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Student Purchases

Computer Purchase Recommendations for the Class of 2018

Franklin & Marshall College encourages all students to purchase a mobile computer. Below is a list of the minimum technical requirements that have been identified by our faculty. 

Special pricing for Franklin & Marshall students has been arranged through Apple or Dell for your convenience. However, you may choose any computer made by any other manufacturer you may desire.

Minimum Configurations

The following minimum configurations necessary to take advantage of the campus network and to successfully run all college-supported programs.

Operating System

OS X Mavericks (v10.9) or
Windows 8.1 Home Premium

Processor  i5 2.4 GHz
Storage Minimum of 256 GB of local storage supplemented by cloud-based storage or an external hard drive. We also recommend students consider a back-up service such as CrashPlan or Carbonite.
Display 13"
Optical Drive Some courses may require data to be submitted on a DVD or CD, an external DVD writer is recommended for such purposes.
Wireless Networking 802.11n Wi-Fi
Warranty 3 year

Links for special pricing

Apple Purchases

Dell Purchases

Lenovo Purchases