School of Engineering Computer Recommendation

All academic programs in the School of Engineering rely on extensive computer usage. That means engineering students are strongly encouraged to acquire a desktop or laptop computer with the specifications outlined here. (Chemical Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering students required to have their own laptop)

University Resources

The computer labs on campus are equipped with the hardware (including printers) and software needed to successfully complete engineering degree requirements.

The University of Mississippi has student discount agreements with a variety of computer vendors. Students receiving financial aid through the University's financial aid office may request a cost-of-attendance increase for the purchase of a computer.

The School and the University have site licenses that allow enrolled students to load some software packages onto their personal machines. Students should be aware that some of these packages do not run on all operating systems.

Computer type and operating systems

The engineering departments have different requirements for computer type and operating systems.

Department Computer type Operating system
Biomedical Engineering Laptop or desktop Windows, MacOS, or Linux*
Chemical Engineering Laptop mandatory Windows
Civil Engineering Laptop or desktop Windows
Computer Engineering Laptop or desktop Windows, MacOS, or Linux*
Computer Science Laptop or desktop Windows, MacOS, or Linux*
Electrical Engineering Laptop or desktop Windows, MacOS, or Linux*
General Engineering Laptop or desktop Windows
Geology and Geological Engineering Laptop mandatory Windows
Mechanical Engineering Laptop or desktop Windows
* Note that some courses use Windows-based software

Specifications - Desktop

Component Minimum Specification*
Processor Intel Core i5
Memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB SSD
Graphics Card AMD / NVIDIA with 1 GB memory
Monitor 24"
Network Adapter Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
* Reviewed: June 12, 2019

Specifications - Laptop

Component Minimum Specification*
Processor Intel Core i5
Memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD AND external hard drive / flash drive
Graphics Card AMD / NVIDIA with 1 GB memory OR Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Screen 13"
Network Adapter Gigabit Ethernet Adapter / USB gigabit ethernet dongle AND 802.11n Wireless Adapter
* Reviewed: June 12, 2019

Apple Computers - using Windows

If courses require Windows-based software, students will need to download Windows 10 and get virtualization software to use it.

Printer

Many students find it convenient to have their own printer.

USB flash drive

These are handy for transporting data between computers.

Support

Students are responsible for supporting their own computers and should have plans to assure their machines are repaired on a timely basis if failures occur. While the School of Engineering IT office does not actively support student owned computers, they are always happy to provide limited support and guidance to students and parents.

For further questions, please contact the School of Engineering IT office: