Computers & Software

Purchasing a laptop?

We strongly recommend you bring your own laptop to campus.  Review this information and recommendations before purchasing a new computer.

  • Education discount program through Apple at
  • Apple Certified Refurbished computers at
  • Education discount program though Dell at Macalester College Dell Member ID: US30732314.
  • International students with a U.S. credit card billing address can order from Apple and Dell web stores.
  • Macalester College does not provide repair services for personally owned equipment.

Baseline Technology Recommendations

  • Form factor: Laptop strongly recommend. Desktop computers, Chromebooks, and tablets are fine to bring, but may not meet your academic needs.
  • System memory: 8GB required minimum; 16GB or more recommended. If you anticipate a computationally intensive course of study maximizing your memory will be incredibly helpful.
  • Computer operating systems: macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer; Windows 10 version 1909 or newer.
  • Storage: 128GB minimum, 256GB or more recommended. Strongly recommend a solid-state hard drive (SSD).