Generally, a computer with at least 4GB of RAM that can run Microsoft Office (or equivalent) is sufficient for college classes. However, some majors require specific hardware. You can search the web with the phrase "BYU Laptop Requirements" to find laptop requirements for some of BYU's most popular majors. Then, contact your college advisement center to make sure you don't miss anything.
Tech & Free Software
Learn how to print on campus, install free Microsoft Office programs, connect to campus Wi-Fi, use the BYU Mobile App, and more!
Find a Computer
You can use computer labs on campus, rent a laptop, or buy one. If you plan on going on a mission soon, it may be a good idea to wait on purchasing a new laptop because technology upgrades so quickly. The Office of IT rents out PC and Mac laptops (first-come, first-serve). IT will have tents sent up in each housing area during housing check-in or students can go to the 104 Ellsworth Building (36 West 2230 North, Provo). If you want to buy a computer, the BYU Store is a great option, with tax-free purchasing and academic discounts. The BYU Store also has a computer repair shop that is an Apple Authorized Repair Center.
Free Microsoft Office
Get Microsoft Office 365 for FREE at http://office.byu.edu. This package includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneDrive, and more. For a step-by-step of how to download the program, check out the link below.
You will not have a BYU specific email account, but you can create a BYU email alias. This alias will be linked to your preferred email account and send mail to that inbox. Making an alias can get you student discounts with Amazon, Spotify, and other companies. These discounts are given because your email ends with .edu instead of the typical .com and shows that you are a student.
There are open access printers located across campus that you can print to from your laptop. After you download the print driver, it's easy to send your print job to any of these printers. Just swipe your ID card at the printer and you will see your net ID and anything you have sent to print. There are also several copy centers you can use for special printing projects (posters, flyers, binding, etc.).
Wireless access is available in nearly all campus buildings. As a student, you can connect to the "BYU Secure" network. Campus visitors can connect to “BYU Guest” access. On-campus Housing areas provide BYU network jacks in each apartment, and students are welcome to bring their own compatible wireless access.
BYU Office of IT offers training on all kinds of software, and it is FREE for students. These training courses are generally 1-2 hours/day for one to two weeks.