Skip to Knowledge Base content

Student Computer Specifications

Student Computer Specifications


Revised on 04/14/2016

If you are a student at Mississippi State University considering a computer purchase, we encourage you to read this page carefully.

Some departments and colleges require or recommend specific hardware and/or software that may vary from the university baseline specifications. If you are a student in one of these academic units, you should follow these computer guidelines:

For students not in one of these colleges or departments, the following specifications should be considered as recommended minimums for any new computer purchase.

Minimum Student Laptop Computer Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel i5
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Hard Disk (or SSD): 500 GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD-ROM
  • Network connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Operating System: macOS 10.13 High Sierra or Windows 10


As with most other major purchases, it is good advice to choose a reputable brand from a reputable source. The Gartner Group, an independent provider of research and analysis on information technology, lists quality manufacturers of Windows compatible computers. The Gartner list contains brands such as Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Although not on the Gartner list, Howard Computers, based in Laurel, Mississippi, is also worthy of consideration. If you plan on purchasing an Apple computer, the Gartner list does not apply since there is only one manufacturer.

Extended Warranty

Many computer manufacturers provide extended warranties that cover problems beyond the normal warranty period. ITS strongly recommends that you purchase a three-year onsite warranty along with your new computer. Details of these warranties will vary depending on the manufacturer.

100% helpful - 1 review


Article ID: 1195
Fri 3/2/18 10:13 AM
Fri 5/25/18 3:31 PM

Files (1)