The Choice is Yours
You can be successful at NC State regardless of the computing platform you choose (Windows, Mac OS X). Campus computing resources are compatible with both of these platforms. When purchasing a Mac, please be aware you may have to purchase a copy of Windows and reconfigure your machine to run some software required in some courses.
Bringing a Laptop
Bringing a laptop to NC State in the fall does not mean you have to buy a new one. If you own a laptop that is less than two years old, compare your computer to the minimum specifications for owned machines.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, OIT has developed the following minimum recommendations, which should be met or exceeded by a new computer that you plan to bring to campus. The greater the capability (processor speed, RAM, disk capacity) and expandability you purchase now, the more likely your computer will be able to meet your future needs.
New Computer Recommendations (Minimum)
* You will need a wireless card to connect a desktop computer to a local wireless network.