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MS IDGH Student Laptop Requirements

All incoming MS IDGH students at Cummings School are required to have a laptop computer.  It is required that you have a PC and not a MAC because of compatibility issues with much of the software we use in this program. If you are purchasing the PC, we also recommend purchasing an extended warranty from the manufacturer to cover the cost of hardware repairs which may occur.

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
Network Card 100Mbps or higher
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 and Tablet 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:
Please click on the “Services” tab along the top and click on “Computers and Mobile” which is at the top of the middle column

Financial Aid
Students who will be seeking financial aid should be aware that the cost of a laptop computer, 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.