Laptop Program: About the Laptop Program
Updated: 24 August 2020 03:23 PM
Special Considerations for Remote Learning and the Laptop Program Fall 2020
If you're coming to OCAD U, do I need a laptop for Fall 2020?
Our usual advice is best: one of our recommended laptops with a webcam and headset is the best option for you, as it allows you learn where you learn best. You definitely need a computer with a webcam and headset with mic. You may already have a desktop computer, and if it has a webcam and you have a headset with a microphone that may well just be all the computer you need for the Fall semester, you can delay your decision-making and purchase a new laptop later for use when we're back on campus.
How are you supporting students during COVID-19
What changes are coming to Apple Laptops with Apple Silicon?
How does it work?
Laptops go wherever you go and run professional software you will need. We know that students with laptops learn faster and perform better in university, capitalizing on your most valuable commodity: your time.
The Laptop Program provides software and support for students bringing their own laptops to OCAD University for their learning and instruction in art and design. Your laptop is the primary computer you will use on campus, in specific courses, studios and open areas between classes.
Either you already own a Laptop (or Desktop for Fall 2020) or you will need to purchase one.
I Need a Laptop. Now What?
If you need to buy a laptop, you have a variety of purchasing options with educational discounts. Once you register, you will be able to join an on-boarding course to learn about purchasing options.
I Already Own A Laptop
That's great! We recommend you take a look at our specific pages for the various recommended systems to ensure it meets the minimum requirements: I have some other kind of Laptop
Student Survey Results 2018
Programs & Recommended Laptops
Considering purchasing an Apple MacBook Pro?
If you wish to enroll into the Laptop Program, please fill out a Laptop Program Opt-In Request form:
What if I already have a laptop computer? Is it compatible?
If you already have a laptop that is less than 3 years old, and meets the minimum System Requirements on the Non-Recommended Unsupported Laptops page, then we recommend that you wear it out, and when it comes time to replace it, replace it with a model we recommend. If you're not sure, consult the IT Help Desk.
When Should I Buy a New Laptop?
We might recommend you wait until the back to school specials are announced later in the summer. Read our Purchasing Advice page.
Purchase the best warranty available
If you're buying a new laptop this September, please make sure you purchase Applecare, Dell Premium Support or Microsoft's extended warranty. If Dell and Microsoft offer warranties that offer protection from accidental damage, we recommend you purchase this warranty.
Non-Recommended Unsupported Computers
Don't have an Apple laptop? We recommend you view our knowledgebase article about Non-Recommended Unsupported Laptop