Recommended Computer \ Regional & Community Planning

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Non-baccalaureate (NB) Students will need to purchase a GIS-capable computer before they take GEOG 508 (4th semester) and then PLAN 510 and PLAN 640 (5th semester).
Post-baccalaureate (PB) Students
will need to purchase a computer before they begin their 1st semester.



Online orders:
Nich Hearn
Business Development Manager
Dell | EDU Member Purchase Program


Online orders: Lenovo Student Purchasing
Joe Kenney
Senior Account Executive
Higher Education KS/NE/SD/ND/WY/MT
Lenovo United States


4 year on-site warranty is highly recommended.


24" wide aspect 16:9 monitor
1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz


Surge suppressor power strip or uninterruptible power supply.
6ft cord minimum (up to 10ft) with 6 outlets.
$25 - $250


Cat 6 Ethernet cable.
10ft to 15ft recommended.
$5 - $15

Ethernet adapter for laptops highly recommended.
Desktops have a built in Ethernet.
$10 - $50


Laptops have a built in webcam.

Removable storage

  • Flash drive.
  • External hard drive. Capacity should exceed the internal hard drive capacity of the computer, used for backups and archiving.
    $100 - $200


Windows 11 Pro 64bit
There are multiple versions of Windows 11, ensure you have the PRO version and not the HOME version.

Microsoft Office
Available FREE through K-State Office 365 Webmail.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Software may be purchased from Adobe at academic discounts.
Check Adobe's storefront for current pricing.

Autodesk applications offered via the Autodesk Education Community.
Available FREE at
It is recommended to wait until you have received the syllabus from your instructor before downloading and installing Autodesk applications.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Available FREE under the K-State ESRI Educational Site License. See the ESRI Products, Use, and Sources summary sheet for details concerning desktop and online software options and sources/procedures.

Additional software may be specified in your instructor’s course syllabus.

Recommended options

Protect your investment from accidental damage or theft. Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and verify coverage, recommend purchase of a separate policy for your equipment if necessary.