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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Computer Policy: The technology you must have

The journalism and strategic communication industry is on the leading edge of today’s technology. You will often be required to bring a laptop to class, especially in JMC writing and lab courses. To help ensure you are prepared for class and for the professional world, we require our students to own their own laptops and maintain specific professional software. You can use your financial aid for school-related technology purchases. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

JMC Computer Policy

System and Software Requirements

You may choose either a PC or Mac laptop, but the computer you buy must meet the minimimum requirements. Chromebooks do not meet the minimum requirements for our program.

Recommended Laptops

Budget  /  Dell 15.6” Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Notebook

Mid Range  /  Apple 13.3” MacBook Pro (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

Mid High Range  /  Microsoft 13.5” Surface Book 2 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook (Not supported by KSU IT)

High Range  /  Apple 15.4” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)


Minimum Specifications for the laptops

• Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
• Intel®Core i7
• Microsoft® Windows 7
• 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
• 14.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation
• 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM

Mac OS
• Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
• Intel® Core i7
• Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
• 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
• 15.5GB of available harddisk space for installation
• 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM

The Software you must have:

Adobe Creative Cloud - Treat Adobe like a textbook because it is either recommended or required for your JMC classes. Check with your professor to see if Adobe is required for your class. NOTE: K-State students can get a discounted rate.

Java Runtime Environment - A free download is available.

HDMI Port for PCs or HDMI dongle for Macs

Microsoft Office Suite - K-State students can download for free.

QuickTime Player - Free download for Mac available. All current Windows web browsers support video without the need for browser plug-ins.



JMC’s printing station is in the Kedzie Library. All K-State students receive $10 a semester for printing. You can check your balance and add money by visiting: https://connect.k-state.edu/.
Students who are currently enrolled in a photography or design class may access the high-quality photo printer in Kedzie. You are responsible for providing your own paper. Access is obtained through instructor permission.

Computer Repairs and Support

Warranty repairs and authorized service on Dell and Apple computers are provided through the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) in Hale Library 214.