2015-2016 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 computers to meet the College of Design technology recommendations. These computers may be purchased at the M Tech Computer 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 computer from the links below.

Apple MacBook Pro Requirements

15-inch MacBook Pro
MGXA2LL/A w/Retina Display

  • 2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM Memory
  • 256GB Pcie-based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • Built-in battery (8 hours)
  • Thunderbolt digital video output
  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI Connection
  • USB 3.0



$1,989.00

Apple MacBook Pro Upgrade for School of Architecture

15-inch MacBook Pro
MGXC2LL/A w/Retina Display

  • 2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
  • 16BG 1600MGz DDR3L SDRAM Memory
  • 512GB Pcie-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Pro plus NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics with 2BG GDDRS video memory
  • Built-in battery (8 hours)
  • Thunderbolt digital video output
  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI Connection
  • USB 3.0
$2,299.00
Extended Warranty Options
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle -$2,000 $249.00
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle-$3,000 $299.00
Optional M Tech Computer Services
Installing Windows via Boot Camp $75.00

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

$179.00
Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac- 12 month subscription $239.88
See below for tax exempt information.  
  Purchase your bundles here
 

Dell Laptop Recommendations

15.6-inch Dell Precision
M3800 Touch Laptop

  • Intel Core i7-4712HQ Quad Core 2.30GHz up to 3.3GHz
  • Turbo, 6MB 37W, w/HD graphics 4600 Thunderbolt
  • 8GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx1) (370-AAUR)
  • Windows 7 Pro 64bit, includes Windows 8.1 Pro license
  • 256GB Solid State Drive Full Mini Card (400-AAXV)
  • 15.6-inch LED UltraSharp 4K Ultrea HD (3840x2160) Touch Display
  • NVIDIA Quadro K1100M with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory
  • 6-cell battery
$1,849.00
   
Exteneded Warranty  
3-year Accidental Damage Warranty Bundle-$2000 $249.00
Adobe Creative Cloud for Windows-12 month subscription $239.88
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 because they have been prescribed for use 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 purchase a 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.