Starting in the fall of 2012, all students in the Computer and Information Technology Program are required to have a qualified laptop. This provision is mandatory for all CIT students, and other students taking 200, 300 or 400-level CIT races.
"Laptop" is defined as "any computer that can install applications without being tied to a specific hardware vendor."
The following products ARE acceptable:
- Macintosh and PC computers
- Microsoft Surface products (with a full version of Windows, not a -N version that is tied to the Windows Store)
The following products ARE NOT acceptable:
- Android Tablets
Virtualization is taking over modern computing and offers a simple way to a single piece of hardware. When choosing a laptop, you will need to support virtualization. See Laptop Requirements for Minimum Specifications.
If you are considering an Apple laptop you should know that it is not compatible with the OS X operating system. However, there are ways to run Windows software on an Apple platform. The first method is to use Apple's built-in program, Boot Camp, to run Windows. The other option is to use either VMWare Fusion or Parallels, two software applications, that allow both Windows and OS X to run simultaneously. Regardless of which application you choose, a copy of Windows must also be purchased separately. Windows is available on IUWARE (iuware.iu.edu) or it can be purchased at the campus bookstore at a discounted price.