Student Technology Requirements & Discounts
Computer requirements vary by program—check your program page for details. For most students, a basic computer meeting minimum requirements is all you need, but there are exceptions. Review our recommended specifications below, and check your program page for any additional requirements.
|Recommended for||All programs||School of Business + Media||Forensics/Computing/Engineering|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Processor||Intel i5 or AMD equivalent||Intel i5 or AMD equivalent||Intel i7 or AMD equivalent|
|Memory||8 GB||8 GB or greater||16 GB or greater|
|Hard drive||250 GB SSD||250 GB SSD and 500 GB HDD||250 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD|
|Graphics card||Standard Intel||Nvidia MX250 or equivalent/better||Nvidia GTX 1650 or equivalent/better|
|Screen||13″ or larger||13″ or larger with at least 1920 x 1080||13″ or larger with at least 1920 x 1080|
|Connectivity||802.11n or newer/LAN||802.11n or newer/LAN||802.11n or newer/LAN|
|Internet||High speed internet connection of at least 30 Mbps Download/10 Mbps Upload||High speed internet connection of at least 30 Mbps Download/10 Mbps Upload||High speed internet connection of at least 30 Mbps Download/10 Mbps Upload|
|Other||Webcam + Microphone||Webcam + Microphone||Webcam + Microphone|
|Warranty||Accidental damage coverage recommended||Accidental damage coverage recommended||Accidental damage coverage recommended|
Even if your program doesn’t require an above-basic computer, for best performance you might want to consider upgrading. Please see the following additional information about technology requirements for these programs:
- Broadcast: Technology requirements for Broadcast and Online Journalism [PDF]
- Computing: Laptop requirements vary by Computing programs, please check your program page and welcome packages
- Civil Engineering: Technology requirements for Civil Engineering [PDF]
- Digital Arts/New Media: Technology requirements for Digital Arts and New Media programs [PDF]
Student discounts on technology products
As a BCIT student, you are eligible for educational pricing on computers and other technology.
BCIT partners with Dell, Microserve, and Apple to provide choice for students. Visit these websites to view offers on applicable technology products.