Pre-College Tech Quick Start
Welcome, Pre-College Students! Before starting your Pre-College session, make sure these top tech resources are in place. Get your tech ready following our guidelines below and explore the computing resources available to you.
The Right Computer
Always check with your program director or instructor to learn:
- If you need a personal laptop for your course.
- The hardware and software specifications that are required to complete the coursework.
Some programs/courses do not require you to bring a laptop to class, and you can visit university computer labs as needed. But if you enroll in a program/course that does require a personal laptop, the CMU Tech Store can assist you with purchasing one.
If you need a personal laptop and your program director or instructor does not specify requirements, we recommend a Mac or PC that meets the specifications listed below.
|Recommended OS||macOS 11 (Big Sur) or macOS 12 (Monterey)|
|Processor*||Any Intel or Apple Silicon (M1, M1 Pro, etc.)|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD|
*Note: Mac computers with an Apple Silicon (M1) processor are unable to run Windows software through Boot Camp or VMware Fusion. If you have an M1 Mac, you can still access supported applications through Virtual Andrew.
|Processor||Core i5 2.4 GHz|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD|
Connect to Campus Internet
Our campus wireless networks provide all the bandwidth you need.
- Use CMU-SECURE to connect your computer or phone on campus.
- Use CMU-DEVICE to connect your smart devices, including gaming systems, smart speakers like Alexa or Google Home, and Smart TVs.
Find On-Campus Tech
Windows, Mac, and Linux computer labs are available across campus and offer extensive software selections. All computer labs are available for drop-in use 24/7 without an appointment unless reserved. Find the lab closest to you using our map.
Collaborate with your Class
Many software programs are available for free during your Pre-College session. Visit our Software Catalog to review the full list.
Note: Any software you install must be uninstalled once your Pre-College session ends.
Use Virtual Andrew for remote access to a number of software titles for your Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android devices. This is a great option when software is unavailable for download or cannot be run on your personal computer due to hardware or licensing limitations.
Google Workspace for Education's suite of tools can be accessed through a browser, making them the perfect option for any device.
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