Technology Requirements for Entering Students
As an entering student, Berklee requires you to own an Apple Macintosh laptop computer that meets the standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the college. In addition, you must purchase the Entering Student Software Package, which includes several leading music technology applications in use at the college and in the music industry at large.
Berklee makes exclusive arrangements to purchase items from leading industry manufacturers and passes this value along to you. Because your suite of software is offered as a package, you must purchase the full package even if you already own some of the software included in it; for this reason, please refrain from purchasing music software in anticipation of attending Berklee.
Requirements: Your Tools for Success
To succeed as a Berklee student and in your career, you need the right tools. At Berklee, we make sure that you have them, which is why we require the following:
Purchase a Laptop from Berklee*Bring Your Own Laptop*Purchase option available on the Boston campus only. Students who will spend their first year abroad in Spain are required to bring their own laptop.
Technology Recommendations: Protecting and Supplementing Your Tools
Berklee strongly recommends that you protect and care for your computer as you 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), you are liable for the cost of any and all repairs or replacement. However, Safeware Inc. offers laptop insurance that protects your computer investment.
The following items are 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 you keep and use an external hard drive while attending 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.