Student Laptop Recommendations

Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology recommends that all incoming freshmen and transfer students have a laptop computer to complete their coursework. Minimum specifications are noted below. If you would like to invest more, we recommend the following in prioritized order: 1) a better/faster/larger processor, 2) more memory (this could be a later upgrade), 3) a larger/faster hard drive. There are computer labs available with all course software.

Student Laptop Minimum Recommendations

Dell Inspiron 5000 Series:

  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5 (8th generation)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage capacity: 500GB hard drive (solid state drive)
  • Extended warranty (4 year warranty with accidental damage protection)

You may purchase your laptop through Bradley University

PC/Windows machines are highly preferred and recommended for Electrical and Computer Engineering majors.

Apple MacBook Pro (for all engineering programs except Electrical and Computer Engineering):

  • Operating System: Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra or newer
  • Processor: Core i5
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage capacity: 256GB hard drive (solid state drive)
  • Extended warranty (4 year warranty with accidental damage protection)

You may purchase your Apple laptop through Bradley University

An Ethernet adapter is also recommended for online test-taking.

Please note the extended warranty is an additional purchase for your laptop. You can also add a rider on parents’ homeowners insurance policy for added protection.

Software Recommendations

  • Microsoft Office: 2019 for Windows / 2016 for Mac

Individual courses for all majors may require additional software specific to the course.

Web Browsers

The University recommends using Google Chrome for university email and for most learning applications.

The schedule and tasks of a college student frequently require multi-tasking with lots of windows open and may require taking online tests. Netbooks, tablets, and eReaders are not suited for this. Consider netbooks, tablets, or eReaders as note-taking, reading, media consumption, or email devices not a primary computing device.

Other financial considerations

With proper documentation, the expense incurred to purchase required technology may be added to a student’s total cost of attendance. Contact the Bradley University Financial Assistance office for further information at (309) 677-3089.