Winthrop University: Student Laptops
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Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-2400
803/323-2580 (fax)
helpdesk@winthrop.edu

Student Laptops

Beginning fall 2022, all students are required to purchase a laptop to use for classwork. The Computing & Information Technology Department has worked with academic departments across campus to provide three approved laptop configurations to meet the needs of various programs. 

 

Minimum Specifications

Entry-Level
Windows

High-Performance
Windows

Apple
MacBook Pro

i5 Processor
14" FHD Display
8GB RAM
256GB SSD
Wi-Fi 6
WebCam & Microphone

i7 Processor
14" FHD Display
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
Wi-Fi 6
WebCam & Microphone

M1 Processor
13" Display
8GB RAM*
256GB SSD
Wi-Fi 6
WebCam & Microphone

Purchase from Dell

Purchase from Dell

Purchase from Apple

*MacBook Pro memory is not user accesible/upgradable. If you think you'll need additional memory, it is important to upgrade at time of purchase. 

Students may purchase laptops with the above minimum specifications from any manufacturer. The links provided are for your convenience. We also strongly recommend purchasing a 4-year accidental protection plan to ensure the longevity of your device throughout your degree program. 

These minimum requirements do not include all additional recommended specifications. If you will be using Adobe software (e.g. Premier Pro, Photoshop, etc.) or additional program-specific software, it is strongly recommended that you purchase a laptop with at least 16GB of RAM. 

 

Software

You do NOT need to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite as it is available free to all current students on their personal computers. Click here to download Microsoft Office for free.

Adobe Creative Suite licenses will be provided free of charge to students enrolled in courses that require Adobe software. Contact your professor for more information about the software you need.

Mathematica is also available to all students at no charge. Learn more about Mathematica here. 


Which laptop is best for me?

A student's technology needs are dependent on their program of study. Use the matrix below to see which configurations are required for your program of study. Please also consider the software and storage needs for your program when making your purchase. If you are unsure what you may need for your program, contact your department chair or instructor.

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Laptop Loaner Program

Students who are unable to purchase a laptop may participate in the Dacus Library Laptop Loaner Program. Supply is limited and students may only check out laptops for a semester at a time. For more information, please refer to the Dacus Library Technology page. 

Last Updated: 5/17/22