Bring Your Own Laptop

To bring your own laptop to Berklee's Boston campus, respond accordingly in the “Next Steps” section of the Admissions portal after receiving your Berklee OnePass credentials.

Students who will spend their first year abroad in Spain are required to bring their own laptop.

In most cases, if you own an Apple Macbook Pro that meets or exceeds the college’s standards, you may bring that computer with you and purchase the Entering Student Software Package, which is required in order for you to participate in your coursework at Berklee, and which will provide you with an introduction to the technology used in today's music industry. You must purchase the required software package when bringing your own computer to Berklee; there are no exceptions.

Entering Student Software Package $1,240.00

Price does not include Massachusetts sales tax.

Recommended Computer Technical Specifications

Display 13-inch retina display or greater
Processor Dual-core Intel Core i5 or greater
Memory 16 GB or greater
Storage 512 GB or greater

Below are all the MacBook Pro models that currently meet the technology requirement:

Retina, 13-inch, late 2012
Retina, 15-inch, mid-2012
Retina, 13-inch, early 2013
Retina, 15-inch, early 2013
Retina, 13-inch, late 2013
Retina, 15-inch, late 2013
Retina, 13-inch, mid-2014
Retina, 15-inch, mid-2014
Retina, 13-inch, early 2015
Retina, 15-inch, mid-2015
13-inch, 2016 with two Thunderbolt 3 ports
15-inch, 2016
13-inch, 2016 with four Thunderbolt 3 ports

If you need help identifying your MacBook Pro model, please visit the How to identify MacBook Pro models page on the Apple website.

If your computer is less than three years old, it will most likely meet the technology requirement. A small number of computers that are eligible might not meet certain requirements for technology-focused majors, and you may need to upgrade your device during your stay at Berklee. Any of the current MacBook Pro laptop models meet the requirements (but note that Apple's non-Pro MacBook model, announced March 2015, does not meet these requirements). You may learn more about these models on the Apple Store website.

    PreSonus AudioBox iTwo

    The PreSonus AudioBox iTwo is not included in the Entering Student Software Package when you bring your own computer, but if you are in Boston you can purchase one at any time using MasterCard or Visa at the Student Computer Support Center for $119.00 plus Massachusetts sales tax as long as you a currently enrolled.

    PreSonus AudioBox iTwoCore Technology

    • Bus-powered USB 2.0/iPad audio interface
    • 24-bit resolution; 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz sampling rate

    Inputs and Outputs

    • Two microphone inputs with low-noise, high-headroom, Class A mic preamplifiers and +48V phantom power
    • Two switchable line/instrument inputs
    • Two balanced ¼” TRS main line-level outputs
    • 1x1 MIDI In/Out
    • Stereo headphone output with independent level control

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