Laptop Required Programs

Students in Southeast Tech Laptop Required programs are required to purchase a laptop through Southeast Tech. These programs require the use of a high-end laptop and software. The laptop that you purchase will be based on your major. 

Laptop Models 2021-2022

Backpack included with all new laptop purchases.


HP ZBook Firefly G8

For Students in Southeast Tech Laptop required programs in Engineering Technology and Mechatronics.

HP ProBook 455 G8

For Students in Southeast Tech Laptop required programs in Information Technology.

MacBook Pro

For Students in Digital Media Production Technology and Media Design Technology.


Intel 11th Generation Core i5-1135G7

AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

Intel 9th Generation Core i7


16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 3200

16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 3200

16GB DDR4 2666

Hard Drive



512 GB SSD


3 Cell 56 WHr Long Life Battery (supports HP Fast Charging)

3 Cell 45 WHr Long Life Battery

Built-in Lithium-Polymer – 100 Watt Hour


Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 with Bluetooth

Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 with Bluetooth

802.11 AC with Bluetooth

Video Card

NVIDIA T500 (4 GB GDDR5 memory)

Integrated Radeon Graphics

AMD Radeon Pro 5300M (4GB of GDDR6 memory)


15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)

15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)

16” Retina Display


Three-year parts and labor with limited accidental damage protection. Batteries have a 3-year warranty from the purchase date from HP.

Three-year parts and labor with limited accidental damage protection. Batteries have a 3-year warranty from the purchase date from HP.

Three-year parts and labor without accidental damage. Batteries have a 3-year warranty from the purchase date from Apple.






  • Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology*
  • Land Surveying Science Technology*
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology*
  • Computer Technician
  • Information Technology Security*
  • Network Administrator*
  • System Administrator*
  • Mechatronics Technology*
  • Digital Media Production Technology
  • Media Design Technology

*All students receiving Build Dakota Scholarships will be required to purchase a Southeast Tech laptop appropriate for their program. This cost is paid as part of the scholarship.

Purchasing your Southeast Tech Laptop

Incoming students in Southeast Tech Laptop Required programs will be automatically billed for the laptop needed for their major. The full purchase price of the laptop will be billed in the first semester, and any excess Financial Aid a student has received will be applied to the cost of the laptop. Students will receive their Southeast Tech laptops at JumpStart. The laptop will be pre-configured to include the software necessary for the student’s selected major. If a student is starting classes in the summer, they will be able to bring their own laptop for the summer term or rent a laptop for the summer from Southeast Tech. New laptops are unavailable for purchase for the summer term.

Warranty and Support Information

Southeast Tech laptops come with a 3 year manufacturer warranty to cover parts and labor in case of manufacturer defect or mechanical failure. During the 3 year period, the IT Support Center will provide complete hardware warranty support for the original purchaser of laptops purchased through Southeast Tech, regardless of current enrollment status. Students are responsible for repair charges not covered under the manufacturer warranty.

While a student is enrolled, the IT Support Center will also provide full software support including virus and malware removal. After a student graduates or terminates enrollment, limited software support is available. This includes reloading original software from the manufacturer or assisting with updated driver installations. 

Loaner laptops are available free of charge for currently enrolled Southeast Tech students while their laptop is at the IT Support Center for service.

Lost or Stolen Laptops

A stolen laptop is a criminal offense and must be reported to law enforcement and the Southeast Tech IT Support Center immediately. The IT Support Center will provide the serial number and model to a student whose laptop has been stolen. Students will be required to complete a theft report with the police department. The report number and police department the report was filed with must be provided to the Southeast Tech IT Support Center. Students will be responsible for any remaining payments under the Conditional Sales Agreement, and will also need to work with their instructors and the IT Support Center to ensure that they still meet the requirements of their program. Since loss and theft are not covered under the manufacturer warranty, Southeast Tech highly recommends that students insure their laptop against loss or theft, which can usually be done through a homeowner's or renter's insurance policy.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No. Students purchasing a Southeast Tech laptop will complete a Conditional Sales Agreement. This is the best way to address software license requirements for student laptops. Southeast Tech enters into license agreements with software vendors to provide software access for our students. The agreements allow access to the software at a rate that is far below what students would pay if they purchased the software on their own. Under the software license agreements, software must be installed on a computer owned by Southeast Tech. For this reason, the conditional sales agreement specifies that ownership of the laptop remains with Southeast Tech until the conditions of the contract are met.

No, the laptop cannot be returned unless the student drops all their courses during the initial add/drop period for the term in which they purchased the laptop. In that case, the student must return the laptop in like-new condition prior to the end of the add/drop period with all discs, manuals, and accessories. If a student terminates enrollment or withdraws after the initial add/drop period, they must contact the Southeast Tech IT Support Center to have Southeast Tech licensed software removed per the terms of the Conditional Sales Agreement.

No. Students must contact the Southeast Tech IT Support Center per the terms of the Conditional Sales Agreement to remove Southeast Tech licensed software and to complete the official bill of sale to transfer ownership of the laptop to the student. The original operating system that the laptop had when received from the manufacturer will remain. Students will have 2 weeks after their last class to have Southeast Tech software removed. If the software is not removed, a hold will be placed on the student's account and they will be contacted to make arrangements to remove the software before it deactivates.m.

If you are the original owner of the laptop purchased from Southeast Tech, the laptop is still under warranty, and the laptop is currently supported for use in your program, Southeast Tech will install program-specific software as needed.  

No. Students who are enrolled in less than six credits at Southeast Tech are not required to purchase a laptop, even if they are in a Southeast Tech Laptop Required program. The student will need to determine their individual needs in order to meet their course requirements. Depending on the course, the student may choose to rent a Southeast Tech laptop for the semester.

Yes. However, all students enrolled in a Southeast Tech Laptop Required program will be charged automatically and will receive a Southeast Tech laptop. Southeast Tech's laptops will provide access to all necessary program software and be pre-configured based on the student's major. Southeast Tech's licensed software cannot be installed on a laptop not purchased directly through Southeast Tech.