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 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Office 2007
Anti-virus Program

Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Office (free from SLU!)
Symantec Endpoint Protection (also free)

Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Microsoft Office 2008

Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Microsoft Office 2011 (free from SLU!)
iCloud - Find my device set up


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


Computer System Memory Networking Devices
Core i5

Core i5

6GB ram

500 GBHard Drive

NIC (10/100 base-t
Ethernet) and
Wireless NIC

4GB USB Drive




Computer System  Memory Networking Devices
Intel Quad Core i5 or i7

Intel Quad Core i5 or i7
8GB ram or Greater

500GB Hard Drive or Greater
NIC (gb Ethernet Card) and Wireless NIC (802.11 g/n)


16GB USB Drive or Greater

100GB External Hard Drive or Greater

VGA Display Out

Example Systems:

  • An HP Pavilion 14t Touch with i3-5010u, 6GB of memory, and 750GB Hard Drive retail for $649 (3/3/2015)
  • A Dell Inspiron 15 7000 with a Core i7-5500u, 8GB of memory, and 1TB Hard Drive retails for $1,199 (3/3/2015)
  • A MacBook Air 13" with similar configuration retails for $1,249 (3/3/2015)

Please Note:

  • This should not be construed as an endorsement of Dell, 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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