***Important information to consider if purchasing an Apple computer***
Several Applications used in each program is only available for Windows based computers or in reduced mode on MacOS. Choosing an Apple computer may require the additional purchase of a virtual software such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion or setting up Boot Camp allowing for the installation of Windows OS and additional software.
Virtualization software such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop use with intense design software will run significantly reduced performance.
Apple video cards are NOT certified by many of the advanced software used in coursework such as software from Autodesk or Soldworks.
If purchasing a Mac alway select the highest performing computer possible
Students who are technically savvy and opt for Apple hardware with Boot Camp or virtualized software despite these recommendations should anticipate investing additional time and energy in OS maintenance and application troubleshooting.