University Technology

Student Computer Recommendations

The following recommendations are for students only. Recommendations for employees can be found under Faculty/Staff Resources.

University Technology recommends the following minimum requirements for student-owned computers brought to campus. The uTech Support Center has certified Apple and Dell technicians on staff that can repair or assist with all Dell and Apple general repair needs .

Already Own a Computer?

We recommend that all computers* (laptops/notebooks and desktop computers) have the following minimum specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or higher
  • RAM: 8 GB (Mac and PC)
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Optical Drive: CD-ROM or DVD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.13
  • Video Card: OnBoard (Integrated)
  • Network Card: Gigabit Ethernet network card/adaptor
  • *Wireless Card (only if using a laptop/notebook computer): Dual Band 802.11n

Looking to Purchase a New Computer?

Discounted computers and hardware can be purchased online:

We recommend that all new computers (laptops/notebooks and desktop computers) have the following minimum specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or higher
  • RAM: 8 GB (Mac and PC)
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • Optical Drive: DVD burner (Mac: Super Drive)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.12
  • Video Card: Intel/AMD/nVidia (dedicated/discreet for laptops)
  • Network Card: Gigabit ethernet network card/adaptor
  • Wireless Card (only if using a laptop/notebook computer): Dual Band 802.11ac

**If you are taking or plan to take fully-online classes, we do not recommend Chromebooks and Windows 10S computers because they are not compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor which are used for online quizzing.

Software Recommendations

Broadcasting & Journalism Students

The Broadcasting & Journalism Department has specific computer requirements for all incoming students. Details on the computer requirements  can be located on the Department of Broadcasting & Journalism website.

Other Academic Department Requirements

Consult your specific academic department for discipline specific hardware and software needs.