2023-24 Baseline Minimum Computer System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral STC Students 

City University of Seattle (CityU) School of Technology and Computing (STC) requires the following computer specifications for their study. Especially, the students need enough computing power, memory space, and network bandwidth process. 

Operating System

  • Type: Windows 11 (64bit) / macOS 13 (or higher) 
  • Reasoning: Latest operating systems ensuring compatibility with current software and security features. 


  • Type: Intel Core i-series (11th Gen) / AMD Ryzen Series 6000 / Apple M2 chip 
  • Reasoning: Top-tier processors offering excellent performance for demanding applications, multitasking, and content creation. 

Memory (RAM)

  • Capacity: 32GB or higher 
  • Type: DDR4 or DDR5 
  • Reasoning: Provides ample memory for advanced multitasking, large datasets, and memory-intensive applications. 

Hard Drive

  • Type: 1 TB SSD (Solid State Drive) 
  • Reasoning: Large capacity for extensive software libraries, documents, and multimedia files, with the speed of an SSD. 


  • Size: 15 inches 
  • Resolution: Minimum 1920×1080 (Full HD) or higher 
  • Reasoning: Large screen size for enhanced productivity and media consumption with high resolution for clarity. 

Connectivity and Networking

  • Wi-Fi Capable: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) or better 
  • Bluetooth: Version 5.0 or higher 
  • Reasoning: Ensures fast and reliable internet connectivity and peripheral connectivity. 

Camera and Microphone

  • Camera: Integrated HD Webcam 
  • Microphone: Integrated high-quality microphone 
  • Reasoning: Essential for online classes, video conferencing, and collaboration. 

Additional Accessories and Features

  • 3-Year Extended Warranty/Service Plan: For repair and service coverage. 
  • Shoulder Carrying Bag: For safe and convenient transportation. 
  • Wireless Mouse: For ease of use and mobility. 
  • Headset with Microphone: For clear audio during classes and meetings. 
  • Flash Drive: 64GB for portable storage and backup. 
  • Antivirus Software (3 Years): For protection against malware and cyber threats. 
  • Surge Protector: With a minimum of 6 ports to protect against electrical surges.