Applicability by student classification

  • Design Students: 

    Undergraduate students enrolled in the B.Arch, BSAS, and BSID programs and graduate students enrolled in the M.Arch, MLA, MID, SD, UD, and HP programs are required to have a laptop computer and legally licensed CAD, presentation, and productivity software for use in their courses and studios. Core courses in these degree programs may include software packages in their syllabi that are required for the student to purchase and install on their computers.

  • Non-Design Students: 

    Students enrolled in a degree program that does not have a studio component are required to have a computer, but have the option to meet the requirement with a desktop or laptop. Core courses in these degree programs may include software packages in their syllabi that are required for the student to purchase and install on their computers. 

Objectives

  • Productive & Engaged Design Environments

    - The amount and variety of digital work is continually increasing over time. This policy fosters a strong learning environment by ensuring that each student has the digital tools that they need at the studio desk and in the classroom.

  • Competent and Self-Sufficient Professionals

    - The increasing role of digital technologies in all aspects of professional and academic life means that technological competency and self-sufficiency will likely be necessary for the success of our graduates. This policy places ownership and responsibility for their personal computing environment into the hands of the student so that they can develop the skills, habits, and proficiencies that they will need to navigate the technological aspects of their future.

Funding

Students submit a request to the Office of Financial Aid for a one-time $4,000 increase in the estimated cost of attendance for each new student, to cover computer and software purchases. For more details, please vist: Student Computer Funding - Financial Aid Process

Details

For more information about hardware and software requirements and recommendations from the Office of Information Technology, including links to special purchase programs, please visit the Student Computer Policy Wiki.