Chatham University

Graduate Laptop Requirement

Beginning in the fall of 2010, all Chatham University Health Sciences, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Architecture part-time and full-time graduate students will be required to provide their own laptop or mobile workstation computer. Each program will have a hardware minimum required spec that will need to be met.

Students will be able to purchase their program’s suggested models through Chatham University’s purchase agreements with Apple Computer, Hewlett–Packard, and Dell. Financial aid options will be available for assistance in purchasing the laptop or mobile workstation. If a student plans to use existing equipment, they must make sure that the computer meets the minimum specs set by their graduate program and be able to run any software required by that program.

For more information please take a look at the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Does my program require a laptop?
  2. What type of laptop should I bring?
  3. Where can I purchase my laptop?
  4. Do I have to purchase my laptop through Chatham?
  5. Can I purchase a model other than the ones listed?
  6. Where can I purchase the required software?
  7. Can I use my existing laptop?
  8. Does Chatham offer any financial assistance for purchasing the laptop?
  9. What kind of technical support does Chatham offer?
  1. Does my program require a laptop?

    All full-time and part-time graduate students entering one of the following programs: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture, or Master of Physician Assistant Studies, are required to provide a laptop or mobile workstation computer and software that meets their program’s requirements.

  2. What type of laptop should I bring?

    Each program has its own set of hardware and software requirements. To see the exact laptop or mobile workstation requirement for your program visit the Laptop Requirement by Program page.

  3. Where can I purchase my laptop?

    Chatham University has entered into purchasing agreements with Apple, HP, and Dell to customize systems for our students. The customization includes specific hardware and support services provided by Chatham’s Information Technology Services Helpdesk. Students can also purchase through outside vendors as long as the equipment meets their program’s hardware and software requirements. Any equipment purchased outside of the Chatham listed bundles will be supported but may not fall under our repair agreement with the vendors; hence, preventing the Helpdesk from authorized repair of a student’s laptop.

    To purchase one of the recommended models please visit the vendor stores at these links:

  4. Do I have to purchase my laptop through Chatham?

    Chatham is offering the hardware special pricing as a service to our students. However, students are not required to purchase their laptop through Chatham as long as the equipment and software the student brings meets or exceeds their respective program’s requirements. Any equipment purchased outside of the Chatham listed bundles will be supported but may not fall under our repair agreement with the vendors; hence, preventing the Helpdesk from authorized repair of a student’s laptop.

  5. Can I purchase a model other than the ones listed?

    Students can purchase any laptop as long as it offers hardware and software that meets or exceeds the models listed. Any equipment purchased outside of the Chatham listed bundles will be supported but may not fall under our repair agreement with the vendors; hence, preventing the Helpdesk from authorized repair of a student’s laptop.

  6. Where can I purchase the required software?

    Each year Chatham enters into a campus agreement with Microsoft. This agreement gives students and faculty the ability to purchase Microsoft Office 2013 Professional media for $20.00. Microsoft operating system upgrade media are also available for $20.00.

  7. Can I use my existing laptop?

    Students can use their existing laptop or mobile workstation as long as it meets the minimum specifications set by their program and is able to run any software required by the program. The added benefit of purchasing a recommended model is support. Helpdesk staff are certifieded to repair the Apple, Dell, and HP models and will be able to do so onsite. This will eliminate the need for you to go off campus to a repair center or send your hardware back to the manufacturer for repair which can sometimes take weeks. Helpdesk strives to repair and return hardware within 48 hours.

  8. Does Chatham offer any financial assistance for purchasing the laptop?

    Financial aid options will be available for purchasing the laptop or mobile workstation. For more information please contact the Financial Aid office at 412-365-2781.

  9. What kind of technical support does Chatham offer?

    Laptops that are listed in the packages offered by Chatham are fully supported and can be repaired onsite by Chatham’s Helpdesk. Any laptop or workstation model not listed will be supported but may not fall under Chatham’s repair agreement with the vendors which prevents Helpdesk from making an authorized repair of a student›s hardware.