You are required to purchase the laptop computer specified by the institute: the Dell Precision 5520, described on the order forms. This is necessary to ensure that you have a computer that can be serviced by the institute, and is compatible with the campus network that delivers service to classrooms, laboratories and residence hall rooms. Other units may not satisfy these requirements. The required laptop computer gives you network capability and the ability to run the software that you will need in your academic classes. The large variety of laptops on the market makes it impossible for Rose-Hulman to provide maintenance service or assistance to you with a laptop other than the Dell Precision 5520. For these reasons, other laptop computers will not satisfy the laptop computer requirement.