Laptop Recommendations for Tarleton Students

Mobility continues to change the way students and educators operate. This list should help you choose a device to power your academic journey at Tarleton State University. These computers balance performance, cost and expected life; any would prove a worthy assistant throughout a four-year degree plan.


*Program areas within the meta-major that have higher computer technology standards than the rest of the programs in the meta-major.

*Agriculture – Wildlife, Sustainability,
and Ecosystem Sciences
HighHighPC Preferred
Behavioral SciencesStandardHighEither
*Business – Computer Information SystemsStandardHighPC Preferred
Engineering, Computer Science,
Engineering Technology and Construction.
PlatinumPlatinumPC Preferred
Fine ArtsStandardHighEither
*Fine Arts – Digital MediaHighPlatinumEither
Health Sciences & Human ServicesStandardHighEither
*Health Sciences & Human Services – NursingHighHighEither
Human Communication & DesignStandardHighEither
Kinesiology / Human PerformanceStandardHighEither
Military & Civil ServiceStandardHighEither
*Science & Math – GeosciencesStandardHighPC Preferred
Social SciencesStandardHighEither
Social Sciences – Geography and GISHighPlatinumEither
Laptop Specifications
ProcessorIntel i5Intel i7Intel Xeon or i9M2
Minimum Ram8 GB16 GB16 GB8 GB
Preferred Ram16 GB32 GB32 GB16 GB
HD Capacity500 GB1 TB1 TB500 GB+
Minimum HD7200 RPMSSD (sata or nvme)SSD (sata or nvme)SSD
Preferred HDSSD (sata or nvme)SSD (sata or nvme)SSD (sata or nvme)SSD
VideoAnyNvidia or AMDNvidia Quadro
or AMD Fire
Web Camera and

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the potential advantages of having your own laptop?

  • Laptops initiate new ways of learning: Mobility and connectivity are creating new kinds of learners who are more self-directed in their acquisition and sharing of knowledge, more inclined to collaborate and more reliant on feedback.
  • Laptops are used to enrich learning experiences in and outside of the classroom, improve communication with your instructors and classmates and offer direct access to educational resources. As you use your laptop, you will build vital skills needed in today’s job market.

How can I be considered for financial aid to purchase a computer?

Purchasing Information:

Degree Programs in Meta-Major

Degree Programs in Meta-Major

Frequently Asked Questions

Agriculture Meta-Major
  • Agribusiness (BS)
  • Agricultural Services and Development (BS)
  • Agricultural Communications (BS)
  • Animal Science (BS)
  • Environmental Science (BS)
  • Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences (BS)
Behavioral Sciences Meta-Major
  • Psychology (BS)
Business Meta-Major
  • Accounting (BBA)
  • Economics (BS)
  • Finance (BBA)
  • Business (BAAS)
  • General Business (BBA)
  • Human Resources Management (BBA)
  • International Business (BBA)
  • Management (BBA)
  • Marketing (BBA)
  • Computer Information Systems (BBA)
  • Computer Information Systems (BS)
Education Meta-Major
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
  • Child Development and Family Studies (BAAS)
  • Child Development and Family Studies (BS)
Engineering, Industry, Manufacturing & Construction Meta-Major
  • Civil Engineering (BS)
  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Electrical Engineering (BS)
  • Environmental Engineering (BS)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BS)
  • Construction Science and Management (BS)
  • Construction Science and Management (BAS)
  • Industrial Technology (BS)
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology (BS)
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology (BAS)
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Management (BAAS)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (BAS)
Fine Arts Meta-Major
  • Art (BFA)
  • Digital Media Studies (BS)
  • Fashion Studies (BS)
  • Music (BA)
  • Music (BM)
  • Performance (BM)
  • Theatre (BFA)
Health Sciences & Human Services Meta-Major
  • Histotechnology (AAS)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (BS)
  • Public Health (BS)
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • Social Work (BSW)
Human Communication & Design Meta-Major
  • Communication Studies (BA)
  • Communication Studies (BS)
  • English (BA)
  • Spanish (BA)
Kinesiology/Human Performance Meta-Major
  • Kinesiology (BS)
Military & Civil Service Meta-Major
  • Public Administration (BS)
  • Criminal Justice (BS)
  • Criminal Justice Administration (BAAS)
Science & Math Meta-Major
  • Biology (BS)
  • Biomedical Sciences (BS)
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Geoscience (BS)
  • Physics (BS)
  • Mathematics (BS)
Social Sciences Meta-Major
  • International Studies (BA)
  • Legal Studies (BA)
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Political Science (BS)
  • Geography and Geographic Information Systems (BS)
  • History (BA)
  • Sociology (BS)