Accepted Students

Computing Standards for Incoming Students

Computing standards for the five schools at SMU offering undergraduate degree majors are summarized below.

Cox School of Business

Cox requires laptops for business undergraduate students. Both Windows and Macintosh computers are supported. In addition, Macintosh laptops should include the Microsoft Windows operating system (using such programs as Bootcamp, Parallels or VMware) and Microsoft Office for Windows 2007/2010. All laptops should support 802.11a/g/n networks.

Dedman College

Because of its wide diversity of majors in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, Dedman College recommends that all of its undergraduate students be equipped with basic computer hardware and software (Mac OS or Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Some Dedman College majors may require specific computer programs for access to course materials on Blackboard and other web-based systems. All laptops should be equipped with 802.11a, 802.11g or 802.11n wireless network interfaces.

Lyle School of Engineering

The Lyle School of Engineering recommends that all undergraduate students have a basic laptop or desktop computer.  Lyle provides computing lab facilities for completion of course work. All laptops should support 802.11a/g/n networks.

Meadows School of the Arts

Meadows requires an Apple laptop for all incoming undergraduate students. Meadows departments use Mac software suites for audio and video editing, graphic design and convergent media. Where required, Windows operating system can also be installed on Apple hardware for students enrolled in classes in other schools that might require Windows. Incoming students should purchase the Apple computer that will meet the requirements of their intended area of study once they declare their major.  Click here for current Meadows computer requirements. Incoming students can email meadowstech@smu.edu with questions about laptop recommendations and purchasing. 

Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Simmons recommends that all of its undergraduate students be equipped with basic computer hardware and software (Mac OS or Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Some classes might require specific computer programs for access to course materials on Blackboard and other web-based systems. All laptops should be equipped with 802.11a, 802.11g or 802.11n wireless network interfaces.