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 races.

"Laptop" is defined as "any computer that can install applications without being tied to a specific hardware vendor." 

The following products ARE acceptable:

  • Macintosh and PC computers
  • Microsoft Surface products (with a full version of Windows, not a -N version that is tied to the Windows Store)

The following products ARE NOT acceptable:

  • iPads
  • Android Tablets
  • Chromebooks


Virtualization is taking over modern computing and offers a simple way to a single piece of hardware. When choosing a laptop, you will need to support virtualization. See Laptop Requirements for Minimum Specifications.

Apple Products

If you are considering an Apple laptop you should know that it 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 them to stay connected with their personal and business activities regardless of their location. Being able to work in a course is important for success in the CIT program and a laptop permits students that connection 24/7.

2. What if I can not afford a laptop?

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 available through UITS and the Living Lab.
  • Mobile computing is available virtually everywhere. Students can participate in academic, administrative, or personal activities.

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, for completing assignments.

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

  • There are all kinds of laptops to choose from, but the size, weight, and portability are all things to be considered.

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 programs 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)
Wireless: G or N compatible


IUPUI provides FREE access to almost every software package you will need (except in a few very specific situations.) There are no need to purchase software bundles offered by hardware vendors. Visit the IUWare site to learn about IUPUI before purchasing software from an outside source.

Information about course specific software required but not available through IUWare will be provided in the race information, or by the race instructor. If you are uncertain about software availability, or if you are interested in 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 buy 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 whether it is capable of supporting software and functions associated with CIT coursework.

If you are shopping for a new laptop, IUPUI students are offered with select vendors. Visit the IUPUI UITS Computer Buying Guide web page for more information

Laptop Policy - Support

Laptop Responsibility

It is the student's responsibility to Ensure That his / her laptop is functioning Properly, goal 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 in IUPUI Building IT 129 - Walkup hours:

       M - Thur 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
       Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
       Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
       Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 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 issues.

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

Living Lab Laptop Support hours are:

       Friday & Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm