The College of Engineering expects all incoming students to own a laptop or similarly powerful tablet. If you are planning to purchase one, we’d like to offer the following advice and guidance.
Recommended Specs for New Computers – Fall 2017
|CPU||Intel i3/i5/i7 processor|
|System RAM||8 GB|
|Hard Drive||256 GB|
|Operating System||Windows 10 (64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.12 (“Sierra”) or newer
We recommend warranties that are backed by the manufacturers themselves (as opposed to third-party warranties offered by retailers) so you can get service no matter where you are when a problem occurs.
There are repair technicians on-campus at the OIT Walk-In Center who can provide hardware repairs for laptops from Dell, Apple, and Lenovo that are under manufacturer warranty or CPS warranty.
If you purchase a laptop well above the recommended specifications, you might consider a 4-year warranty.
Important Dates and Deadlines
|May||Laptops go on sale at NCSU Bookstores|
|June 1||Earliest purchase date for inclusion of computer costs in financial aid|
|July 12-20||College of Engineering New Student Orientation (split into five sessions)|
|August 11-13||Move-in Weekend|
|August 16||First day of classes|