Laptop Requirement

As Methodist University continues to set the standard in preparation and adaptation for disruptions caused by COVID-19 (such as potential, immediate moves to remote learning), the University is requiring all students (undergraduate, graduate, and online) to have laptop computers for the 2021-22 academic year.

Please visit the myMU Portal (login required) for more information about the laptop requirement, including funds and disbursement.

Note: These are minimum specifications. Students can upgrade processors, memory, and storage as desired.


General Specifications

PC

  • Processor: 9th Generation Intel Core i5 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB minimum
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
  • 256 GB SSD storage
  • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)

Apple MacBook Air

  • Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU, and 16‑core Neural Engine
  • 8GB unified memory, 16 GB recommended
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)

Vendors Offering Discounts

Microsoft Office 365

All students have free access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite of software, 1TB of OneDrive storage, and the wireless network across campus. A 1TB external storage drive is recommended for all students.


Program-specific Specifications

Engineering

  • For PC users:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended
    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
    • Integrated Xe Graphics
    • 250 GB SSD minimum 500 GB SSD preferred storage
    • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)
    • For Mac users:
    • MacOS 10.14 “Mojave” or newer
  • NOTE: some Engineering software programs only run on Windows.
  • Students may download the following engineering software for free:
    • Matlab – minimum recommendations (with SSD) are sufficient
    • Solidworks – minimum recommendations with an approved graphics card: https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification/
    • Minitab – minimum recommendations sufficient; newest versions only work on Windows
    • 3DSSPP – minimum recommendations sufficient

Graphic Design

  • 13” Apple MacBook Pro
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Music

  • 13” Apple MacBook Pro
  • Nektar SE49 (49 Key USB Keyboard Controller)
    Order from sweetwater.com (list Methodist as reference when ordering)
  • Logic Studio (software) – Logic Pro X in the “Pro Apps Bundle for Education” may be purchased at the same time as the computer.

Communication

  • PC – Processor: Intel Core i5 4 core or better
  • Memory: 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
    Integrated Xe Graphics
  • 250 GB SSD minimum 500 GB SSD preferred storage
  • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)
  • An advanced graphics card with CUDA capabilities, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription