All new freshmen are required to have a wireless laptop for use in their classes.
The College of Engineering at OSU committed to promoting technology and using it to develop a more engaging and innovative learning experience for our students.
Several key first- and second-year courses in engineering, computer science, and science are using wireless technology to improve education through a more "hands-on" learning environment. Additional courses are incorporating wireless technology each year.
Because laptops are required for College of Engineering students, the Office of Financial Aid will increase the cost of attendance (budget) for a student to include a laptop ONCE during their academic career when requested by the student. Students must complete a Cost of Attendance Revision Request, which can found at: https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/forms under "Other Forms".
The College of Engineering does not require a specific wireless laptop because of the dynamic and diverse character of the computer marketplace. Rather, we encourage students to make their own choice of specific manufacturer and configuration. We have established minimum requirements as guidance.
For the computer intensive applications used by engineering majors, we recommend a laptop computer that exceeds these minimum requirements. Naturally, the performance of a laptop depends on the processor and amount of RAM installed. Students who already have a laptop computer can simply add a wireless card.
We suggest you shop around for the best pricing on laptop computers that meet the minimum requirements. Reliability and support should be strongly considered in your decision. There are many sources of independent laptop evaluation available on the internet, and you should also seek recommendations from current laptop users.
For your convenience, the OSU College of Engineering has provided links to the online academic stores for Dell, HP and Apple Computer.