Facilities & Technology

Student Computer Information

Students at work on their laptopsStudents 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.

Recommended Specifications

  • 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)

Frequently Asked Questions


Laptops must be equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office. Both are FREE to Penn State students.

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


                  Adobe Creative Cloud

          Optional (Free):

                  DaVinci Resolve

 Optional (For a fee):

        Final Draft
        Avid Media Composer

  • Journalism
    Weebly (free)
    WordPress (free)
  • Telecommunications

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