Laptop Buying Guide

Laptop Buying Guide

Do I Need a Laptop?

We highly recommend that all students come to campus with a new, name-brand laptop, a tool that will be essential for individual study and group collaboration.

Determining what type of laptop best suits each student, however, depends on his or her major and personal preferences.

Before buying a laptop, we recommend students contact their department of study or academic advisor to determine whether they need to purchase a laptop with specific requirements. As of fall 2017, the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering is requiring all of its incoming students to bring a laptop to campus and advises students purchase the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s.

Medical students at RowanSOM are provided a laptop at orientation. See our RowanSOM laptop page for more information

After consulting with their department, students should consider what computer best suits their needs and preferences. Please keep in mind that a computer is a tool and students should purchase the computer that they will be most comfortable using on a daily basis.

Recommended Minimum Laptop Specifications

Windows
Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
256GB solid state drive
16GB RAM

Mac
Intel Core i5 processor
256GB solid state drive
16GB RAM