Incoming Students

To ensure the best possible experience here at Notre Dame, ESC recommends that your laptop has the following minimum configuration:

Hardware and OS (Operating System)

  • Windows Laptop
    • Intel Quad Core i5 processor (AMD equivalent Ryzen 5)
      • Intel Quad Core i7 or higher is preferred (AMD equivalent Ryzen 7)
    • 16GB RAM
    • 512GB of SSD or NVMe storage
      • Physical spinning disk (i.e. SATA) is not recommended
    • Microsoft Windows 10
      • Home edition in S mode is not recommended
  • Apple Mac Laptop
    • Apple M1 processor or Intel Quad Core i7 (or higher) processor
    • 16GB RAM
    • 512GB of SSD or NVMe Storage
      • Physical spinning disk (i.e. SATA) is not recommended
    • MacOS version 10.15 or higher

We do not recommend a Chromebook, as the Chrome OS will not allow you to utilize many of the services provided here at Notre Dame.

Note: Many Engineering courses utilize resource-intensive applications (ex. Solidworks, Autodesk Civil 3D, Autodesk Maya, others) which perform better with higher-end hardware.  In lieu of running these applications on your laptop, ESC provides access to these applications in physical computer labs and virtualized computer labs (ex. Amazon Appstream).

Discounted Purchasing through Notre Dame

  • Lenovo offers discounted machines for ND students through the ND Book Store (Hammes) that can be customized to meet the above standards
  • Apple computers can also be purchased the ND Book Store

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at

Thank you!!