CPP Cost of Attendance

Computer Requirements

NOTE:  Make purchases as needed as you progress through the program. Do not buy everything in your 1st year, it will become obsolete by the time you are in your culminating project year. The graduate coordinator will provide information about specific requirements as appropriate.

Laptop Requirement

All architecture majors are required to obtain a laptop for use in the classroom/studio. The Dept. of Architecture suggests that students purchase a laptop with a fast graphics card and significant memory.  A gaming laptop from Costco often serves the needs of most students. CPP has lease-to-own programs for Dell and Apple computers.

Computer (PC or Mac Laptop)

  • 32 GB or more RAM is recommended.
  • A Powerful graphics card with onboard memory.
  • Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended.
  • 500 GB hard drive storage.
  • Built in Network Card – for wireless campus network and Bluetooth link to personal printer and other devices.
  • 17” screen or supplementary monitor recommended.
  • Microphone and webcam – most laptops come outfitted with these.


  • USB Memory Stick 32+ GB –for mobilizing your work files.
  • External HD – for archiving work 1TB.
  • Desktop Printer – you should consider a color printer, a little more expensive but the net cost vs. paying a service bureau for color prints, after several quarters, is far less. A student can get by without buying a printer by finishing their work in time to utilize a service bureau (e.g.-Staples).
  • Drawing Tablet and StylusALT1: iPad Pro with Drawing app; ALT 2: Wacom Bamboo Capture; ALT 3: a Tablet PC meeting above specs may fulfill both laptop and tablet needs. Many students pair the use of a tablet (iPad) and a laptop to great success.

Required Software 

Additional Notes

  1. Many students use Apple PowerBooks.  Be advised that an Apple laptop’s hard drive will need to be partitioned to run both Apple and Windows applications.

  2. This Spec outlines a minimum capacity and will not necessarily allow a student to complete the required assignments for all courses offered in the ARC program. Other necessary equipment may include hardware and software for use with GPS services, 3D scanning, 3D Printing, etc. Students should also be advised that changes in computer technology are frequent and keeping pace with these changes can be expensive. Although serious thought has been given to what a student should purchase for college work, this spec list is not a guarantee that changes in technology will not make the student’s purchase less than adequate for advanced work for the full five years of the program.