Recommendations for Computer Purchases
The School of Hotel Administration offers access to over 130 computer workstations in the Binenkorb Computer Center and the Nestlé Library, but students may find it difficult to access equipment during peak times when classes are in session and many assignments are due. For this reason, most of our students choose to purchase their own computers.
The School of Hotel Administration's faculty rely exclusively on computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems. We strongly recommend selecting a Microsoft Windows-based machine with Microsoft Office 2016 to avoid any compatibility issues, particularly related to class assignments.
Although new Apple computers are currently capable of running Windows, that requires purchasing both a Windows and an Office 2010 license. A dedicated Windows computer is still strongly recommended.
Laptop or Desktop?
Performance and cost are now very similar, so personal preference is key. Some students enjoy the ability to take their computers all over campus, benefiting from the extensive wireless networks that are in place at Cornell. Others find the smaller keyboards and differences in pointer devices an obstacle to productivity. Ultimately, each student should purchase a computer comfortable for him/her, with the following minimum requirements:
(dual- or quad-core)
|2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U||6th Gen Core I7|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD||256 GB SSD|
|RAM||8 GB min, 16 GB preferred||8 GB min, 16 GB preferred|
|Monitor||15" active matrix||22" flat panel|
|Peripherals||CD/RW DVD/RW||CD/RW DVD/RW|
|Wireless Capability||802.11 n/ac integrated|
|Optional Enhancements||USB drive or external hard drive||USB drive or external hard drive|
As a student in the School of Hotel Administration, you will be required to use Microsoft Office a great deal. While Office 2016 is available on all of our public computers, it is also available for students to download and install. Download Office 365 ProPlus for Students.
An easily overlooked but vital aspect of purchasing a new computer is the warranty that comes with it. Larger vendors, such as Dell, typically offer four-year warranty plans that include parts and labor. In some cases they might cost a little extra at the time of purchase but can save a tremendous amount of money and time if parts fail.
- For information on purchasing a computer please see Tech Connect at the Cornell Store.
Servicing Your Computer
Please note that the School of Hotel Administration does not provide support for either hardware or software issues for students, but there are Cornell-provided support options. For computer repairs, the Cornell Store offers services. For on-campus technical support, please consult Cornell's IT Service Desk.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Assistant Director of Instructional Technologies