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Technology Requirements

Technology Program

College of Liberal Arts Technology Laptop Requirement

All undergraduate CLA students are required to have a laptop computer. CLA continues to develop its successful technology programs, which encourages all students to actively use laptop technology in their courses and course assignments. The laptop requirement supports our effort to ensure that CLA students gain valuable technology skills and experience as an integrated part of their education in the humanities and social sciences: making students more competitive in their future academic and professional careers. 

You are welcome to purchase a laptop from wherever you like as long as it meets the technology requirements. CLA has worked with the UMD Computer Corner which offers Mac and Windows laptops and accessories with excellent features and prices often below retail. 
Required technology purchased at the Computer Corner is sales-tax free. 

All UMD students are able to include the cost of a personal computer in their request for Financial Aid. Financial Aid Computer Information 

For Windows 10 or current Mac OS (10.12+), look for a 1.6 GHz multi-core processor or faster, with at least 8GB RAM, and remember a warranty service agreement and replacement insurance for at least three years is very helpful. At this point, Chromebooks do not have the capabilities to fully replace the functions and requirements of a full Windows laptop or MacBook.

Software Information 
UMD Students have access to a variety of software applications. Some commercial software is available to CLA students at little or no direct cost:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows), ESRI ArcGIS DesktopMicrosoft Office, and SPSS. Other software such as Microsoft Office, Windows 10 or Adobe products are available at the UMD Bookstore Computer Corner at academic prices. Remember to ask for the student academic pricing at stores when purchasing software.

The University of Minnesota uses Google Apps for email, file storage and sharing, calendar, contacts and other functions. These applications are free to all students, faculty and staff.

Antivirus software and Microsoft Office are strongly recommended.