Software and Programs

  • Available using Cal Poly ITS Virtual Computer Labs

  • Or you can install using these steps:
    • Visit your portal: my.calpoly.edu 
    • Choose Technical Service Requests on the left-hand menu
    • Choose Software
    • Choose New
  • Available using Cal Poly ITS Virtual Computer Labs
  • Or you can install using these steps:
    • Visit your portal: my.calpoly.edu 
    • Choose Technical Service Requests on the left-hand menu
    • Choose Software
    • Choose New
    • Search Solidworks 

Computers

What kind of computer should I buy?

We do not we recommend any particular brand.  We recommend a Windows PC with Windows 10 professional, i7 or equivalent processor, 16Gb ram, 500Gb SSD, and web cam.  For a list of certified graphics cards for Solidworks, visit the Solidworks website.

DELL provides a student discount on the Cal Poly Dell website and Hewlett Packard provides discounts on their website.

Financial Support

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to afford the technology you need to be academically successful, you can apply for Cal Poly Cares | Basic Needs Initiative for assistance. Cal Poly Cares is available to any Cal Poly student, including students who are not federal Title IV eligible such as international and undocumented students.

Cal Poly is committed to creating an environment for all students to reach their full potential and thrive.