Minimum Computer Configurations

Northern Kentucky University recommends the following minimum configurations for students, faculty or staff who are purchasing or bringing computers to campus.

A student's program requirements, budget, and preference should be the primary factors in choosing a computing device.  A student should also consider the major he or she will be pursuing, as some areas of study may have more stringent requirements than the recommendations listed below.

Chromebooks are not recommended; they will not work with many software products required for classes and exams.

Operating Systems



NKU has partnered with Dell to provide recommended computer options for our students.  There are options for:

  •     General Students
  •     College of Informatics
  •     School of the Arts
  •     Engineering Technology
  •     Faculty and Staff

Dell Configurations for NKU


This is the recommended minimum configuration for most general studies courses.  However, check with your college for major-specific requirements.

NKU IT requires that AppleCare+ be purchased with every new Apple Computer.

Every Mac comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary technical support. AppleCare+ for Mac extends your coverage from your AppleCare+ purchase date and includes unlimited incidents of accidental damage protection, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other accidental damage, plus applicable tax. In addition, you’ll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone.

MacBook Air / MacBook Pro

  •     M1 or M2 processor
  •     16 GB memory

Apple Discount

Apple education pricing is a great way for college students and faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Newly accepted students are also eligible, as are parents purchasing on behalf of their student. By purchasing through the following website you are supporting Northern Kentucky University. You are able to have your order shipped directly to you, or choose to pick it up at your local Apple Retail Store.  Shop now.

External Storage

Western Digital offers a 20% discount on purchases from students, faculty and staff of external storage devices. Free standard shipping is included on all orders. Visit the WD Education Store online.


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