Student Computer Information
Beginning in Fall 2017, students majoring in Advertising, Public Relations, Film-Video, Journalism and Telecommunications will be required to have a laptop when they officially enter their major. For most students, this is the spring semester of their sophomore year or fall semester of their junior year.
Because of their flexibility, we recommend that students purchase an Apple Macbook. Laptops that run Windows software are acceptable. However, iPads, netbooks, iOS or Android devices are not. The laptop needs to have 8GB of RAM or more.
Laptops must be equipped with Microsoft Office (free to Penn State students, details) and Adobe Creative Suite (available for a monthly fee).
Additional Software Requirements by Major
iMovie (or equivalent)
Avid Media Composer
Movie Magic Scheduling
DaVinci Resolve (free)
Final Draft 9 (free)
- Internet Access Guide
- Penn State Information Technology Services
- Penn State Wireless
- Student Computing Initiative
- Residential Computing (ResCom), an organization that has information about computing in residence halls.
Page last updated: February 2, 2017