Computer Recommendations

Deciding on what computer to buy for college is a personal and important decision. The School of Computing & Information Systems and the School of Engineering each have their respective recommendations for what works best in each program. Click here for information on discounts offered to GVSU students.


School of Computing & Information Systems

  • Laptops are recommended over desktops.
  • Memory: The more the better, maximize this option.
  • Hard drive: We recommend at least a 500gb hard drive.  A solid-state drive is also recommended over traditional drives.
  • Battery life is an important factor that you need to consider in your choice.
  • CPU: The faster the better. Multiple-core processors are beneficial.
  • Brand name or platform is up to you.  Regardless whether you choose Macintosh or Windows, you will be able to submit or transfer data files in standard text and MS-Office format.  With either Mac or Windows, you will be able to login via VPN or VM environments and access most of our computing facilities.

School of Engineering

  • Laptops are recommended over desktops.
  • Memory- The more the better, maximize this option.
  • Hard drive- You will need at least a 500gb hard drive or higher.
  • Video Cards- The onboard video card is fine.
  • Size- Some students prefer the larger screens and may need them for their CAD work. However, the downside is the weight of carrying such a heavy laptop around all the time. In this area, you should weigh your personal needs as you will be the one carrying the computer around.
  • CPU- Faster- you should look for options with more cores.
  • Brand is up to you, but note that GVSU has agreements with Dell & Lenovo.
  • If you chose to purchase a Mac, note that it will need to be able to run Windows for many of the programs used in our departments.
  • Netbooks/tablets will not work.


Page last modified May 5, 2016