BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

What device should I get?

Since almost all the work students perform at school is platform neutral, you have choice for your child’s computer. The laptop simply needs to meet the requirements below which can be fulfilled with a PC or a Mac. Chromebooks, iPads, eReaders, or Android devices do not meet the minimum requirements for BYOL.

Students are permitted to bring and use these secondary devices at the discretion of the faculty, but they should have their primary device at all times. 

What are the minimum requirements for my laptop?

The vast majority of new laptops will meet our minimum requirements:

  • Windows 10 or Mac OS
  • Wi-Fi access to the internet
  • Minimum 6 hour battery life
  • Adobe Flash capable
  • Microsoft Office, TI Nspire software
  • Virus, malware and spyware protection (current versions with automatic updates)

What are requirements for colleges so I can be prepared?

The following information contains the minimum and recommended specs for those who would like more guidance in purchasing their student’s device.

PC Minimum Recommended
Windows OS Windows 10 Professional (64 bit) Windows 10 Professional (64 bit)
Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
Memory 8 GB RAM 16GB RAM
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Warranty Extended Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection (highly recommended) Extended Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection (highly recommended)

 

Apple Minimum Recommended
Mac OS MacBook Air/Mac OS Big Sur 11.3 MacBook Pro/Mac OS Big Sur 11.3
Processor Apple M1 chip Apple M1 chip
Memory 8 GB RAM 16GB RAM
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Warranty AppleCare + for Mac (highly recommended) AppleCare+ for Mac (highly recommended)

 

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact Michelle Vaughn or Ashley Read.