, Tablet, MacBook Air or 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)


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


802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)


3 Year on-site service support, Apple Care (4 Year is highly recommended - available through certain vendors)


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.


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.


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

Kimberly Garnand