Recommended Computers for Students

These specifications have been recommended with the average student in mind. New computers that meet these standards will be suitable for many general uses. However, students hoping to accomplish more heavy-handed tasks associated with their academic program should contact the department technical adviser concerning computer purchases included on the bottom of this page.

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Educational Discounts on new Computers

Most students purchasing new computers for use on campus should consider the following minimum recommendations:

Desktop/Tower Computers

  • Intel i3, i5 or i7
  • 8 Gigabytes RAM
  • 500 GIG Hard Drive
  • or
  • 256 Gig SSD Hard Drive
  • Windows 10


  • Intel i5, or i7
  • 8 Gigabyte RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • or
  • 256 Gig SSD Hard Drive

Laptop/Notebook Computers

  • Intel i5 Processor
  • 8 Gigabytes RAM
  • 500 GIG Hard Drive
  • or
  • 256 Gig SSD Hard Drive
  • Windows 10

Used Computers Windows or Mac

  • i3 Processor
  • 4 Gigabyte RAM
  • 250Gig Hard Drive with at least 100 Gig free disk space
  • Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10/MAC OS X


The Hammons School of Architecture recommends that you contact David Beach for advisement concerning computer purchases. 

Computer Science

Students should consider a computer with a 64-bit processor running either Windows or Linux. 8 GB of memory and at least 250 GB of hard drive storage are suggested. Before buying any software, students should consult with the department for available licensing.

Design Arts

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will be heavily used. Computers should be configured with at least 8 GB of memory for better performance and 250 GB of hard drive storage. Although Windows is not discouraged, all in-class work will be done on Mac.

Breech School of Business

The business world is heavily reliant on the many advantages of Windows in the Enterprise setting. In-class work and outside assignments will reflect this. Breech School students should consider a laptop PC running Windows 7, 8, or 10.

Multimedia Production

For those with an interest in videography and video journalism, Final Cut Pro is the standard editing package used at Drury. Students who are interested in doing work on their own machines should look at a newer MacBook Pro capable of running the Final Cut Studio. Configurations should include at least 8 GB of memory and 500GB of hard drive storage.