Laptop Requirement for Meek School Students

Students seeking degrees from the Meek School of Journalism will be required to complete class exercises and produce content using personal laptops. While the school currently provides some computer labs, you may not be able to complete all of your assignments if you rely solely on school equipment and software.

Meek School students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism are required to purchase a laptop and the appropriate software, prior to enrolling in JOUR 271.

Students seeing a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication are required to purchase a laptop prior to enrolling in IMC 205.

Before purchasing a laptop, be sure to check the system requirements listed below.

System Requirements

When purchasing a laptop, customers will have to make sure the one selected meets the school’s specifications or the required software may not work properly.

Windows

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280×800 display
  • 7200 RPM or faster hard drive
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.*

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280×800 display
  • 7200 RPM hard drive
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.*

*This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe online services, including the Adobe® Creative Cloud™ service, are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms and Adobe’s online privacy policy. The applications and online services are not available in all countries or languages, may require user registration, and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

Software Requirements and Recommendations
All students must purchase word processing software, if it is not already included with the laptop purchased.  (Microsoft Office Recommended)