College of Journalism & Mass Communications Laptop Policy

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All students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications are required to lease, purchase, or have ready access to a laptop computer that meets or exceeds the specifications listed below. Students can choose between the Windows or Mac platform.

Windows Mac
CPU: Intel 11th generation i5 minimum, i7 Recommended. Quad Core + Required M1 Apple silicon minimum, M2 Preferred
Display  13" Full-HD minimum, 14"-15" Preferred  13" minimum, 14"-15" Preferred
RAM 16 GB minimum  8 GB minimum, 16 GB Preferred
Disk Storage: 500 GB minimum SSD recommended 500 GB minimum SSD 
Video Card AMD or Nvidia graphics card Required Not Applicable
OS: Windows 10 (64-bit) version 22H2 or higher MacOS 12 or higher

Software students must install:

    • Adobe Creative Cloud -- available free to UNL students. 

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Recommended additions:
  • A 3-year extended warranty
  • External drive (1TB or larger) for backups.
  • Microsoft Office -- available at a steep discount at HuskerTech, the UNL computer store.

You may be able to finance your computer or software purchase through financial aid. To determine your eligibility please contact the Husker Hub:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Husker Hub
102 Canfield
Lincoln, NE 68588-0411
(402) 472-2030 

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If you cannot afford to purchase a laptop computer, please contact your CoJMC advisor to discuss alternative options.

Download a pdf of the policy