2014-2015 College of Design Technology Guidelines

The College of Design and the University of Minnesota Bookstores M Tech Computer Store have teamed up to provide students with the technology they need to succeed in the classroom with special academic savings.

College of Design majors can select from one of the following bundles to meet the College of Design technology recommendations. These bundles may be purchased at the M Tech Store located in the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, the U of M Bookstore located in the St. Paul Student Center, or online from www.mtech.umn.edu by selecting your desired bundle from the links below.

Apple MacBook Pro Recommendations

15-inch MacBook Pro
ME293LL/A w/Retina Display
2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHZ
256GB Pcie-based Flash Storage
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Built-in battery (8 hours)

Reg. $1,989.00
Sale $1,939.00

Promotional Bundle Savings

Save $50 off the purchase of the recommended MacBook Pro

Save an additional $100 with the purchase of your recommended MacBook Pro with 3-year accidental damage warranty and receive a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 365 University ($69.95 value, and a FREE Case Logic Computer Sleeve ($29.95).

Extended Warranty Options
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle -$2,000 $239.00
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle-$3,000 $289.00
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle-$4000 $339.00
Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac & Windows-12 month subscription $359.88
See below for tax exempt information.  
  Purchase your bundles here

Dell Laptop Recommendations

15.6-inch Dell Precision M3800 Touch Laptop
4th Gen Intel Core i7-4702HQ Quad-core processor (6m Cache, 2.2GHZ up to 3.20GHz)
8GB RAM Memory
Windows 7 Pro 64bit installed, upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit included
256GB Serial ATA Solid State Drive
15.6-inch LED Backlit Touch Display (1920x1080)
NVIDIA QUADRO K1100M with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory
6-cell battery


Promotional Bundles
Save two ways with Dell's Back to School Offer. Buy this recommended Laptop and get a FREE Dell Venue 7 Tablet ($150.00 value) after rebate.

Save an additional $100
Buy this Dell Precision Computer with 3-year accidental damage warranty and receive a FREE Microsoft Office 365 Universtiy ($69.95 value) and FREE Case Logic Laptop Sleeve ($29.95 value)

Reg. $149.99
Less rebate $149.99


Exteneded Warranty  
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle-$2000 $239.00
Adobe Creative Cloud for Windows-12 month subscription $359.88
See below for tax exempt information  
  Purchase your bundles here

Tax Exempt Information

Students in the following academic programs in the College of Design are required to purchase a computer as prescribed by the College faculty.

  • Pre-Architecture and Architecture (BDA & BS): PC or Mac
  • Pre-Graphic Design & Graphic Design: Mac
  • Interior Design (after sucessfully passing portfolio review): PC or Mac

Students who are required to have a laptop computer for their program may purchase their systems from the M Tech Computer Store at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union. Students will be exempted from the 7.775% Minnesota State Sales Tax (a $155.00 to $186.00 savings). To be eligible for the tax exempt status, students must be able to confirm their enrollment in the College of Design.