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Art Department 

Windows Hardware Recommendations


  • CPU:  i7, i9, Xeon E3, or AMD equivalent (We recommend i7 or higher)

  • Memory: 8GB or more (Recommended: 16GB+)

  • Video Card: NVIDIA Quadro M2200 4GB (We recommend Quadro M2200 or higher)

  • Network: standard configuration should be accurate (May need to purchase additional ethernet cable adapter depending on the model)  

  • Network Cable: We recommend students bring their own 14-foot or longer Cat-6 ethernet network cable

  • Hard Disk: 256 GB SSD (solid state hard drive) or larger

  • Portable Storage: A USB flash drive is recommended (8GB or larger) or USB external hard drive

  • Warranty: Each student is strongly encouraged to have an extended warranty to cover the life of their laptop (3-4 years). This will help prevent unplanned costs and downtime for the student, or parents, in the event of a hardware malfunction or failure.

Windows Software Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10

  • Antivirus: Northwestern requires that all students have an Antivirus Program installed on their computer with up to date virus definitions before they are allowed to access on the network.

  • Office Suite: All UNW students have free access to Office 365 for their computer and mobile devices upon enrollment and can obtain the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite here.

Apple Hardware Recommendations


  • CPU: i7 Intel processor 

  • Memory: 8GB or more (Recommended: 16GB+)

  • Network: Standard configuration is adequate (May need to purchase additional ethernet cable adapter depending on the model)  

  • Network cable: We recommend students bring their own 14-foot or longer Cat-6 ethernet network cable

  • Hard Disk: 256 GB SSD (solid state hard drive) or larger 

  • Portable Storage: A USB flash drive is recommended (8GB or larger) or USB external hard drive

  • Warranty: Each student is strongly encouraged to purchase AppleCare for their laptop (3 years). This will help prevent unplanned costs and downtime for the student, or parents, in the event of a hardware malfunction or failure.

Mac Software Requirements

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra or above

  • Antivirus: Northwestern requires that all students have an Antivirus Program installed on their computer with up to date virus definitions before they are allowed to access on the network.

  • Office Suite: All UNW students have free access to Office 365 for their computer and mobile devices upon enrollment and can obtain the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite here.

Communications Department 

Computer Requirements

UNW Standard Computer requirements

Other Requirements

Solid State Drive is preferred (or minimum of 7200 RPM Hard Drive)

Engineering Department

Windows Hardware Recommendations 


  • CPU: i7-7820HQ or better

  • Memory: 8GB or more (Recommended: 16GB+)

  • Video Card: Nvidia Quadro M1200M with at least 4GB RAM (minimum)

  • Network: standard configuration should be accurate (May need to purchase additional ethernet cable adapter depending on the model)  

  • Network Cable: We recommend students bring their own 14-foot or longer Cat-6 ethernet network cable

  • Hard Disk: 256 GB SSD (solid state hard drive) or larger 

  • Inputs: Two USB 3.0 ports, one thunderbolt (USB C) port, and SD card reader
  • Warranty: Each student is strongly encouraged to have an extended warranty to cover the life of their laptop (3-4 years). This will help prevent unplanned costs and downtime for the student, or parents, in the event of a hardware malfunction or failure.

Apple Hardware Recommendations


Apple computers are not compatible with the engineering software so engineering students need to purchase a Windows based computer. 

World Languages

Computer Requirements

UNW Standard Computer requirements

Other Requirements

A web camera or built in camera/microphone 

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