Chatham University

Graduate Laptop Program

Graduate Laptop Requirement

All Chatham University Health Sciences and Interior Architecture part-time and full-time graduate students will be required to provide their own laptop or mobile workstation computer. Each program will have a hardware minimum required spec that will need to be met.

Financial aid options will be available for assistance in purchasing the laptop or mobile workstation. If a student plans to use existing equipment, they must make sure that the computer meets the minimum specs set by their graduate program and be able to run any software required by that program.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Does my program require a laptop?
  2. What type of laptop should I bring?
  3. Where can I purchase my laptop?
  4. Where can I purchase the required software?
  5. Can I use my existing laptop?
  6. What kind of technical support does Chatham offer?
  1. Does my program require a laptop?

    All full-time and part-time graduate students entering one of the following programs: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture, or Master of Physician Assistant Studies, are required to provide a laptop or mobile workstation computer and software that meets their program’s requirements.

  2. What type of laptop should I bring?

    Each program has its own set of hardware and software requirements. To see the exact laptop or mobile workstation requirement for your program visit the Laptop Requirement by Program page.

  3. Where can I purchase my laptop?

    Laptops can be purchased at any retail store or bought directly from the vendors at these links:

  4. Where can I purchase the required software?

    Each year Chatham enters into a campus agreement with Microsoft. This agreement gives students and faculty the ability to purchase current Microsoft Office Professional media for $20.00. Microsoft operating system upgrade media are also available for $20.00.

  5. Can I use my existing laptop?

    Students can use their existing laptop or mobile workstation as long as it meets the minimum specifications set by their program and is able to run any software required by the program.

  6. What kind of technical support does Chatham offer?

    Chatham HelpDesk can assist with virus scans and installing any required software.


Laptop Requirements by Program

Because of the importance of access to research and networked information and the extent that the Chatham University Health Sciences, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Architecture programs rely on technology and communications, all program's part-time and full-time graduate students will be required to provide their own laptop or mobile workstation computer. Each program has a hardware minimum required spec that will need to be met. For financial assistance in purchasing a laptop or mobile workstation, students will be provided financial aid options. If the student already has equipment, it must meet the minimum specs set by their perspective program and be able to run any software required by that program.

Click on any of the following links to find the laptop requirement for a particular program:


Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Physician Assistant Studies

PLEASE NOTE THAT WINDOWS-BASED LAPTOPS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE / SOFTWARE MINIMUMS:

  • 4GB Memory or more
  • 120GB hard drive
  • Wireless A/B/G (/N)
  • DVD+/-RW drive
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional/ Windows 8 Professional (Mac OSX Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion for Apple MacIntosh)
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 (or Microsoft Office 2008 for Apple MacIntosh)
  • AntiVirus

RECOMMENDED ITEMS:

  • 3 year manufacturer's hardware warranty (3 year AppleCare for Apple MacIntosh)
  • 3 year Accidental Damage Protection Policy
  • Theft insurance

MODELS THAT MEET REQUIREMENTS:

  • HP Elitebook 8470p Notebook
  • HP 2760P Tablet
  • Apple MacBook Air 13"
  • Apple MacBook Air 15"

Privacy Screen is also required for your laptop


Interior Architecture

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE / SOFTWARE MINIMUMS:

  • 4GB memory
  • 160GB hard drive
  • Wireless A/B/G (/N)
  • DVD+/-RW drive
  • Dedicated video memory (minimum 256MB)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Vista Business, or Windows 7 Professional (or Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Apple MacIntosh)
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 (or Microsoft Office 2008 for Apple MacIntosh)
  • VMFusion (For MacIntosh computers running OS X and needing to run Windows 7 for CAD apps)
  • AntiVirus

RECOMMENDED ITEMS:

  • 3 year manufacturer hardware warranty (3 year AppleCare for Apple MacIntosh)
  • 3 year Accidental Damage Protection Policy
  • Theft insurance

MODELS THAT MEET REQUIREMENTS:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2.66GHz
  • Dell Precision M2400
  • HP 8440p Notebook
  • HP 8440w 14" Mobile Workstation
  • HP 8540w 15.6" Mobile Workstation
  • HP 8740w 17" Mobile Workstation