Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Laptop Program

Laptop Policy - General

Laptop Requirement

Starting in the fall of 2012, all students in the Computer and Information Technology Program are required to have a qualified laptop. This provision is mandatory for all CIT students, and other students taking 200, 300 or 400-level CIT courses.


Virtualization is taking over modern IT computing and offers a way to safely put more than one operating system on a single piece of hardware. When chosing a laptop, you will need one that can support virtualization. See Laptop Requirements for minimum specifications.

Apple Products

If you are considering an Apple laptop you should know that some courses may use software that is not compatible with the OS X operating system. However, there are ways to run Windows software on an Apple platform. The first method is to use Apple’s built-in program, Boot Camp, to run Windows. The other option is to use either VMWare Fusion or Parallels, two software applications, that allow both Windows and OS X to run simultaneously. Regardless of which application you choose, a copy of Windows must also be purchased separately. Windows is available on IUWARE ( or it can be purchased at the campus bookstore at a discounted price.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is a laptop required?

  • A laptop allows students to stay connected with their coursework and personal activities regardless of their location. Being actively engaged in course material is important for success in the CIT program and a laptop allows students that connection 24/7.

2. What if I cannot afford a laptop?

  • The financial aid office offers assistance specifically for the additional cost of a laptop. That information can be found by visiting this site:

3. What are the benefits of the laptop program?

  • Students can access the same technology as their instructors, allowing them to actively participate in course material and activities.
  • Support is readily available through UITS and the Living Lab.
  • Mobile computing is available virtually everywhere. Students can participate in academic, administrative, or personal activities no matter their location.

4. What are the costs involved?

  • Students can expect to pay anywhere from $600 and up for a qualified laptop.

5. Are loaner systems available if my laptop is under repair?

  • Loaner laptops are currently not offered; however open labs are available, if needed.

6. How do I choose the laptop that is right for me?

  • There are all kinds of laptops to choose from but screen size, weight, and portability are all things to consider when looking at the minimum requirements.

7. What if I already own a laptop?

  • If it meets the minimum requirements you can use it.

8. How can I get service or technical support?

  • For service, check with your manufacturer.
  • For support, UITS, and the Living Lab are all available to help troubleshoot any problems.

Laptop Requirements


Starting in the fall of 2012, the department of Computer and Information Technology program requires all students enrolled in 200, 300 or 400 level Computer and Information Technology courses to have their own qualified laptops. Laptops must meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:


Screen Size: 13” or bigger
CPU: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
RAM: 4GB or more
Hard Drive: 320GB or more (Approx. 500GB)
Optical Drive: DVD-RW
Wireless: G or N compatible


Most software that you will need is available at no or highly reduced costs through IUPUI. There is no need to purchase software bundles typically offered by hardware vendors. Visit the IUWare site to learn about software available to you through IUPUI before purchasing software from an outside source.

Information about course specific software required but not available through IUWare will be provided in the course information, or by the course instructor. If you are uncertain about software availability or associated software cost for a specific CIT course, contact your instructor or your CIT advisor.

Laptop Purchasing Options

As long as your laptop meets the minimum hardware requirements specified, it does not matter where you purchase your laptop, or if you use a laptop that you currently own. The CIT Laptop Program is not intended to require students to purchase a new laptop, but rather establish standards by which a user can determine if a laptop is capable of supporting software and functions associated with CIT coursework.

If you are shopping for a new laptop, IUPUI students are offered discounts with select vendors. Visit the IUPUI UITS Computer Buying Guide web page for more information about participating vendors and associated computer purchase related resources.

Laptop Policy - Support

Laptop Responsibility

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her laptop is functioning properly, but if assistance is needed, University Information Technology Services (UITS), E & T Computer Network Center (CNC), and the CIT Living Lab are available to help.

University Information Technology Services (UITS)

Computer Support RM IT 129 - Walkup hours:

       Mon - Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
       Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
       Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
       Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Computer Network Center (CNC)

The Computer Network Center is located on the lower level of the Engineering and Technology building, room ET 003. CNC regular business hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm excluding campus holidays.

Laptop Support - Living Lab

The Living Lab offers laptop support to students on Fridays and Saturdays while school is in session, excluding campus holidays. Help is available for connectivity issues, networking problems and general computing questions.

The Living Lab is located in the lower level of the Engineering and Technology building RM 005

Living Lab Laptop Support hours are:

       Friday & Saturday  9:00- 11:00 a.m.   &   2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Helpful Computer Support and Assistance Links