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

Because of software requirements across many of the departments, students are encouraged to purchase a Windows laptop, or a laptop that can run the Windows operating system. A note on Macs: It is possible to use a Mac computer for engineering and computer science software, but only with the use of tools that allow the installation of the Windows operating system, like BootCamp or Parallels. However, the system requirements for such activities—especially in the amount of storage space needed—will increase dramatically. Engineering students who opt to use a Mac will need to consider this when enrolling and take the necessary actions to prepare accordingly.

Minimum and recommended hardware specifications:

Operating SystemWindows 10 20H2
Windows 10 20H2
CPUIntel Core i5 dual-core 1.6 GHz
Intel Core i5 quad-core 1.4 GHz
Intel Core i5/i7 2.2GHz or faster
Storage256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 100GB free512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) with 100GB free
Graphics CardIntegrated Graphics CardDedicated Graphics Card
Display1280x720 Resolution1920x1024 Resolution
Network ConnectivityEthernet + WiFiEthernet + WiFi
Camera & MicrophoneCamera & Microphone IncludedCamera & Microphone Included