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Do not purchase Office

Students have the ability to download Office 365 for FREE.

Students can receive a discount on several software applications simply by using their SMU Email address. Visit varsitybuys.com to purchase Adobe applications and more.

Students are eligible to download SAS, SAS JMP, and Mathematica free of charge under our campus agreement. Click here for details.

Cell Phone Service

SMU has a contract with both AT&T and Sprint. Through these contracts, students can receive discounts on existing or new lines of service. Click on your desired vendor to learn more or sign up for your discount.

IT Computer Guide

Apple and Windows platforms are fully supported and compatible with campus IT services.
The following are suggested minimum requirements for a personal computer:

Processor: 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5 or higher
Memory: 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
Storage: 256GB or better.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better.
Wireless: 802.11n WiFi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Optional: Ethernet Port, DVD Drive, Webcam

Requirements & Recommendations by School

Cox

REQUIRED:

  • Windows laptop or Mac laptop with Windows operating system (Bootcamp, Parallels or VMware for Mac Labtop)
  • Office for Windows 2013 / Mac 2011 or newer.*

ITOM and Stat courses require Solver for Excel add-ins and StatPlus:mac LE (Mac users only)

Special Requirements for Certain Programs/Areas:

  • Students in the MSF program and some MBA Finance courses are encouraged to have HP 12C or BA II Plus calculators.
  • Students in the MSBA Program need the SAS software (including Enterprise Miner and Sentiment Analyzer) and SQL Server (installed in a Virtual Machine) on their laptops. The laptop should have at least 8GB of RAM.
  • Students in ITOM courses need to have MS Access installed. This is part of the Windows Office 2013 package, but is not part of the Office for Mac package.

Dedman College

REQUIRED:

  • Computer using Mac OS or Windows with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.*

Special Requirements for Computational Courses:

  • Mac with MAC OS X, Windows, and UNIX platforms; LaTex for text editing

Law

REQUIRED:

  • Computer using Mac OS or Windows with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. *

Lyle School of Engineering

REQUIRED:

  • Laptop or desktop computer. Lyle provides computing lab facilities for completion of course work.

Meadows School of the Arts

REQUIRED:

Model: 13-inch MacBook Pro
Operating system: OSX-10.8 or higher
Processor: 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5 or higher
RAM: 8GB or higher
HardDrive: 250 GB or higher
Technical Support: AppleCare Protection plan
Software: Microsoft Office -- All students will need the most current Microsoft Office Package (Available for download from office365.smu.edu).
Other recommended software packages vary by academic division and course.

More information about the Meadows Laptop Requirement can be found here.


Simmons School of Education and Human Development

REQUIRED:

  • Computer using Mac OS or Windows with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. *

Theology

REQUIRED:

  • Computer using Mac OS or Windows with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.*

SUGGESTED:

  • 14 to 15 inch laptops and Mac for students working with media such as Audio and Video.

 

* Students may freely download Office 365 from Office365.smu.edu.