NJIT Undergraduate Computing Requirement
NJIT is a computing intensive university. Since access to a personal computer is essential for successful
completion of an NJIT degree program, the university requires all incoming undergraduates to have access
to a computer in their places of residence. Freshmen and transfers entering the New Jersey School of
Architecture or College of Art and Design have more specific requirements. Although NJIT provides a large
number of public computing facilities on campus, students without access at their places of residence may not have
sufficient time to complete class assignments or take advantage of the many technology resources available to
members of the NJIT community
· The university annually establishes baseline specifications for each entering class and several
recommended configurations of desktop and notebook computer models (all are currently Windows-based
· Transfer students are subject to the requirement in place for the class level into which they enter.
· Students are encouraged to purchase one of the recommended configurations available through our partnered
vendor, complete with NJIT-provided software pre-installed.
· Special academic and volume pricing makes these models available at significant discounts.
· If you already own or have access to a computer that meets or exceeds university baseline specifications, you
may use that computer for your coursework. However, you may need to upgrade that computer or purchase a
newer model before you complete your degree requirements.
Every NJIT student is provided a software bundle that includes the most frequently used software including
Microsoft products, virus protection, programming, design, and utilities. The list of current offerings is
. The retail value of this bundle is in excess of $2,000. Please note
that since the cost of a computer is an educational expense, it can be included in your calculation for financial aid
For additional computer requirement information, including information regarding the computers currently offered
through NJIT's partnered vendor, please visit
. (You may also visit NJIT's home page
and choose Offices & Services, then the letter "C" from the A to Z Site Index, then choose Computer
Public Computing Labs
Academic Computing Facility (Student Mall,
Library Information Commons
Library Main Floor)
(GITC 2302, 2305, 2315 & 2400)
Center for Academic and Professional
Enrichment (Kupfrian Hall, Room 200)
Campus Center (Basement, Room B90)
The labs listed require an
account for authentication.
hours of operation
Specialized Computer Labs
Aside from the public computing labs, NJIT has
several labs designated for research and specialized
use. Information about these labs are provided by the
academic departments that maintain them.
Detailed computing information can be found 24
hours, 7 days a week via the web.
Information Services and Technology Website -
Computing Helpdesk Website -
Intelliresponse- Available on the IST Home Page
Phone - (973) 596-2900
Monday - Friday, 8am - 7pm.
Student Mall Room 48, Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm.
Helpdesk Online Service Request
Responses will be sent via e-mail within 1 business
NJIT owned computers or peripherals are maintained
by the Computer Maintenance Facility (CMF).
for further details.
Models purchased through the NJIT-DELL program
which are under warranty may be repaired in the CMF
facility or directly through DELL
School of Architecture and Art + Design Degree Program Computing Requirements
Freshmen and transfer students entering either the School of Architecture or School of Art + Design are required to
purchase a specific desktop model and keep it in the studio. Students entering the Art and Design Degree Program
will purchase a machine prior to the start of their sophomore year, and should wait for the computer specifications
for that fall semester. Students are assigned a personal desk with lockable storage space. Studio access is
available 24 hours per day. Additional information for students entering the School of Architecture or students in the
Art and Design Degree Program is available at the NJIT Computer Requirement site:
Academic Windows is the primary Microsoft Windows environment for students. You need an Academic Windows
account to use PCs in any of the public computing labs. Your UCID will be the Academic Windows username.
However, Academic Windows passwords are maintained separately from the UCID password. The Academic
Windows environment provides access to a large library of Windows based software.
For additional Academic
Windows information, including printing, please visit
Highlander AFS is the primary UNIX environment at NJIT. Highlander AFS, NJIT's implementation of the Andrew
File System (AFS) is a distributed computing environment comprised of multiple file and database servers and
several hundred UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh client computers. Highlander AFS provides a very broad spectrum
of both commercial and open source application software, compilers, and utilities.
The GITC 2315C computer lab houses 35 Sun Microsystems SunBlade 1000 workstations that are available to all
AFS users. These AFS clients are named sunlab1.njit.edu through sunlab36.njit.edu. Remote AFS access is
provided by establishing a secure shell session into an AFS client. This feature will give you access to all of the
services provided by AFS as well as the files in your personal storage space from a remote location, such as home
· Storage Space
Each student receives 125 MB of Highlander AFS disk space, which is backed up weekly. Your AFS disk space
can be accessed using the AFS client.
· Web Pages
All personal web pages are stored on Highlander AFS.
is the web server for AFS. All
Highlander AFS users can create a website on AFS. Once your Highlander AFS account is configured for web
hosting, it will have a URL in the form:
. Java programs, PHP, JSP, and MySQL
are currently supported. Students can also run CGI scripts from their AFS account. You can also use NJIT's
Google webspace. Visit
· Highlander AFS Access
All Windows PCs in the public computing sites on campus will be able to provide direct access to your
Highlander AFS files. This will give you direct drag and drop support for your AFS directory without using a sFTP
Quick Reference Links
Registering for Classes
Virtual Private Network (VPN) Questions
NJIT Virus Protection Center
Career Development Services On-line
Student Computer Purchases
Academic Computing Services, Feb. 2011