Laptop Program

Drew Laptop Program.

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 Drew students 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 laptop through Drew from either Apple or Lenovo (links here – login required). Students are also welcome to bring a computer that meets our general specifications (listed below) if they prefer.

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

Please keep in mind that Drew currently provides certain software programs to students free of charge. When purchasing a laptop, a Drew student does not need to pay a separate fee for the Microsoft Office suite, for example. You will learn more about what software programs are available (and needed for the classes you sign up for) as the start of the semester approaches.

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

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and sends funds to Schools and Universities to utilize as emergency financial aid grants for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. These expenses include, but are not limited to, technology access and expenses. Please go to the Financial Aid webpage to review your eligibility and any financial assistance available (criteria and eligibility apply):

Required laptop specifications

To excel during your time at Drew, the computer you use will have to meet the standards listed below, regardless of where it is purchased. Keep in mind that you want this computer to support your life and learning for, on average, 4 years.

Windows or Apple Computer
OS

Latest Windows OS, currently Windows 10
or
Latest Mac OS, currently Mac OS 11 “Big Sur” or later

**Note: A Chromebook, tablet, or smartphone will not be sufficient.

RAM

Minimum: 8 GB

Recommended: 16GB

Additional RAM may be better for some students (e.g., those working with large data sets)

Hard Drive

Minimum: 256 GB SSD

Recommended: 500GB SSD

Processor Minimum: 2.6 GHz

Recommended: 3.0 GHz, i7, quad core

Students considering the digital art or media and communications programs are strongly encouraged to get a quad core processor.

10/100/1000 Ethernet Required (Ethernet or Thunderbolt adapter if necessary)
Wireless 802.11n capable
Warranty

Minimum 1 year

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

Audio/Video

Microphone, such as the built in microphone, a USB microphone or an inline microphone on headphones; and speaker or headphones (with necessary jacks)

Webcam, such as the built in camera or an external USB camera

Antivirus Software Antivirus software program, kept up to date**

** Antivirus software programs are available for free. Windows comes with Windows Defender already installed. Mac users can look into the free versions of products such as Malwarebytes or Sophos (which are also available to Windows users).