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UB Student Computer Standards

Evaluate your current or next computer. We recommend bringing a laptop computer. Laptops are the most versatile device to support all aspects of student life at UB. Alternatively, students can also bring a combination of devices, such as a tablet or smartphone and a desktop computer.

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Minimum Recommendations: Windows Computers

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  • Memory: Minimum 4GB
  • Hard Drive: Minimum 500GB
  • Media: DVD +/- RW drive (optional)
  • Network Port: Ethernet port
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Webcam: Optional

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  • Memory: 8GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 500GB
  • Media: DVD +/- RW drive (optional)
  • Network Port: 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port OR USB to Ethernet adapter (optional)
  • Wireless: 802.11ac
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Webcam: Required

(Standards last updated January 26, 2017)

Minimum Recommendations: Macintosh Computers

Check Your Current Computer

Memory: Minimum 4GB

Hard Drive: Minimum 500GB

Media: DVD +/- RW

Network Port: Ethernet Port

Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n

OS: Minimum Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite)

Webcam: Optional

Buy a New Computer

Memory: 8GB (RAM cannot be upgraded after purchase)

Hard Drive: 500GB

Media: Apple USB Super Drive (USB-C to USB adapter needed for MacBook and MacBook Pro)

Network Port: Purchase an appropriate adapter (optional)

Wireless: 802.11ac

OS: Minimum Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)

Webcam: Required

(Standards last updated January 26, 2017)

Additional Departmental Standards for Students

Some schools and colleges have their own computer standards, including the following:

Don't see your school or department listed here? Contact them directly to see if they have additional student computer requirements.

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