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Computer and Technology Information

Mastering digital skills requires a personal digital tool system. We strongly encourage our students to come into the program with a laptop, external storage, backup software, and AppleCare protection plan (or alternative warranty plan, such as Safeware) which meet the specifications listed below.

These two options represent n acceptable minimum system (13″, but with high processor speeds) and a maximum (15″ with highest processor speeds); when possible, we recommend that additional RAM, storage, and processing speeds be selected to provide the most robust and longest-lasting system available within your budget.  Features can be added on any model you choose up to a certain point.  UConn’s new Barnes & Noble bookstore, or the nearest Apple Store, can assist you with system options and purchasing:

MINIMUM SETUP:

  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 3.1GHz Processor
  • 256GB Storage
  • 3.1GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
  • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 256GB SSD storage1
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • $1,799.00
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro, or alternative warranty plan, such as Safeware (protection or warranty plan will be an extra cost)

OPTIMAL SETUP:

  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 2.9GHz Processor
  • 512GB Storage
  • 2.9GHz quad-core 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage1
  • Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • $2,799.00
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro, or alternative warranty plan, such as Safeware (protection or warranty plan will be an extra cost)

If the purchase of a laptop computer represents a financial challenge, Financial Services can provide loan assistance. You can file an “Appeal for Increased Cost of Attendance” with the Office of Student Financial Aid Services. The Office can then increase your loan eligibility for up to $2,000 to help with the cost of the computer. Please keep in mind that receipts for the purchase will have to be provided.