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Computer Recommendations

Computer RecommendationsComputers are an essential part of engineering and Auburn's computer network is one of the finest in the nation, including wireless access in many areas of campus.

Although students are not required to have a personal computer, it is strongly recommended. The dominant systems in the College of Engineering are IBM-compatible PCs. Students who wish to purchase a computer are encouraged to purchase IBM-compatible PCs. Students who do not own personal computers can utilize our 24-hour student computer labs.

Computer Recommendation Information

USB Pen Drive:
  32 GB USB Pen Drive

B&W - Recommend laser printer for black & white printer. HP LaserJet or Brother - Approx $120-250
Color - HP DeskJet, Canon BubbleJet, Epson Stylus; Approx $75-200

Most Windows PCs will come with Windows 10.  All Versions of Windows 7 are supported, as well.

Microsoft Office is used in most curricula and is in all Engineering computer labs. LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice is available for download online from LibreOffice supports all Microsoft Office documents formats. Students, Faculty, and Staff have access to Microsoft Office 365.  You may download that from OIT,

Microsoft Imagine Premium allows engineering students and faculty to download Microsoft software through an agreement between Auburn University's College of Engineering and Microsoft. Microsoft Imagine Premium puts professional developer tools and software in the hands of faculty and students. It allows faculty to challenge and excite their students by teaching with the latest technologies.

Virus Protection: AU provides Sophos Anti-Virus software for all students free of charge. Sophos is not recommended for personal computers.  One of the free virus scans work better as stand alone scanners (ie. Avast! Free, Free AVG or Avira Antivirus)

Other software may be purchased as needed for coursework. It is recommended that you not purchase this software in advance due to version and requirements change