All incoming students must enter the School of Art+Design with a functional laptop (Mac or PC, two years old or newer) with the most up-to-date version of the software in the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, After Effects CC, Premiere Pro CC, InDesign CC) installed and ready to open. There will be an expectation that the students will maintain this machine through their 4 years in the program.

This is a major investment, and we are cognizant that our students may not possess the cash flow to purchase these items new at this time. If students already own a laptop that will support the newest version of the the software in Adobe Creative Cloud, they only need to enroll in the software program (if they don’t already have it), delaying the need to purchase a laptop until a later date.

If students would like to purchase a new machine, it is strongly recommended that it be an Apple MacBook Pro® laptop with at least a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB 1600MHz memory, and 256GB PCle-based flash storage, as well as AppleCare® equipment protection. Students also need to enroll in the Adobe Creative Cloud and install it on your machine. 


While Windows or other operating systems may be used, a student’s optimal learning experience will be with the Mac OS because of its integration with the Art+Design computer labs and faculty Mac OS laptops.

If you determine that you need to buy a new laptop and/or software, use this information to guide you.


Apple® MacBook Pro®
13-inch 2.4GHz dual i5, 8GB 1600MHz memory, 256GB PCle-based flash storage with AppleCare® Protection
student price: $1582
retail: $1748
available through Apple directly:


Adobe® Creative Cloud
Available through Adobe directly:


It is important to note that laptops and software are the property of the student, and Purchase College will not maintain, repair, support, or replace these items, thus AppleCare® warranty protection is recommended. There is an Apple Store close to campus (at the Westchester Mall in White Plains, accessible via the Purchase shuttle bus) that will provide service for machines under warranty. 

In addition, it is recommended that students extend homeowners insurance to cover the laptop and other valuables while at College, or to purchase a separate policy for these items. The Purchase College Association ( can assist students with separate insurance plans for these items at a very nominal rate – this type of insurance can cover theft and other unforeseen circumstances.


For any additional questions about the laptop
policy, contact Casey Hooper, the Foundation Program Coordinator at: