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Incoming Freshmen

Meet your new constant companion - your laptop

Rose-Hulman requires all incoming freshmen to have a laptop - and we have since 1995 - so that you have the world at your fingertips, you can stay organized and you can work anywhere on campus. We select a model each year so that everyone has the same laptop. You can buy your laptop bundle up front or pay for it over the course of your four years.

Our campus network includes 7,000 wired Ethernet ports and an extensive IEEE 802.11a/b/g wireless network, which means you can work online nearly anywhere on campus. That includes all residence-hall rooms, snack bar and nearly every classroom and lab. The wired Ethernet infrastructure is a fully switched 100Mbps network with a 45Mpbs connection to the Internet.

What comes in your laptop bundle?

  • Laptop computer
  • Software suite including Windows 7, Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, Logger Pro, Microsoft Forefront VirusScan, Maple, Matlab, Eclipse and latest version of JDK, Microsoft Office 2010, Solid Edge, Working Model, Van Dyke Secure CRT, and Van Dyke Secure FX
  • Free upgrades on software as long as you're a student
  • Insurance
  • Four-year warranty
  • Carrying case
  • Mouse
  • Cables
  • Ethernet connection
  • Wireless network interfaces

The 2013-2014 freshman class is using the Lenovo ThinkPad W530:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad W530
  • Intel Core i7-3740QM 2.7GHz
  • Nvidia Quadro K1000 with 2GB RAM
  • 15.6” FHD 1920x1080 LCD
  • 8GB PC3-12800 RAM (2 modules)
  • Intel Centrino Ultimate–N 6300 Wireless
  • 9 cell Li Battery TWL70++
  • 320 GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  • DVD +/- RW Optical Drive
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • UltraNav Pointstick and Touchpad
  • 720p HD webcam
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • TPM 1.2 Security Chip
  • W530 Color Sensor
  • 170 Watt AC Adapter
  • 4 year Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • Windows 7