ALL INCOMING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS* must enter the School of Art+Design with a functional laptop (two years old or newer) with the newest version of the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection installed and ready to open. There will be an expectation that the students will maintain this machine through their 4 years in the program.
As this, along with the entire cost of college, is a major investment, 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 Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, they can purchase only the software (if they don’t already have it), delaying the need to purchase a laptop until a later date.
Recommended Specifications — Fall 2013 entry
While Windows or other operating systems may be used, a student’s optimal learning experience will be with the MacOS because of its integration with the Art+Design computer labs and faculty MacOS laptops.
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 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and 4GB RAM (current base 15 inch model), AND APPLECARE EQUIPMENT PROTECTION. In addition, the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master collection should be installed and ready to use on the machine.
Educational Prices and Links to websites for purchase
Apple® MacBook Pro® 15-inch 2.3GHz Quad i7 with AppleCare® Protection retail $2148.00, student price $1938.00 available through Apple directly: http://store.apple.com/us-hed
Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Master Collection retail $2600,
SUNY student price $569.85. Special SUNY Pricing is available:
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 very close to campus 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.
*students enrolled before Fall 2012 are not required, but are welcome to take advantage of the above discounts.