Computer System Requirements
The College of Liberal Arts does not have a college-specific requirement for computer hardware, but it is recommended that a student has a computer with at least the minimum specifications listed below. If you are majoring in either Graphic Communication, Journalism or Art & Design, please see their additional recommendations, also linked below.
Cal Poly has a limited number of machines available for checkout/rental. For more information on what is available and other options for support, please check the Cal Poly Tech Rentals website.
Minimum Computer Requirements
These are the minimum recommended requirements for successful computing in the CLA.
Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) or AMD equivalent
512GB SSD storage
Web Camera (built in or external)
Microsoft Windows 10 or Apple macOS 11
Additional Department Computer Requirements
For additional, department-level computer specifications, please click the link on the appropriate department name.
Additional Department Equipment Requirements
Some CLA departments require students, especially those in the major, to have access to other types of equipment to be successful in their program. Those departments are listed below. Please click the the department name to link to information on additional equipment needs beyond the computer equipment described above.