Is there a standard computer configuration that is recommended for students?

We do not have standard recommendations for computers for students. No academic program at Bates College requires students to have a computer, or to have a specific operating system. A lot depends on usage and preference.

For a minimum of specifications, we would recommend a computer with at least 8 GB RAM. Many computer manufacturers offer very good deals to students during the summer. Make sure you look around their websites to find those deals.

Most of our students do bring a portable computer, and these can range from a Chromebook to a Windows computer to a MacBook.

We do provide computer labs that are available to students if there is specific software a class requires you to use.



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