Let Your Major Be Your Guide - Parks College of Engineering Aviation and Technology

Research has determined that 99% of incoming students to Saint Louis University bring with them a computer and associated software. In order to realize the greatest benefit of the technology, a set of minimum recommendations have been developed to offer you a degree of continuity with the existing infrastructure and various program requirements. It is strongly recommended that you contact your department chairperson to determine the best computer configuration for your particular program.

In order to provide guidance in your selection of a computer for your Saint Louis University experience the faculty and staff of Parks College recommend the following minimum guidelines when selecting a computing platform and operating system. These recommendations are intended to serve as a college-wide minimum platform not necessarily tailored to a specific program or course. If you have questions about the usability of a particular computer feel free to ask the Chairperson of the department you are interested in joining.

Recommended Requirements

Minimum Software Recommended Software
Windows Windows 10
Microsoft Office 2007
Anti-virus Program

Windows 10
Microsoft Office (free from SLU!)
Symantec Endpoint Protection (also free)

Apple Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Microsoft Office 2008

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
Microsoft Office 2011 (free from SLU!)
iCloud - Find my device set up
Boot Camp or Parallels to run Windows Applications


MINIMUM HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS: (1 to 2-year life span at SLU)


Computer System Memory Networking Graphics Additionals

Windows or Apple :

5th Generation Core
Dual Core or Better

6GB ram

500GB+ Hard Drive,
Preferably SSD

Physical GB NIC Ethernet*

Wireless NIC 802.11g/n


256MB integrated 
Intel HD  graphics

3.0 USB  port

VGA Compatible HDMI Port

4GB USB Drive

2-yr warranty, accidental coverage



Computer System  Memory Networking Graphics  Additionals

Windows or Apple:

6th Generation Core, 2.7 GHz
(Dual Core or Better)

8GB ram or Greater

500GB+ Hard Drive or Greater

Physical GB NIC Ethernet*

Wireless NIC 802.11g/n

256 MB integrated memory
Intel HD graphics

3.0 USB port (1)

2.0 USB port (2)

VGA Compatible HDMI Port

16GB+ USB Drive

100GB+ External Hard Drive or Greater

4-yr warranty,accidental coverage

Example Systems

  • An HP Pavilion 15t Touch with i7-6500u, 8GB of memory, and 1TB Hard Drive retail for $920 (3/15/2016)
  • A Dell Inspiron 15 5000 with a Core i7-6500u, 8GB of memory, and 1TB Hard Drive retails for $903 (3/15/2016)
  • A MacBook 13" with similar configuration including 5400RPM drive retails for $1,199 (3/15/2016)

Please Note:

  • This should not be construed as an endorsement of Dell, HP or MAC computers but only examples of the cost of a computer with these specifications.
  • The MacBook will require an adapter purchased separately to be compatible with projectors used at SLU.
  • Most engineering applications will only work with a windows operating system if you decide to go with a mac you will need to install windows with either Boot Camp or Parallels for full compatibility. 
  • A Discrete graphic card is not needed but would be beneficial for 3D applications in Civil Engineering or Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Questions regarding these recommendations may be forwarded to Professor Kyle Mitchell mitchekk@slu.edu, Professor Terrence Kelly kellytk@slu.edu, or Professor Larry Boyer boyerlg@slu.edu.


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