Undergraduate Computer Requirement for Students

NJIT is a computing intensive university. Computers are an integral part of campus life. Whether enrolled in freshman level classes in engineering or architecture design, working with faculty on cutting-edge research, collaborating with classmates on group projects, or simply registering for classes, students need access to computers for virtually every task performed while attending NJIT.

Since access to a personal computer is essential for successful completion of an NJIT degree program, the university requires all incoming undergraduates to have access to a computer in their places of residence. Freshmen and transfers entering the College of Architecture and Design*, and freshmen entering a program in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering** have more specific requirements footnoted below. Although NJIT provides a large number of public computing facilities on campus, students without access at their places of residence may not have sufficient time to complete class assignments or take advantage of the many technology resources available to members of the NJIT community.

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.

Students who elect to fulfill the computer requirement through our vendor partnership are afforded many advantages, one of which is the robust hardware and software support provided through the Office of Digital Learning and Technology Support. 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.

Another advantage is that NJIT is able to negotiate very favorable software licensing for all NJIT students. Every NJIT student is provided access to a software bundle free of charge, which includes the most frequently-used Microsoft products, virus protection, programming, design, and other tools. The retail value of this bundle alone is in excess of $2,000, but is provided at no additional cost to all NJIT students.

Complete information on the NJIT computer requirement will be posted on the web for all students who accept an offer of admission. Please note that since the cost of a computer is an educational expense, it can be included in your calculation for financial aid eligibility.

Questions about the computer requirement for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semesters can be e-mailed to compreq@njit.edu. You may also contact the IST Service Desk (servicedesk.njit.edu).

* Freshmen and transfer students entering the College of Architecture and Design are required to purchase a specific desktop model and keep it in the Design Studio (Students are assigned a personal desk with lockable storage space. Studio access is available 24 hours per day).

** The Otto H. York Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering requires incoming first-year students to purchase a Lenovo ThinkPad P52s for use in and outside of the classroom. This laptop requirement allows your instructors to apply state-of-the-art software throughout the course of your studies at NJIT. Students will use their laptop to solve problems through programming, discuss applications of engineering, and work on engineering projects. 

Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 Recommended Computer Specifications

Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 Recommended Computer Models

Last Updated: April 11, 2019