Information Technology

For more information on how to fund your technology purchases, please contact Columbia Central at or at 312-369-7140. If you are looking to purchase a computer for your coursework, please note the recommended laptop specifications and additional technology supplies listed below. There are specific recommendations for the following departments:

Students in programs in all other departments should use the General Laptop Recommendations

Columbia provides free access to all students for:

Educational Discounts

General Laptop Recommendations

(for all departments/programs unless specified by department below)

PC/Windows-based platform

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen

Minimum requirements:



13” MacBook Pro or Air Laptop

Minimum requirements:

Department-specific Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)