Computers and Technology for Incoming Students
Will I need a computer?
- i5 Processor or better
- 256GB hard drive or better (512gb recommended)
- 8GB of RAM or better
IT Orientation is done electronically via email containing links to self-install applications and instructional videos. Should you have any issues with these installs, optional IT workshops will be scheduled on school orientation days in August to assist you. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside Burke Auditorium.
I don't have a Notebook computer. What kind should I buy?
The majority of student laptops at YSE are Apple Macbook Pro, Dell or Lenovo. We also support Virtual Machine installations of Windows on Macs so you don't have to leave the world of Windows behind. Yale has negotiated a very favorable discount program for student computer purchases; see the Yale ePortal site, (be sure to use your Yale email address when setting up your account). If purchasing a Lenovo T, W, or X series machine, please purchase one of the Yale approved configurations from GovConnection through the Yale ePortal site. You receive the same price that Yale receives on these approved configurations and the Yale configurations come with a 4 year on-site next business day warranty with Accidental Damage Protection.
For security we recommend that you purchase the following items with your laptop, in addition to personal property insurance (note that bundles may include some of these items):
- On-site warranty support
- CompuTrace LoJack (Anti-theft software, PC only)
- Find My Mac (Mac Only)
- Antivirus software
- Laptop lock
You may contact us at email@example.com for assistance if you have questions.
I already have a laptop computer. Can I bring it?
What software will I need?
Will I need a printer?
This is personal preference. While it is convenient to be able to print in your residence, there are pubic printers in the student computer cluster in Sage Hall and in the Ordway Learning Center in Kroon Hall as well in every YSE building available for student use. Black & white printing currently costs 10 cents per page with the duplex side charged at 2 cents. Full color printing is charged at 25 cents per page. Students are responsible for all printing charges and this is managed via Yale’s BluePrint (PaperCut) program. Charges can be paid for by check, credit card, or student account charge. All student printers are capable of double-sided printing to conserve paper.
Student Computing Facilities and Support at YSE
Loaned Equipment Program
The School has iPads, GPS units, digital cameras, USB headsets, LCD projectors and various other items are also available for check-out at no cost to students for class- and research-related projects. All items for checkout can be viewed and reserved at the School’s IT Loan Program catalog. The terms of service of the loan program can be viewed here.