Computer Recommendations

In order to satisfy Institute-specific requirements regarding space efficiency, low power consumption, and portability, cadets are only authorized to bring laptop computers with them to VMI. Purchasing IT-approved, recommended laptop models will ensure prompt priority support and quick turn-around time for any parts ordered.

All cadets benefit from the Institute's Microsoft Campus Agreement, which allows cadets to used VMI-licensed Microsoft Windows and Office software on their laptops at no cost.

The Barracks IT Help Desk is the central location for technical support for cadets. The Help Desk provides answers to technical questions, lost password assistance, troubleshooting, and repair for all cadet-owned computers. The Barracks Help Desk is open from Monday through Friday.

VMI has furnished over 200 public computers for cadet use in its academic buildings, including the Barracks Study Room, a computer lab in the barracks (adjacent to the Barracks Help Desk) that is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Barracks rooms are configured to allow cadets access to the VMI network and the Internet via a wired connection only. VMI IT is expanding wireless connectivity throughout Post, but wireless coverage is not currently provided inside the Barracks.

Recommended Notebooks 

Computers operating on the VMI LAN must contain a Network Interface Card (NIC). Equipment not meeting the recommended requirements will be given low priority and placed on the service list below any cadet with supported equipment or software.

Listed on the Dell and Apple websites are the currently recommended notebooks.  This recommendation in no way implies that the systems are without fault or even that they are the best systems on the market at this time.  You have the opportunity to customize your laptop according to your needs.

For further information or assistance in ordering a laptop, contact the Barracks Help Desk at (540) 464-7643 or email

The Dell laptop has a 4-year on-site warranty and Apple laptop has an AppleCare Protection Plan which is recommended by IT. With the Dell onsite coverage, the laptop can be worked on at VMI, by our certified Dell technician.  

When purchasing a recommended model, a loaner laptop is available to users who experience equipment issues.

Microsoft Campus Agreement before proceeding to the Dell or Apple website.

Dell laptop 

Apple laptop 

AppleCare Protection Plan.