Computer Recommendations

ⓘ Beginning Fall 2022, all cadets will be required to own a laptop computer.

Though not a requirement for the 2021-22 academic year, please review the recommendations in preparation for Fall 2022 before considering your purchase.

Cadets are authorized to bring only laptop computers to VMI, desktop computers are not permitted. Purchasing IT-approved, recommended laptop models will ensure prompt priority support and quick turn-around time for any parts ordered.

Recommended Laptops 

*NOTE: Engineering cadets MUST purchase a Windows OS unit as MAC units are not compatible with required software.


Operating System Windows 10 64 Bit
Processor Minimum Intel 9th Gen i5 or i7; Recommended Intel 10th Gen i7
Memory (RAM) 16 GB
Hard Drive Minimum 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive); Recommended 1 TB SSD
Webcam Built-in or external with built-in microphone (headset / earbuds recommended
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)
Warranty 4 year is highly recommended

Recommended PC Dell Laptops
 (Includes 4-year on-site warranty. With Dell onsite coverage, laptops may be serviced by VMI certified Dell technicians).

For assistance ordering a laptop, contact the Barracks Help Desk at (540) 464-7888 or

When purchasing a recommended model, a loaner laptop is available to users who experience equipment issues. Loaner laptops are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Microsoft Campus Agreement before proceeding to the Dell or Apple website.

Technical Support

The IT Help Desk provides technical support for cadets including password assistance, troubleshooting, and repair of cadet-owned computers. 

VMI provides public computers for cadet use in academic buildings, the Barracks study room and computer lab (available 24/7). Barracks rooms are configured to allow access to the VMI network and the Internet via a wired and wireless connection. We recommend purchasing a CAT.5E or CAT.6 network cable (5-7 feet long).

Equipment that does not meet the recommended requirements will be given low support priority.

Cadets may customize laptops according to their needs.