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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

  CHECK YOUR CURRENT COMPUTER BUY A NEW COMPUTER
Memory Minimum 4 GB 8 GB or more
Hard Drive Minimum 500 GB 500 GB
Media DVD +/- RW DVD +/- RW drive (optional)
Network Port
Ethernet port

100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port

or

USB to Ethernet adapter (optional)                                       

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n 802.11ac
OS Windows 7 (64 bit) Windows 10 (64 bit)
Webcam Optional Required

(Standards last updated January 26, 2017)

Minimum Recommendations: Macintosh Computers

  CHECK YOUR CURRENT COMPUTER BUY A NEW COMPUTER
Memory Minimum 4 GB 8 GB (RAM cannot be upgraded after purchase)
Hard Drive Minimum 500 GB 500 GB
Media DVD +/- RW Apple USB Super Drive
(USB-C to USB adapter needed for MacBook and MacBook Pro)
Network Port
Ethernet port Purchase an appropriate adapter (optional)
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n 802.11ac
OS Minimum Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
Webcam Optional 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.

What Do I Need?

Laptop or desktop? Do you need a printer? What do you need if you'll live on campus?  See Technology to Bring.

See Also

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