Frequently Asked Questions for non-CoAD Undergraduate Programs*

* While students enrolling in the College of Architecture and Design may find useful information within these FAQs, they must purchase the required desktop model for use in their Studio classroom. Questions regarding the computer requirement for students entering the College of Architecture and Design can be e-mailed to CoAD-ComputerRequirement@njit.edu.

1: Must I have a personal computer to attend NJIT?
2: Should I use a notebook computer?
3: Can I use the computer I already own?
4: My existing PC almost meets NJIT’s baseline specifications. What should I do?
5: I have a computer with an AMD processor, or Macintosh Computer. Can I use it?
6: Can I use a device running Android, iOS or another mobile OS as my primary device?
7: Can I use Linux as my primary operating system?
8: Does NJIT provide the option of discounted computer purchases by incoming students?
9: What are the specifications for the NJIT computer model? How do I order one?
10: What kind of support does NJIT provide for computers purchased through the NJIT vendor partnership?
11: Can I use a portable device anywhere on the NJIT campus with network connectivity?
12: Can I connect to the NJIT network from my home or residence hall room?
13: I am a transfer student entering NJIT this semester. Will I need a computer and am I eligible to receive the software package?
14: Will NJIT provide software for my major program?
15: Can I add my personal computer purchase cost to my NJIT bill?

1: Must I have a personal computer to attend NJIT?

YES! Access to a personal computer is essential for completion of all NJIT degree programs. Although the university provides a large number of public computing facilities on campus, freshman without access at their places of residence may not have sufficient time to complete all assignments.

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2: Should I use a notebook computer?

YES! Recent significant upgrades to the campus wireless network has allowed for substantial growth in mobile computing on campus by NJIT students, both in and out of the classroom. Therefore, for freshmen and transfer students enrolled in programs other than those offered by the College of Architecture and Design, we recommend the computer requirement be met with one of the mobile computers offered through our vendor partnership.A mobile computer will also allow you to more ably participate with future BYOD (bring-your-own device) interactions.

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3: Can I use the computer I already own?

YES! If your system meets or exceeds the recommended university specifications, then you may use your own computer. All students will be given instructions on how to download the NJIT software bundle during Miniversity, NJIT’s freshman orientation program held during the summer. Students using their own computer are responsible for the installation and configuration of all software, as well as all hardware support.

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4: My existing PC almost meets NJIT’s baseline specifications. What should I do?

Contact NJIT’s IST Computing Helpdesk at 973-596-2900 with your computer’s details. A simple hardware upgrade to your existing computer may allow it to meet recommended specifications.

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5: I have a computer with an AMD processor, or Macintosh Computer. Can I use it?

For a variety of reasons (price-to-performance ratio, vendor driver support, etc), NJIT strongly recommends you chose a computer with an Intel processor. All models offered through our vendor are equipped with Intel processors. If you still want to use an AMD processor, NJIT strongly recommends a dual-core AMD FX "Piledriver" processor at a minimum.

If you are using a Macintosh computer, NJIT requires an Intel-based Mac with Iris Pro or better graphics card. For an optimal experience when using engineering & computational software, NJIT strongly recommends a dedicated Nvidia or AMD graphics card, such as those on some iMac desktops, the high-end 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and all MacPro workstations. Mac Mini desktops, the 13” MacBook Pro (non-Retina Display) and MacBook Air notebooks do not support Intel Iris Pro or dedicated graphics, and are not acceptable for use as a primary computer at NJIT. They may however be useful in a supplemental role.

To ensure maximum compatibility with NJIT’s software suite, students using Mac computers are strongly encouraged to install Windows via BootCamp, not Parallels or VMWare.

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6: Can I use a device running Android, iOS or another mobile OS as my primary device?

No, but such devices may be useful in a support role. The NJIT software package is primarily compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, although we do offer some titles for Mac OS X. Students are unable to meet the NJIT’s computing requirements using Android, iOS, or other mobile operating systems. NJIT considers these devices to be “content-consumers” not “content-creators.” Students may find taking in-class notes on an iPad or similar device more comfortable than a notebook computer, however all students must still have access to a computer that meets or exceeds the minimum recommended specifications in their place of residence.

