Facilities & Technology

Student Computer Information

Students at work on their laptopsBeginning in Fall 2017, students majoring in Advertising, Public Relations, Film-Video, Journalism and Telecommunications will be required to have a laptop when they officially enter their major. For most students, this is the spring semester of their sophomore year or fall semester of their junior year.

Because of their flexibility, we recommend that students purchase an Apple Macbook. Laptops that run Windows software are acceptable. However, iPads, netbooks, iOS or Android devices are not. The laptop needs to have 8GB of RAM or more.

Frequently Asked Questions


Laptops must be equipped with Microsoft Office (free to Penn State students, details) and Adobe Creative Suite (available for a monthly fee).

Other software requirements vary by major, and some software can be downloaded for free. Visit software.psu.edu and downloads.its.psu.edu for more information.

Additional Software Requirements by Major

  • Advertising/Public Relations
    iMovie (or equivalent)
  • Film-Video
    Avid Media Composer
    Movie Magic Scheduling
    DaVinci Resolve (free)
    Final Draft 9 (free)
    Celtx (free)
  • Journalism
    Weebly (free)
    WordPress (free)
  • Telecommunications

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