Laptop Requirements - Tuition - Christopher Newport University


Laptop Requirements

Laptop recommendations to satisfy the university requirement standards

Major Type Example Estimated cost
All majors in Luter School of Business PC only Dell XPS 13* $2,000
All other majors PC or Apple Dell XPS 13*, MacBook Air (M2) $2,000 - $2,100
  • Fine Arts and Humanities recommends students bring computers capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud apps
  • Some programs used by Physics, Computer Science and Engineering run more smoothly on Windows but can work on macOS

*Other compatible PC laptops include Lenovo, HP and Microsoft Surface. Chromebooks are not supported.


Type Recommended
Processor Intel Core i7 or Apple m2 or AMD equivalent
Memory 16GB or better
Hard drive 500GB SSD or better
Video Dedicated 1GB (or more) or integrated video
Wireless 802.11ac
Warranty Four-year manufacturer warranty all on hardware, including accidental damage
Operating systems Microsoft Windows 10 or newer (not in S-mode)
Apple macOS 11 or newer
Full Linux builds newer than July 2022
Software Microsoft Office 365 is free while enrolled at CNU
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