As an entering student, Berklee requires you to own an Apple Macintosh laptop computer that meets certain standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the college. In addition, you must purchase a software package which includes several leading music technology applications in use at the college. The college makes exclusive arrangements to purchase items from leading industry manufacturers and passes this value along to you.
|Entering Student Software Package||
The Entering Student Software Package includes the following software:
Click the software titles to view more information.
Berklee strongly recommends that students protect and care for their computer as they would any other valuable resource. Repairs not covered under the AppleCare Protection Plan can be very expensive. If theft, breakage, or other damage occurs (regardless of fault), the student is liable for the cost of any and all repairs or replacement. Safeware Inc. offers laptop insurance that protects your computer investment.
Items not covered under the AppleCare Protection Plan:
|Physical damage (breakage, cracks)||Extreme physical or electrical stress|
|Liquid spills||Consumables, such as batteries and power supplies, unless due to defect|
|Cosmetic damage (scratches, dents)||Loss or misplacement of the computer|
|Damage or failure due to abuse, neglect, or inappropriate use||Theft|
External Hard Drives
We recommend that all students have an external hard drive while they’re at Berklee. You can use external drives to back up your computer. We also recommend storing software instrument libraries (for example, Komplete) on your external drive to free up space on your own computer. If you don’t get an external hard drive, you run the risk of losing all your information if your computer’s internal drive needs to be replaced, and you also run the risk of filling up your computer’s internal drive quickly if you store all your samples there, greatly reducing your computer’s speed.