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MCM Student Laptop Requirements

All incoming students at Cummings School are required to have a laptop computer or tablet.  You may purchase either a PC or a MAC; however, if you are considering a new purchase and have experience with PCs we highly recommend them in place of MACs because of compatibility with a variety of software we use in this program. We also recommend purchasing an extended warranty from the manufacturer to cover the cost of hardware repairs that may be needed.

Hardware Recommended
Hard Drive 256 Gb Solid State Drive
Optical Drive CD/DVD Burner (Optional)
Memory 8GB Ram
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-5300U
Video Card
Intel HD Graphics 5500
Wireless Network Card 802.11n
Software Recommended
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 64 Bit (Creators update for Win 10 not supported),
Mac OSX v.10.11
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2016/Office 365 (Available for students to download)
Anti-Virus Protection TrendMicro AntiVirus

Special Laptop Pricing
Tufts University has negotiated discounted prices with several vendors. Please view the recommended hardware and software list before you make your purchase. Information on student discounts can be found on the university’s IT website here.

Laptop and Computer Services through Tufts
Tufts University offers services to graduate students on the Grafton campus such as Computer Purchase Consultations, Data Recovery, Travel Laptop Loaner Program, and Computer Donation and Recycling. Information can be found on the university’s IT services website here.

Special Software PricingTufts University has negotiated discounted prices with several vendors. Information on student discounts can be found on the university’s IT software website here

Financial Aid
Students who will be seeking financial aid should be aware that the cost of a laptop computer or tablet, up to certain limits, can be added to the student's budget for purposes of computing financial aid under the guidelines of the U.S. Office of Education. If you have questions about the financial aid application process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 508-839-8733 for detailed information, before purchasing your laptop.