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 i5 minimum, Intel i7 quad core 2.5 GHz processor (or faster) recommended Intel i5 minimum, Intel i7 quad core 2.5 GHz processor (or faster) recommended
Display  15" Full-HD recommended 15" Retina recommended
RAM 8 GB minimum (16 recommended) 8 GB minimum (16 recommended)
Disk Storage: 500 GB minimum (SSD recommended) 500 GB minimum (SSD recommended)
Video Card AMD or Nvidia graphics (Required) AMD or Nvidia graphics (Required)
OS: Windows 10 - professional MacOS 10.12 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 UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Scholarships & Financial Aid
17 Canfield Administration Building
Lincoln, NE 68588-0411
(800) 742-8800 ext. 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