Information Technology

Computing Information for Students

Computers in coursework

Students at Reed use computers in almost every area of the curriculum. Every student should have a laptop with a currently supported operating system, capable of running Microsoft Office, modern web browsers, and Zoom.

For up-to-date academic information, visit:

Technology recommendations for students

A majority of the Reed community chooses to use Apple computers, but Windows and Linux systems will also work. The following Mac or Windows specifications should be sufficient for most students:

Minimum laptop specs:

  • macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later
  • Windows 10
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Recommended laptop specs:

  • macOS 12 (Monterey) or later
  • Windows 10 or newer
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD or greater

Additional accessories may be beneficial for extensive online learning:

  • Webcam
  • iPad with stylus
  • External keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Headphones
  • 20” or 24” external monitor
  • Extended warranty (including accidental damage and spill coverage)

Where to buy recommended technology

Apple computers, iPads, and accessories can be purchased through the Reed Computer Store.

  • Visit Reed’s Apple Affiliate Store to place orders and have them shipped directly to you. You can order Reed’s recommended systems, or create a custom order.
  • Note: After August 1, we recommend that you have your order shipped to your Reed College mail stop at:
    <your name>
    Reed College MS <your mailstop number>
    3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
    Portland OR 97202-8199

For more information about purchasing through Reed visit the Reed Computer Store or email

Dell computers with Windows 10 or newer work well on the campus network. Visit Dell’s Student Deals to review Inspiron or XPS options

Computing facilities for students

Campus computer labs, known as information resource centers (IRCs), are available for student use. Much of the specialized software provided in the IRCs is also available through our virtual lab system. More information is available on our Virtual Computer Lab page.

Printing on campus

Printers are provided for student use in various locations on campus. Printing is billed automatically to student accounts. All students are given an allotment for printing. If you choose to bring your own printer to campus, be aware that its wireless functionality is not compatible with the campus network. For more information please, visit our Printing at Reed page.

Smart Devices

Students are also allowed to bring smart devices such as Google Homes, Amazon Echos, smart lightbulbs. However, there is limited support for these devices and wireless functionalities are not always compatible with the campus network. For more information, please visit our Smart Devices page.

Where to get computer help

Computer User Services (CUS) provides all sorts of computer help to students. The CUS help desk can assist with software issues including installing and using software, printing, and using the lab computers. The help desk is open until midnight on school nights. CUS also operates an Apple-certified hardware repair shop and can repair your Mac no matter where you bought it. For Windows hardware repairs, we suggest that you work with your manufacturer. If your Windows computer is out of warranty, you'll want to find a local repair shop. Reed's help desk, repair shop, and computer store are all located on the first floor of the Educational Technology Center (ETC).

More information about computing and computer support

You can find more information about computing at Reed by visiting our web sites:

If you have specific questions about what kind of computer to purchase, contact the Reed College Computer Store at or 503-777-7253.