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Laptop Recommendations

SNU Laptops for Students

Why is having a laptop important for academic success?
In order for undergraduate students at Southern Nazarene University to succeed academically, it is critical that they have ongoing access to a laptop computer. For the majority of classes, professors will ask students to use their computers during class on a daily basis. Additionally, students will be assigned homework, projects, or papers which require the use of a computer.

Laptop Options
SNU currently offers two options for purchasing a laptop:

1) Purchase a laptop through our pre-negotiated discount program with Dell. To view their pricing and select a computer visit Dell's SNU webpage.
2) Purchase a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see below) and bring your own device.

Computer Hardware Specifications 
Before purchasing a laptop, be sure the system meets these specifications:

Minimum Specifications:
Processor: Intel Core i5 Dual Core, or similar AMD
Memory: 8 GB
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or MacOS Mojave
Hard Drive: 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Network: Dual-Band Wireless
Warranty: 1 Year

Recommended Specifications:
Processor: Intel Core i5, Quad Core or similar AMD
Memory: 16 GB
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or MacOS Mojave
Hard Drive: M.2 256 GB NVMe Solid State Drive (SSD)
Network: Ethernet and Dual-Band wireless
Warranty: 3 years
Other: Built-in webcam

Major-Specific Computer Specifications

  • Graphic Design & Mass Communication students must have a Mac with capacity to run Adobe Creative Suite software (latest version which updates regularly.) If you are looking at buying a new mac, visit Apple's educational website and save some money:
  • The School of Education strongly recommends, but does not require, a Mac computer.
  • Biology and Chemistry strongly recommends all students have a laptop with a standard usb drive, the ability to run Microsoft Excel, and the ability to use Webprint.
  • Math and math education majors strongly recommends all students to have a laptop (Chromebooks and iPads cannot run the software currently being used in Calculus I).

Additional Notes:
1) If you select any of the default laptops through Dell's website (and do not customize them) they will automatically meet the minimum hardware specifications (as outlined above). Graphic Design & Mass Communication majors will need to purchase from an outside provider as the Dell website does not currently sell Mac computers.

2) Every SNU student will receive a license to install Microsoft Office on their personal computer (at no additional cost). Because of this, when obtaining a laptop, it is important to know that you will not need to purchase a licensed copy of Microsoft Office. More details will be e-mailed to the student after they are enrolled.

 "Knowing that every student has a laptop has created opportunities to redesign what can happen in class. Using the cloud of laptops in the room, my students and I have the flexibility to quickly gather information to address questions that emerge in the middle of class. Collaboratively, we can simultaneously gather information, analyze it and organize it into a quick report. The classroom can be a more robust, information-rich learning environment than ones in which a professor and a textbook are the only available sources of information."

- Dr. Dennis Williams
Dean of Teaching & Learning, Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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