Laptop Requirements, Equipment & Supplies

Laptop Requirements

CABE requires students to use windows-based (not MacOS) computers due to the software (listed in tables below) that our disciplines rely on.  Mac users are at a distinct disadvantage and cannot expect faculty to compensate.

Minimum Recommended Laptops are required for all undergraduate and graduate students.  A laptop certification process that takes place during a student's first month on campus confirms that the laptop meets the standards listed below.

Students in studio-based programs are strongly advised to consider purchasing the Higher-Performance Windows Laptop.  This applies particularly to BArch Students, considering that the maximum life expectancy of laptops to efficiently run required Architecture Program software is 5 years.

The Jefferson Campus Stores work directly with the deans of the colleges to offer specific recommended computer configurations for your course of study. They are an authorized Apple and Lenovo Campus Store and offer educational pricing on hardware and software. For your college recommendations and software offerings through the Campus Store, please click on the link below or contact the Campus Store directly at campusstore@jefferson.edu or 215-951-2717. 

2020-21 Laptop Requirement Details

  Minimum Recommended
Windows Laptop
High-Performance
Windows Laptop
Processor 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
with vPro™ (2.30GHz, up to 4.80GHz
with Turbo Boost, 8 Cores, 16MB Cache)
Intel® Xeon® E-2276M
with vPro™ (2.80GHz, up to 4.70GHz
with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache)
Operating System Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Display Type 15.6" UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS,
anti-glare with Dolby Vision™ HDR 400,
500 nits, Non-Touch, IR-Camera, Mic

15.6" UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS,
anti-glare with Dolby Vision™ HDR 400,
500 nits, Non-Touch, IR-Camera, Mic

System Graphics NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX4000 8GB NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX5000 16GB
Total Memory 64GB (32GB + 32GB) DDR4 2666MHz 64GB (32GB + 32GB) DDR4 2666MHz ECC
Camera IR & 720p HD IR & 720p HD
Hard Drive 1TB SSD PCIe 1TB SSD PCIe
Optical Device N/A N/A
Battery 6 Cell Li-Polymer, 90Wh 6 Cell Li-Polymer, 90Wh
Power Cord 230watt AC 230watt AC
Ports/Slots Thunderbolt, HDMI & USB3.1 Thunderbolt, HDMI & USB3.1
Network Adaptor Intel® AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX (2 x 2)
& Bluetooth® 5.1
Intel® AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX (2 x 2)
& Bluetooth® 5.1
External Drive 1TB External Drive for Back-Ups 1TB External Drive for Back-Ups 
Warranty 2Y-5Y Premier Support Warranty  2Y-5Y Premier Support Warranty
University Bookstore Purchase Link University Bookstore Direct Purchase Link (Lenovo ThinkPad 53)
University Bookstore Direct Purchase Link (Lenovo ThinkPad 53)
Software Purchase Requirements

Software through Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) is available through an educational license with TJU, students can create a free Adobe ID account with Campus Key and Adobe at this link: https://www.adobe.com/

Software through Autodesk (Revit, 3DSMax, AutoCAD) is available through a free educational copy by creating an account through Autodesk Education using their ‘.edu’ university email address:

https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/featured

Copies of McNeel Rhino and Rendering Software should be purchased through the East Falls Campus School Store (this rate will be cheaper than online).

Additional free software and plugins such as Grasshopper3D, Sefaira are required for specific classes and download instructions will be provided by course instructors Additional free software and plugins such as Grasshopper3D, Sefaira are required for specific classes and download instructions will be provided by course instructors

  Minimum Recommended
Windows Laptop
Processor 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9850H with vPro™ (2.60GHz, up to 4.60GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache)
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Display Type 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Vision™ HDR 400, 500 nits
System Graphics NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX3000 6GB
Total Memory 32GB (16GB + 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz
Camera 720p HD
Hard Drive 512GB SSD PCIe
Optical Device N/A
Battery 6 Cell Li-Polymer, 90Wh
Power Cord 230watt AC
Ports/Slots Thunderbolt, HDMI & USB3.1
Network Adaptor Intel® AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.1
External Drive 1TB External Drive for Back-Ups
Warranty 2Y-4Y Premier Support Warranty
University Bookstore Purchase Link University Bookstore Direct Purchase Link (Lenovo ThinkPad 53)
Software Purchase Requirements

Software through Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) is available through an educational license with TJU, students can create a free Adobe ID account with Campus Key and Adobe at this link: https://www.adobe.com/

Software through Autodesk (Revit, 3DSMax, AutoCAD) is available through a free educational copy by creating an account through Autodesk Education using their ‘.edu’ university email address:

https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/featured

Copies of McNeel Rhino and Rendering Software should be purchased through the East Falls Campus School Store (this rate will be cheaper than online).

