In the 2021-2022 academic year, the College of IST piloted a requirement that all first-year students must own a laptop computer that met or exceeded minimum technical specifications. The pilot was continued through the 2022-2023 academic year. In the 2023-2024 academic year, the Provost confirmed the success of the pilot initiative and made owning a laptop a standard requirement for all first-year College of IST students. As such, starting in fall 2023, all first-, second-, and third-year College of IST undergraduate courses and sections will require students, regardless of their major at the University, to own their own laptop. Starting in fall 2024, all College of IST undergraduate courses will be included in the requirement.
If you need additional technical support for the student laptop requirement, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can review the information shared with students about this requirement at ist.psu.edu/laptop.