Laptop Requirement

Increasingly, instruction at the GSD requires meeting in locations and classrooms with WIFI-only  and actively using software in class, some of it is only compatible with Windows. So, ALL GSD STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING TO SCHOOL A LAPTOP COMPUTER CAPABLE OF RUNNING WINDOWS. This requirement reflects the reality that students with only a desktop, or unable to run Windows, will not be able to fully participate in the diversity of educational opportunities and activities essential to today’s design and planning education.

While a Mac running Windows (e.g. bootcamp) is an acceptable solution, it can also be a more complicated solution since you’ll have two different sets of operating systems and applications to manage.   A PC Laptop running Windows is often a simpler solution.  (Dell is our preferred vendor)

Minimum specifications

i5 or i7 processor with 8GB of RAM memory and a graphics card capable of displaying resolutions at 1366×768 or higher.

Nice to have

i7 dual or quad processor running 16GB of RAM memory and a solid state hard drive.  Graphics card capable of displaying resolutions of 1920×1080 or higher.

Additional Notes

An HDMI port (or an adapter) is useful for connecting to projectors and electronic display screens found in various meeting spaces throughout the building.

Laptops with very small display screens may be difficult to navigate during classroom exercises.

Some students find it useful to connect their laptop to a larger, free-standing monitor (between 22-27 inches) in their assigned desk space.

Below you will find specific hardware requirements for some of the more popular software applications used at the GSD.

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