Student Requirements

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Laptop Requirements

The system shown below was chosen to provide College of Education students the widest range of features while still maintaining low prices.  If a student has made a recent purchase of a laptop and would like to use the laptop in the program, these are the minimum requirements which the unit must meet.


  • 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage (256GB option popular choice)
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Built-in battery (10 hours)
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook / Macbook Air / 13" MacBook Pro - Auto-enroll

Recommended Software

The College of Education also recommends that students purchase the most recent version of Microsoft Office for MacOS X. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers these software packages at a substantial discount to University of Illinois students through the Microsoft Student Select partnership.

The College of Education also recommends that students purchase virus protection for MacOS X. Sophos is currently offered to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students at substantial discount.

How to Purchase

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign encourags students to purchase through the Illini Union Tech Zone. They work to bring the lowest prices possible to faculty, staff and students. You can also visit the University of Illinois Webstore to purchase discounted software.

After Your Purchase

Technology Services at Education maintains a team of consultants dedicated to the support of computing within the College of Education. We recommend that students visit User Services in Room 25 Education during the first few weeks of the semester to receive instructions on how to access the wired/wireless Internet and how to print within the College, to acquire additional software such as anti-virus and spyware software, and to have any other questions answered regarding the laptop.

User Services will also provide the support throughout the year should students have software or hardware issues with these recommended laptops.

User Services
Room 25 Education, 1310 S Sixth St  Champaign, IL 61820
phone: 217-244-7005 |