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Laptop Requirement

Laptop Computer Requirement and Recommendations for 2015-2016

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 E7450 and Dell Latitude 5450 will receive Advanced Support.
  • Computers meeting the Recommended Configuration will receive Basic Support.
  • Apple computers will receive Basic support.

Stern Laptop Models 2015-2016 

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 E7450 Dell Latitude 5450
New Apple 2.7GHz MacBook Pro 13"
with Retina Display 256GB Flash      

Intel® Core™ i7-5600U Processor (2.6 GHz, 4M Cache)

Windows 7 Professional, No Media, 64-bit, English

8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory

256GB Solid State Drive Mini-card

14.0" Non-Touch FHD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare WLED LCD
Webcam and Mic
4-cell (54 W/HR) Battery
65W AC Adapter
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265AC 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.0 LE Half Mini Card

Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus Service

ProSupport Plus: Accidental Damage Service, 4 Years

ProSupport Plus: Next Business Day Onsite, 4 Years

ProSupport Plus: Keep Your Hard Drive, 4 Years

ProSupport Plus: 7x24 Technical Support, 4 Years

This is the thin and light model, it has no DVD drive.  It weighs approximately 3.6 pounds.
Intel® Core™ i7-5600U Processor (2.6GHz, 4M cache) 
Intel® Core™ i7-5600U Processor Base, Nvidia GeForce 840M 2G Discrete Graphics

Windows 7 Professional, No Media, 64-bit, English

8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory

500GB 2.5inch Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm) Hard Drive

14.0in FHD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare LCD

Webcam and Mic
4-cell (51W/HR) battery
65W A/C Adapter
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265AC 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.0 LE Half Mini Card

4 years ProSupport Plus, limited hardware warranty, Next Business Day Onsite, keep your hard drive, accidental damage service, 7x24 technical support. 

This model weighs approximately 4.3 pounds and does not have a DVD drive.

Intel Core i5 2.7GHz dual-core with 3MB L3 cache

Intel Iris Graphics 6100 

8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory

256GB Flash Storage, no optical drive

13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology, 2560 x 1600 resolution

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)
Force-Flex 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 lbs.

Recommend purchase of:

AppleCare for
MacBook/MB Pro 13"/MB Air

Product ID Number: 1826213 
Price: $ 183. 00

Mini DisplayPort to VGA 

Product ID Number: 4794914
Price $29.00
 Product Number: 4886828 Product Number: 4886837 Product Number: 4679001
 Price: $1305.00 Price: $1229.00 Price: $1399.00

Recommended Configuration

Hardware Requirements

  • Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB Dual Channel RAM
  • 256 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  Note: Windows 10 is not supported by Stern IT at this time and may not work with Stern and NYU services and/or software.
  • 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 Tisch L100. 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.