Student's Guide to Purchasing a Computer

Student Guide to Purchasing a Computer

We strongly recommend that you bring your own laptop to help ensure your success as a Wellesley student. Most courses will require daily online access to course resources in Sakai, Google, and other online systems. 

Recommended Specifications:

  • Windows 10/11 64-bit, or macOS 14 (Sonoma)
  • 8 GB or more of RAM.
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, or Apple M2 or higher processor.
  • 500GB or larger hard drive, or 256GB or larger SSD.
  • Wireless (WiFi), 802.11ac, dual band (2.4Ghz  & 5Ghz).
  • A backup solution for your personal data.
    • An external hard drive for a complete backup of your computer that is at least twice the size of your computer’s internal drive, to be used with programs such as Time Machine on macOS.
    • Or a subscription to an online cloud backup service, such as iCloud or Backblaze.
    • Your Wellesley College Google Drive account can be used to store important files such as documents, photos, and videos, but it is not a replacement for a complete backup solution.
  • Four year warranty that covers both manufacturer and accidental damage.

What to bring with your computer:

  • All documentation and software license information for your computer.
  • Case or sleeve to protect your laptop.
  • Surge protector.

What NOT to bring:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as video & audio streaming boxes and remote-controlled lights, may not fully work on our campus WiFi network.
  • Wireless printers and wireless routers will not work with our WiFi network.
    • 24/7 printing is available in the Bates, Munger, Shafer, Stone-Davis, and Tower Residence Halls, and printers are also available in Clapp Library, the Science Center, and Pendleton Hall.
    • If you want to bring a personal printer, you will need to connect it to your computer with a USB cable.

Get connected with more campus technology resources

Where can I ask questions about campus technology?

  • E-mail your questions to
  • Call the Computing Help Desk at (781) 283-7777, Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm.
  • For more information, search the Wellesley website for “technology orientation”