Student Computer Information
Students majoring in Advertising, Public Relations, Film-Video, Journalism and Telecommunications are 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 a current generation of the Apple Macbook Pro. Laptops that run Windows operating system are acceptable. However, iPads, netwbooks, iOS or Android devices are not.
- Intel Core i5 8th Gen
- 8 GB of RAM
- 250 GB hard drive (SSD hard drive preferred)
- Wireless ethernet (at least 802.11 g/n)
- Three-year warranty (recommended)
- Theft and damage insurance (recommended)
Laptops must be equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office. Both are FREE to Penn State students.
Additional Software Requirements by Major
iMovie (or equivalent)
Adobe Creative Cloud
Optional (For a fee):
Avid Media Composer