These recommendations are being updated and expanded! Check back in spring 2022 for a whole new experience!

All students enrolled in engineering and computer science programs are recommended to have a laptop computer that meets or exceeds the specifications provided below. Many courses require students to make use of their computers both on and off campus, and a laptop also enables students to work in an “anywhere, anytime” mode, allowing for greater mobility, flexibility, and collaboration. Minimum and recommended hardware specifications are highlighted below.

Student Discounts Available Through Partnership with Dell 

In partnership with CU Denver, Dell is offering discounts to College of Engineering, Design and Computing students who purchase recommended laptops.

Students benefit from:

  • Several laptop recommendations—vetted and built by CU Denver Engineering IT Services for engineering students (available for purchase here)
  • Students receive discounted member pricing on these pre-designed models, up to 48% off 
  • Purchase before October 31, 2021 and receive a $100 e-gift card to use on monitors or other accessories

Please contact for more information or to request a more customized build while maintaining the discounts offered through this partnership.

Basic Requirements

Many engineering applications only develop versions that are available on the Windows operating system. Students with Mac computers can access these applications by leveraging our remote access tools. Check out our tutorials for more information!

Minimum and recommended hardware specifications:

Operating SystemWindows 10 20H2
Windows 10 21H1

Intel or AMD CPU
1.4 GHz. or faster
4-core or more

Intel or AMD CPU
2.2GHz or faster
4-core or more

Storage256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 100GB free512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 100GB free
Graphics CardIntegrated Graphics
Discrete Graphics Card
Display1280x720 Resolution1920x1024 Resolution
Network ConnectivityWiFiEthernet + WiFi
Camera & MicrophoneCamera & Microphone IncludedCamera & Microphone Included