Laptop Program

CIT Laptop Program

Laptop Requirement

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:

  • iPads
  • Android Tablets
  • Chromebooks


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.

Apple Products

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 ( or it can be purchased at the campus bookstore at a discounted price.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is a laptop required?

  • A laptop allows them to stay connected with their personal and business activities regardless of their location. Being able to work in a course is important for success in the CIT program and a laptop permits students that connection 24/7.

2. What if I can not afford a laptop?

3. What are the benefits of the laptop program?

  • Students can access the same technology as their instructors, allowing them to actively participate in course material and activities.
  • Support is available through UITS and the Living Lab.
  • Mobile computing is available virtually everywhere. Students can participate in academic, administrative, or personal activities.

4. What are the costs involved?

  • Students can expect to pay anywhere from $ 600 and up for a qualified laptop.

5. Are loaner systems available if my laptop is under repair?

  • Loaner laptops are currently not offered; however open labs are available, if needed, for completing assignments.

6. How do I choose the laptop that is right for me?

  • There are all kinds of laptops to choose from, but the size, weight, and portability are all things to be considered.

7. What if I already own a laptop?

  • If it meets the minimum requirements you can use it.

8. How can I get service or technical support?

  • For service, check with your manufacturer.
  • For support, UITS, and the Living Lab are all available to help troubleshoot any problems.