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Klamath Falls Students

The Klamath Falls campus is currently transitioning to a complete Bring Your Own Device model, similar to the Portland Metro campus. This transition will be completed for the start of the Fall 2023 term at which time students will be required to bring their own laptop to campus. During this transition, general computer labs will have some available computers loaded with the software required to complete coursework but those numbers will be reduced as we approach Summer 2023. Specialty computer labs will retain computers due to their specific interface needs. We provide students with cloud access, via Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), to the same program-specific software available in the labs, so that students have access to necessary software on their own devices. If you plan to enroll at Oregon Tech for Fall 2023, we strongly suggest you bring your own computer.

Portland-Metro Students

The Portland-Metro campus operates on the Bring Your Own Device model.  This means that students are required to bring a laptop. This is to ensure students have a more consistent, comfortable, and productive experience while completing school work. We provide remote access to program-specific software through our Azure Virtual Desktop environment available to all students. Laptop stations are located in the classrooms where students can use monitors on campus as their second screen by utilizing a courtesy HDMI cable.

Oregon Tech encourages students to decide on which brand and model best fits their academic and financial requirements. Below are program-specific recommendations for laptops and documentation to provide assistance in locating and installing your program's software. Dell has a special website with discounts just for Oregon Tech students www.dell.com/oit

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General Laptop Specifications for College of Engineering, Technology and Management (ETM)

Minimum Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 9th Generation or newer (9000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (3000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP

General Laptop Specifications for College of Health, Arts and Sciences (HAS)

Minimum Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 9th Generation or newer (9000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (3000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP

 

CSET/ESET Laptop Specifications

CPU: The CPU is important for IT/HI/Cybersecurity software. The CPU computes most of the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 12 GB should be sufficient for running a virtual machine or your software. However, if you have 2 virtual machines or more running simultaneously then your system will be slow and you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for school programs and some personal use. 512 GB allows you to keep videos, install video games or store lots of pictures and music. A solid-state drive is important for speed and performance of your software. A NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software and IDEs. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features. If you have a Mac that meets the requirements or strongly prefer one, you will also need to purchase a license of Windows and use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP
 

EERE Laptop Specifications

CPU: The CPU is very important for engineering software. The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency mean a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare the performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. We recommend having 16-32 GB of RAM to allow you to run multiple applications at the same time such as a web browser, CAD software, and Microsoft Office.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 512GB is enough for school programs and files. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games, or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for the speed and performance of your software. An NVMe solid-state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA-based solid state.

Graphics Card: A graphics card can render 3D images more efficiently than a CPU. Programs like AutoCAD depend on a graphics card to improve performance. Like CPUs, if you would like a comparison between cards you can visit PassMark Software. (Ex the minimum recommended graphics card score is 1223 and the recommended score is 5826)

Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, the software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features. If you have a Mac that meets the requirements or strongly prefer one, you will also need to purchase a license for Windows and use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac.

USB 3.0: You will be using several different microcontrollers and FPGAs. USB 3.0 provides higher data and power throughput. One port is enough, but you might find that having two or more ports handy.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Minimum Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 9th Generation or newer (9000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • GPU: Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • OS: Windows 10 Home or above
  • USB 3.0 (preferably 2 ports)
  • Webcam and Microphone

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP 

EMS Laptop Specifications

Laptops for the students in the EMS will be used for test taking and school work. There isn't a requirement for EMS students to have a laptop. These are guidelines for a laptop that will last you 4 years.

CPU: The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Most of your work will not require anything more than an i5 Intel Processor. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work. ITS does not recommend Chromebooks.

Minimum Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 9th Generation or newer (9000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (3000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP

PSY/ABA Laptop Specifications

CPU: The CPU is the main “engine” in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution:  1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP

MECH/MMET Laptop Specifications

CPU: The CPU is very important for engineering software. The CPU does almost all the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. We recommend having at least 16 GB of RAM to allow you to run multiple applications at the same time such as a web browser, CAD software, and Microsoft Office.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for school programs and files. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for speed and performance of your software. A NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Graphics Card: A graphics card can render 3D images more efficiently than a CPU. Programs like AutoCAD and Solidworks depend on a graphics card to improve performance. Like CPUs, if you would like a comparison between cards you can visit PassMark Software. (Ex the minimum recommended graphics card scores 1223 and the recommended scores 5826)

Screen Resolution:  1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, software may not scale well and appear. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software. A few engineering programs have a Mac version, but often they are missing many key features. Solidworks has stated that there is not enough demand from industry to develop a Mac client since the majority of product design teams use Windows.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Minimum Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 9th Generation or newer (9000 series or newer)
              AMD Ryzen 5 (3000 series or newer)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Webcam and Microphone

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP

IT/HI/CYBERSECURITY

CPU: The CPU is important for IT/HI/Cybersecurity software. The CPU computes most of the calculations in your computer. Generally, more cores and higher frequency means a faster CPU. However, it is important to look at benchmarks when comparing processors, especially when comparing AMD and Intel. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, having more RAM means more programs can be running at once. VMs (virtual machines) will use 2-4 GB of RAM each. In order to run three VMs at the same time and other applications, you should have 16 GB of RAM or more.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 512GB is enough for school programs, VMs, and files. If you wish to store personal videos, install video games, or keep lots of pictures and music you will need a 1TB drive. A solid-state drive (SSD) is important for the speed and performance of your software. An NVMe solid-state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA-based solid state. Large-capacity internal storage is convenient, but you can get an external USB 3.0 SSD to make up the difference.

Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. A lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software may not scale well or appear correctly. A touch screen is not needed for schoolwork, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: We require Windows 10. MacOS is not supported by several pieces of IT or business software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but often they are missing many key features. If you have a Mac that meets the requirements or strongly prefer one, you will also need to use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac.

Webcam and Microphone: Depending on the class, you may need to attend a class remotely. Be sure that your laptop has a webcam and microphone otherwise you may need to purchase it separately.

Ethernet Port: Thin and light laptops remove the ethernet port to save space. If your laptop does not have an ethernet port, purchase a USB ethernet adapter.

Sample Computers

These are only examples. You can often find better deals by shopping at retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon instead of purchasing directly through the manufacturer. 

Dell
HP