Technology Requirements

The School of Media and Journalism now requires that incoming students purchase a laptop computer that can be used in their major classes. We strongly recommend students purchase either an Apple or Windows laptop computer that meets or exceeds the standards listed below.*

Minimum Approved Hardware

Contact the Kent State University Bookstore at (330) 672-2762 for education pricing and special offers..

  • 13+" Display
  • Intel Core i7 processor or M1 Chip
  • 16GB is required for video majors
  • 512 GB Hard Drive
  • The Solid State Drives that come with the Retina Display are acceptable.

* For majors that are design, video or graphic intensive a MacBook Pro is Recommended.

For students who want to transport their media files: ie. Video & Audio, the School of Media and Journalism also recommends a 1TB external hard drive that works with both Apple and Windows computers.

It is recommended that parents/students take advantage of Apple back-to-school specials. For more information regarding back-to-school specials, contact the Kent State University Bookstore at (330) 672-2762 or visit their website at It is also strongly recommended that students purchase an upgraded three-year computer warranty.

Portable computers are subjected to more wear and tear than desktop computers. The upgraded warranty also includes three full years of 24/7 telephone technical support. Computers can be purchased at low education prices through the Kent State University Bookstore.


Microsoft Office is now free to all Kent State students. To obtain your copy please visit 

We also recommend creating a free account on Dropbox, or utilizing the free OneDrive storage available to all Kent State students. This is a nice place to keep all of your files. In the event of a computer malfunction, your files will be backed up in the cloud.