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Laptop Requirement

Laptop Computer Requirement and Recommendations for 2014-2015 

2015 - 2016 Recommendations Coming Soon! Expected June 19, 2015

All full and part-time MBA students and incoming undergraduate students are required to have a laptop computer.  The laptop requirement ensures that you will have access to the resources needed to successfully complete NYU Stern's program of study.

If you will be purchasing a laptop for your time at NYU Stern, we offer a NYU Stern laptop in partnership with Dell and Apple.  If you already own a laptop computer, or choose to select another model, please be sure that it meets our Recommended Configuration.

The type of laptop you choose will determine the level of support you receive from Stern IT. 

  • NYU Stern Dell Latitude E7440 and Dell Latitude 5440 will receive Advanced Support.
  • Computers meeting the Recommended Configuration will receive Basic Support.
  • Apple computers will receive Basic support.

Stern Laptop Models 2014-2015

The following recommended laptop models will be available at the NYU Computer Store 726 Broadway.  Prices are subject to change. All listed models compatible with the NYU Stern wireless network.

Weights listed are approximate and may vary with configuration. All software is sold separately with the exception of the operating system.

Dell  Latitude E7440 Dell Latitude 5440
 Apple MacBook Pro 13"        
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4600U Processor (2.1 GHz, 4M Cache)
Windows 7 Professional, No Media, 64-bit, English
8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory
500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
14.0 HD (1366x768) Wide View Anti-Glare WLED-backlit
Light Sensitive Webcam and Noise Canceling Digital Array Mic
Software for Integrated Camera
Intel® Integrated HD 4400 Graphics
4-cell (47Whr) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge
65W AC Adapter, 3-pin
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11AC Wi-Fi + BT 4.0LE Half Mini Card

4 Year Basic Hardware Service with 4 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis
4 Year Accidental Damage Service

This is the thin and light model, it has no DVD drive.  It weighs approximately 3.6 pounds.
4th gen Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor (1.6GHz, 3M cache) 
Intel® Core™ i5-4200U processor, Integrated Graphics, Express Card
Windows 7 Professional, No Media, 64-bit, English
4GB (1x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory
320GB (7200 rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Intel® Integrated HD Graphics 4400
14.0in HD (1366x768) Anti-Glare WLED-backlit
6-cell (65Wh) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge™
90W A/C Adapter (3-pin)
Dell Wireless™ 1506 802.11g/n Single Band Wi-Fi Half Mini Card Driver
Light Sensitive Webcam and Noise Canceling Digital Array Mic

4 Year Basic Hardware Service with 4 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis
4 Year Accidental Damage Service

This model has DVD drive and weighs approximately 4.3 pounds
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
2560 x 1600 resolution
2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB L3 cache
8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L memory
256GB Flash Storage
no optical drive
Intel Iris Graphics
two Thunderbolt ports
two USB 3 ports
HDMI port
SDXC Card slot
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0
720p FaceTime HD Camera
built-in stereo speakers
built-in omnidirectional microphone
Native Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately) Multi-Touch trackpad, Backlit keyboard
Precision aluminum enclosure
60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter,
Built-in lithium-polymer battery
(H x W x D) .71" x 12.35" x 8.62" wt.: 3.46 pounds
 Product Number: 4211394  
 Product Number: 4206259 Product Number: 3776494
 Price: $1189.00  Price: $859.00  Price: $1349.00

Recommended Configuration

Hardware Requirements

  • Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB Dual Channel RAM
  • 320 GB or more hard drive
  • 12” or larger monitor
  • 6 hour battery life (recommended)
  • 2 or more USB ports (recommended)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless Adapter
  • VGA Display adapter (for Macs)

Software Requirements

  • English-language OS
  • Windows 7/8 Professional Edition or Mac OS 10.x
  • Anti-Virus Software required – Stern provides free Symantec license
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student - Word, Excel and Powerpoint (recommended)


Support for the wireless network and laptop computing is provided by our HelpDesk located in KMC UC-120. The level of support will depend on the laptop. Basic support will be provided for the NYU Stern MacBook Pro. Basic support will be provided for laptops meeting our recommend configuration requirements. Advanced support, which include hardware support assistance, will be provided for the Stern Dell Latitude models listed above.

Basic Support

Students with a laptop meeting the Minimum Configuration will receive Basic Support.  Basic Support provides "best-effort" assistance to access basic Stern resources including Gmail, wireless, web applications and printing.  Access to Stern services are not guaranteed and may depend on the condition of the computer and its components.   NYU Stern does not provide hardware assistance, including assistance to repair broken, disabled or faulty computers or computer components.

Advanced Support

Students who purchase a NYU Stern Recommended Dell Latitude listed above will receive Advanced Support. Advanced Support provides assistance to access all NYU Stern resources including: Gmail, wireless, printing, and web applications.   Troubleshooting of NYU Stern-supported software will be provided.  NYU Stern IT will provide troubleshooting assistance and coordinate with Dell to provide hardware support should a hardware component in the laptop fail.  In the event that the laptop experiences critical software failures, NYU Stern IT will assist in restoring the laptop to the original factory software installation.

What level of support will your vendor provide?

Hardware components sometimes fail.  If you have a NYU Stern Recommended Dell laptop, we will be able to help you get the problem solved.  If you are planning to purchase a different laptop, be sure to ask about their service and support warranty.  Some vendors provide on-site, next business day support while others provide mail-in support that may result in a three-week, or longer, turnaround period.  You may have the option to purchase premium level support, which is recommended, as you will be relying heavily on your laptop to complete your coursework and assignments.