Laptop Requirements

The School of Engineering & Applied Science utilizes the most up-to-date technologies in teaching.  With this in mind, all engineering and computer science students are recommended to have a laptop computer for their course work.  Starting the Fall semester of 2014 all Freshmen engineering and computer science students will be required to have a laptop computer for their course work.

The following laptops are approved for purchase for the 2014-15 school year:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad W540
  • Dell M3800 and M4800
  • HP EliteBook 8770w and Zbook 15 or 17 Mobile
  • Mac Book Pro ***For Computer Science Majors Only***

Note:  Mac OS Systems will not run some engineering related software.  Please contact the Computer Science Department with questions.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • A four year warranty
  • Advanced graphics card (Some models include ATI FireGL, ATI FirePro, NVidia Quadro FX line)
  • Laptops must have Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed.
  • A portable mouse is helpful.
  • We do provide Lenovo warranty work.

Lenovo is a prefered vendor for Gonzaga University.  For prefered vendor pricing please visit  www.lenovo.com/gonzaga

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) I have a X laptop that wasn't mentioned on the list, will it work?

A) The laptops on the approved laptop list were selected to meet the needs and requirements of the different software packages that you might use during your time at Gonzaga.  We do recommend that you choose a model from the list provided.  We cannot verify that all the required software will run properly on other machines. 

Q) Are the laptops on the approved list the only ones I can use?

A) The laptops on the approved laptop list were selected to meet the needs and requirements of the different software packages that you might use during your time at Gonzaga.  We do recommend that you choose a model from the list provided.  We cannot verify that all the required software will run properly on other machines.

Q) Can I use an Apple product?

A) Unfortunately due to some of the software packages that you could be using as an upperclassman, we had to limit the laptop choices to only  PCs.