Recommendations for 2014-2015

Having your own computer is not required, however, DigiPen highly recommends that students have or purchase a laptop for the flexibility and portability that they provide for learning and collaboration purposes.

Student who have their laptops prior to Orientation will have the opportunity to configure it for the DigiPen wireless network prior to the start of classes and become oriented with the DigiPen network.

How are students to obtain laptops?

Students may purchase laptops from their preferred vendor. DigiPen does not recommend any specific vendor, model, or platform over others; however, we have listed some vendors and laptops below that may help you with your search. Additionally, some software needed for classes may not be available at the same time over different platforms. We've listed minimum specifications below, should you want to build your own laptop.

Local vendors

What minimum specifications should the laptop meet?

If you already own a laptop or would like to save some money in the immediate future, consider purchasing a laptop that meets the following specifications that will be powerful enough for your first two years and then consider upgrading to a more powerful machine for your junior and senior year. Not only will the cost be lower by the time you need that more powerful technology, but the technology may have improved by that time as well.

Specifications for the first and second year undergraduates

Processor

  • Any quad-core or better processor
  • 8 GB of RAM minimum

Video Card

  • Dedicated video card, not integrated graphics
  • Support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4
  • Mobility Radeon HD 8000 series or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTE 750M or better

Other

  • Minimum two-year warranty (The longer and more inclusive the warranty the better.)
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • DVD drive
  • Minimum wireless: 802.11n, recommend wireless: 802.11n dual-band

Specifications recommended for students entering the Master's program and for undergraduates wishing to purchase a laptop to use for all four years. Minimum specifications were determined based on software requirements and faculty recommendations for the school year.

  • Preferred operating system: Windows® 7/ Windows® 8 64-bit with latest service pack.
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Processor 2.4GHz or better AMD Phenom 2 X4 Quad-core 2.5GHz or better
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 500 GB
  • ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4850 or better NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or better, 512MB minimum video RAM, Shader 3.0 or better fully compatible graphics card, latest drivers for the video card
  • Wireless: 802.11n
  • Minimum three-year year warranty

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should be aware that the cost of a laptop can be added to the student's budget for the purposes of computing financial aid under the guidelines of the Department of Education. Typical costs of laptops can range from between $800 to $2,000. Federal regulations allow DigiPen to take the documented cost of the laptop purchased for your studies into account when determining your eligibility for loan assistance. For most students, the increased eligibility will be in the form private student loan funding.

If you have questions about the financial aid application process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (425) 629-5002.

Questions?

Email admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.