Recommended Student Laptops

Recommended Student Laptops.

Drew has been at the forefront of personal computing for students since 1984 with the introduction of the Computer Initiative, which provided a desktop computer for every student on campus. The program introduced laptops in 1988, and continued as a mandatory purchase program until 2012.

As the computing landscape has evolved, so has our student computing program. All undergraduate students at Drew are required to have a recent laptop that is supported by the vendor and can run the latest tools and software. Students have the option to buy a recommended laptop through Drew from either Apple or Lenovo (links here – login required), and get the advantage of additional onsite repair options and free loaner laptops while your computer is being repaired. Students are welcome to bring another computer that meets our general specifications (listed below), but will not be eligible for the premium support that people who order a laptop through the Drew website will receive.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, three models from Apple and two Lenovo laptops are being offered as our standard configuration machines. More information about these machines can be found below.

To order the laptops and get more information about the program, people with a Drew account can log into the Drew Laptop Program page.

To register a laptop purchased through the program, please fill out the Laptop Registration Form.

Anyone interested in learning more about the history of Drew’s Computer Initiative program can visit the Computer Initiative Museum, an online exhibit.


13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display


  • 2.3GHz Dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3Memory
  • 128GB SSD storage
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Accessory Kit
  • Backlit Keyboard (English)
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook / MacBook Air / 13″ MacBook Pro – Auto-enroll
 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and Touch Bar


  • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
  • 16GB 2400MHz Memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • Radeon Pro 555X Graphics
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Keyboard (English)
  • Accessory Kit
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for 15″ MacBook Pro – Auto-enroll
13 in MacBook Air

13-inch MacBook Air


  • 1.8GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 128GB SSD Storage
  • Backlit Keyboard (English)
  • Accessory Kit
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook / MacBook Air / 13″ MacBook Pro




Lenovo ThinkPad L480


  • Intel Core i3-8130U Processor (2.20GHz 2133MHz4MB)
  • 14.0″ HD (1920 x 1080), Anti-Glare
  • 8.0GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SODIMM 2400MHz Memory
  • 500GB Hard Drive, 7200rpm
  • Intel Wireless 8260 (2×2 AC) with BT4.1
  • Windows 10 Pro 64
  • 3 Year Warranty with Full Accidental Damage Protection

 X1 Carbon (6th Gen)


  • Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (1.60GHz 2400MHz 6MB)
  • 14.0″ 1920×1080
  • 8.0GB PC3-17064 LPDDR3 Soldered 2133MHz Memory
  • 256GB SSD PCIe Hard Drive
  • Intel Wireless 8265 AC)
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 4 Year Warranty with Full Accidental Damage Protection

Class of 2022 laptop specifications

If you choose to purchase a laptop that is not on our recommended list (or are given one as a gift), your laptop will have to meet the standards listed below.

PC Apple
Minimum RAM 4 GB 4 GB
Minimum HD 320 GB HDD/64 GB SSD 128 GB/128 GB SSD
Minimum Processor 2.0 GHz 1.4 GHz
10/100/1000 Ethernet Required (Ethernet adapter if necessary) Required (Thunderbolt adapter if necessary)
Wireless 802.11n capable 802.11n capable
Warranty Minimum 1 year* Minimum 1 year*
OS Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 Professional 64
(Best effort for Home version)
Mac OS 10.11.7 “Sierra” or later

* 3- or 4-year warranty with accidental damage protection is highly recommended.