Students entering Berklee College of Music are required to own a MacBook Pro that meets the standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the institution.
The specifications listed below are based on the minimum system requirements to install and use the software that is required for your coursework.
Students are not able to purchase a computer through Berklee. If you need to purchase an Apple laptop, please order it as soon as possible as there may be delays in shipping from Apple.
This requirement does not apply to students entering Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
If you own a MacBook Pro that meets or exceeds the requirements below and is less than three years old, it will most likely meet the technology requirement. The computer specifications below are based around the minimum system requirements for software that comes in the Core Software Package.
A small number of computers that are eligible might not meet certain requirements for technology-focused majors as system requirements for software may change without notice. You may need to upgrade your device during your stay at Berklee.
Minimum requirements for MacBook Pro
|Display||14-inch display or greater|
|Processor||Apple M1 or M2 chip|
|Memory||16GB RAM (32GB RAM is recommended)|
|Storage||512GB (1TB is recommended)|
|OS||MacOS 12.3 Ventura and greater|
You may learn more about these models on the Apple Store website.
If you need help identifying your MacBook Pro model, please visit the How to Identify MacBook Pro Models page on the Apple website.
If you are purchasing outside the U.S., note that Apple has specific commerce restrictions for Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Official information from Apple on global trade compliance and global sales restrictions can be found on Apple's website. Restrictions in other countries or regions may exist. Berklee is not responsible for third-party company policies or global commerce restrictions.
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