Additional free software and plugins such as Grasshopper3D, Sefaira are required for specific classes and download instructions will be provided by course instructors Additional free software and plugins such as Grasshopper3D, Sefaira are required for specific classes and download instructions will be provided by course instructors

Software Requirements

Allow a budget to purchase and subscribe to the minimum software needed for courses. Special required software should be listed on Banner when students enroll in a course. Courses may have specific purchasing instructions on a per course basis. Prices below are provided as a budget estimation.

Rhinoceros: $175 one time purchase

Adobe Suite: See below

VRay: $115 per year subscription

Adobe Creative Cloud

Thanks to Jefferson University's partnership with Adobe, all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff have unlimited access to Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of their relationship with the University.

Books

Budget $500 per year

Equipment & Supplies

For the typical first year Architecture Undergraduate or Graduate student:

The items listed below in bold type are included in a package prepared by the Jefferson University bookstore for approximately $70. If you do not have any drawing materials it would be easier and less expensive for you to purchase this package. Not all items will be used immediately.  Feel free to purchase tools and supplies as necessary.   You may order from the on-line school store and have items shipped directly to your campus address in 2-4 days.

For the First Day of Class:

  • Sketchbook - hardcover, unlined, min. 5”x7” (spiral or hard bound)
  • Pencil sharpener, one that catches the shavings
  • Set of drawing pencils; recommended weights – 4H, 2H, H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Eraser - white plastic
  • Architect's scale ruler - triangular, 12" long

For the First Month of Class:

  • Cutting mat 18”x24” with grid
  • Metal ruler - min. 18” long, with cork on the back
  • X-Acto knife with #11 blades
  • Box of 100 #11 X-Acto blades
  • Mat or utility knife with blades and Snap-off knife (Olfa or X-Acto)
  • White (or yellow or buff) tracing paper, 12” or 24” wide roll
  • Drafting tape or drafting dots (You may also want masking tape)
  • White glue - Elmer’s or Sobo, get both the smallest bottle and a larger bottle for refills
  • Rubber cement
  • Push pins (not thumb tacks) Clear, 100
  • Lead holder (clutch pencil)
  • Leads for lead holder; recommended weights - HB, H, 2H, 4H
  • Lead sharpener (hand held)
  • T-Square (36” or 42” long), metal or wood with clear edge
  • 30˚-60˚ triangle - 12" or 14"
  • 45˚ triangle - 10" or 12”
  • Prismacolor pencils, 12-pack set, larger if you can afford it (plus Black, White, Warm Gray 50%)
  • Color wheel
  • 11x17" vellum drawing pad

Recommended Additional Drafting Tools you will need for this Class:

  • Eraser - yellow or blue plastic, for ink
  • Eraser - Kneaded
  • Erasing shield
  • 45˚ triangle - 4”
  • Circle template
  • Set of 5 Staedtler Marsgraphic pigmentliner pens
  • Drafting vellum - 24” wide roll – or individual sheets as needed
  • Adjustable triangle - 8"
  • Compass - get the best one you can afford

Recommended Additional Model Making Tools

  • Shop safety glasses (REQUIRED)
  • 6” metal straight edge (ruler)
  • Modelmaker’s miter box & saw (or “The Chopper”)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Double faced masking tape
  • Set of needle files & Emery Boards
  • Additional X-Acto knife handles & blade styles

EXTRA MONEY - Allow at least $250.00 for additional expenditures. There will be additional materials required – chip board, bass wood, presentation boards and paper, paint, clay, wood, metal, fasteners, etc.  These should be purchased when specific projects require them.  You should factor the cost of project based materials into every semester.

Most of the supplies you will need for first year are available in the Campus Store, but you might find a broader selection of tools and materials at some of these stores.  In addition, the Fab Lab provides a map to various specialty material stores.

Artist & Craftsman Suppy
307 Market Street, Philadelphia
(267) 861-6008

7926 Germantown AvenueC
(215) 248-1513

Blick Philadelphia
1330 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
(215) 545-3214

Everything Plastic
444 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
(215) 238-9800

Merion Art & Repro
17 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
(610) 896-6161

Home Depot
1601 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
(215) 218-0600

4640 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia
(215) 537-6100

Lowe's Home Imrovement
2106 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
(215) 982-5391

Stanley's Hardware
Walking distance if your purchases are not too bulky

555 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia
(215) 482-1200

Make your life easier by getting: a storage box for your tools, a lightweight portfolio for carrying flat drawings, an ice tube for rolls of drawings.  Many students find a folding rolling crate to be useful.  You might also want a combination lock with a cable.