College Laptop Requirement

Girl Using LaptopThe Opus College of Engineering curriculum reflects engineering education in the 21st century. This includes using the latest computer technologies in both teaching and learning to prepare students for a future increasingly defined by digital technology and team-based work-spaces.  As a result, all engineering students are required to have a laptop computer.

Many Marquette College of Engineering students will use advanced engineering software that requires specialized graphics cards not found in typical consumer laptops.  Marquette Engineering staff have worked with Dell and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to offer pre-configured laptops with educational discounts.

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Laptop Purchase Programs

Most College of Engineering students will use advanced engineering software that requires specialized graphics cards not found in typical consumer laptops.  Students may order college recommended laptops from Dell at www.dell.com/marquette or HP & Lenovo laptops through Paragon Development Systems (PDS) at www.pdspc.com/marquette.  Both companies offer educational discounts and 4-year next-business day on-site warranty service standard.  Accidental damage warranty upgrades are available at an additional cost.

Recommended Laptops – 2017

All of these laptops will meet the engineering software requirements.  You may select from this list of laptops given your preferences on screen size, budget, manufacturer and warranty.  All of these laptop models are recommended for purchase:

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Laptop System Minimum Requirements

  • Intel Core Processor (Core i5 or i7)
  • ISV-certified graphics card (AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro)
  • Windows 8 or 10 pre-installed
  • Most engineering software will not run on Mac OS X
  • Display resolution 1280×800 (WXGA) minimum
  • 8 GB RAM minimum
  • 250 GB Hard Disk Drive minimum, SSD recommended
  • Wired Ethernet network interface and Cat-5e cable
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 N minimum
  • 4 year warranty highly recommended

Computer Support Policy

The College of Engineering offers students basic computer support to assist with the installation of required engineering software applications. Support is limited to Windows versions 8 and 10 operating systems. On Apple computers, students with more advanced technology experience may install Windows within a Bootcamp environment. However, due to the nature and complexity of operating systems, the computer support staff cannot assist with Windows installations on Apple computers. Students are encouraged to contact their course instructors for assistance using the engineering software.

To request assistance with engineering software installations, please contact the COE Help Desk at 414-288-5140 or by e-mail at coetech@marquette.edu. In-person support is offered to students at the COE Technology Services office, Engineering Hall room 254.