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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. Laptops must be paid for at the time the order is placed in June. If you indicate the payment is by loan, the loan must be secured and the laptop paid in full by freshman move-in day.

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- information may be found here 
  • 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 2014-2015 freshman class is using the Lenovo ThinkPad W540:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad W540
  • Intel Core i7-4700QM processor
  • 15.6” FHD 1920x1080 LCD
  • 8GB DDR3 (1 module)
  • Intel 7260 ac/b/g/n Wireless
  • 9 cell Lithium-Ion primary battery
  • 500 GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  • DVD +/- RW Multi Recorder Optical Drive
  • Backlit Keyboard with TouchPad and PointStick
  • nVidia Quadro K1100M w/2GB Video RAM
  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports
  • Integrated Gigabit NIC
  • Integrated Blue Tooth Module
  • 4 year Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • Microsoft Optical Mouse