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7: Can I use Linux as my primary operating system?

No, but you can use Linux as a secondary operating system running on a separate partition from Microsoft Windows. This is because the NJIT software package is primarily compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, although we do offer some titles for Mac OS X. Students are unable to meet the NJIT’s computing requirements using Linux as their primary operating system. To ensure maximum compatibility with NJIT’s software suite, Microsoft Windows must be run as a host operating system, not through emulation or virtualization.

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8: Does NJIT provide the option of discounted computer purchases by incoming students?

YES! Since the fall of 2004, NJIT has partnered with a major hardware vendor to provide computers for student purchases. Special academic and volume pricing models are made available at significant discounts. More information.

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9: What are the specifications for the NJIT computer model?  How do I order one?

The models NJIT selects from our vendor for each new academic year are generally announced near the end of the previous spring semester (our target date is April 30th). The most recent list of NJIT’s selected models.

Students purchase their computer of choice online or by phone directly from the vendor. Stu

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dents can customize their PC during the purchase process.

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10. What kind of support does NJIT provide for computers purchased through the NJIT vendor partnership?

The Technology Support Center (TSC) provides both hardware and software support for models purchased through NJIT’s chosen vendor. Certified technicians can diagnose and repair original hardware and NJIT-licensed software issues to the extent permitted by each license for these computers at no additional cost to the student so long as the warranty is current and active.

  • For hardware issues, our relationship with our vendor allows us to order and install warranty replacement parts directly from the manufacturer.
    By default, this does not include accidentally damaged parts, but you have the option to add theis coverage at the time of purchase.
  • For software issues, our technicians will provide assistance for problems encountered during installation of NJIT-licensed software to the extent permitted by each license. Students are ultimately responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their own computer.

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11. Can I use a portable device anywhere on the NJIT campus with network connectivity?

NJIT provides wireless internet access across most of the campus using a mix of 802.11n, 802.11g, and some 802.11b as well as wired access in various locations.

Students in the residence halls have their own 100 Mbps Ethernet connection. This connection provides access to all campus services as well as to the internet and is intended for schoolwork use. Wireless coverage in the residence halls is very limited due to the cinder block construction materials required for resident safety which hinder reliable wireless signal.

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12: Can I connect to the NJIT network from my home or residence hall room?

YES! Students who live off-campus are encouraged to subscribe to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) through a cable modem, FiOS, or DSL broadband high-speed connection. Use of a broadband ISP along with NJIT’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides high-speed access to most of the campus-based proprietary information services. You can access NJIT network services just as if you were on campus in the library, a computer lab, or residence hall room.

Students in the residence halls have their own 100 Mbps Ethernet connection. This connection provides access to all campus services as well as to the internet and is intended for schoolwork use. Wireless coverage in the residence halls is very limited due to the cinder block construction materials required for resident safety which hinder reliable wireless signal.

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13: I am a transfer student entering NJIT this semester. Will I need a computer and am I eligible to receive the software package?

YES! Transfer students are subject to the computer requirement in place for the class level into which they enter. For transfer students enrolled in programs other than those offered by the College of Architecture and Design, we recommend the computer requirement be met with one of the mobile computers offered through our vendor partnership.

All NJIT students - including transfers - are eligible for the NJIT software bundle at no charge.

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14: Will NJIT provide software for my major program?

NJIT provides a software bundle consisting of the most popular core Microsoft products, software development tools, mathematical programming, virus protection, computer-aided design, and other tools. All students will receive instructions on downloading software during Miniversity, the NJIT’s freshman orientation program held during the summer.

Some courses or academic programs may have additional specialized software requirements students must license individually.

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15: Can I add my personal computer purchase cost to my NJIT bill?

Because the cost of a computer is an educational expense, it can be included in the calculation for financial aid eligibility. Your computer purchase transaction is between you and the vendor however; your computer purchase cannot be added to your NJIT bill. Many computer vendors, including Dell, offer payment plans which provide the opportunity to pay over time.

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Last Updated: August 22, 2017