Prospective Student Resources

Computer/Laptop Specification

Engineering software can use a lot of computer resources so the recommended computer/laptop requirements are as follows:

Operating System

Windows 10 64-bit


16 GB or more recommended


3.3 Ghz or higher

Graphics Card

Find the best for your system

Hard Drive

SSD for best performance

Here is a list of software that students might have to use:

  • AutoCAD
  • Aspen
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Solid Works
  • West Point Bridge Designer
  • Maple
  • Minitab
  • Super Pro Designer

Note: It is possible to run most of the engineering software on Macintosh but we recommend Windows since all of our labs use Windows.