UB Student Computer Standards

We recommend Windows or Apple laptops or computers for academic coursework. Tablets or smartphones are also helpful for on-the-go note-taking and messaging.

At this time, UB does not support or recommend purchase or use of a Chromebook.

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Check with your department or school

Some schools, including the following, have their own computer standards. Speak with them before making a purchase: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), School of Architecture and Planning, School of Social Work, Graduate School of Education

Minimum Recommendations: Windows Computers

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  • Memory:
    • Minimum 8GB
    • Recommended: 16GB   
  • Hard Drive:
    • Minimum 256GB
    • Recommended: 512GB
  • Network Port: Ethernet port
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Webcam: Essential
  • Headphones/earphones: Recommended

Buy a New Computer

  • Memory:
    • Minimum: 8GB
    • Recommended: 16GB
  • Hard Drive:
    • Minimum: solid state 256GB
    • Recommended: 512GB
  • Network Port: 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port OR USB to Ethernet adapter (optional)
  • Wireless: 802.11ac
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Webcam: Essential
  • Headphones/earphones: Recommended

(Standards last updated January 22, 2021)

Minimum Recommendations: Macintosh Computers

Check Your Current Computer

  • Memory:
    • Minimum 8GB
    • Recommended 16GB   
  • Hard Drive:
    • Minimum 256GB
    • Recommended 512GB
  • Network Port: Ethernet Port
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • OS: Minimum Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Webcam: Essential
  • Headphones/earphones: Recommended

Buy a New Computer

  • Memory:
    • Minimum: 8GB (RAM cannot be upgraded after purchase)
    • Recommended: 16GB
  • Hard Drive:
    • Minimum: solid state 256GB
    • Recommended: 512GB
  • Network Port: Purchase an appropriate adapter (optional)
  • Wireless: 802.11ac
  • OS: Minimum Mac OS 10.16 (Big Sur)
  • Webcam: Essential
  • Headphones/earphones: Recommended

(Standards last updated January 22, 2021)

Internet Bandwidth Recommendations

UB uses a variety of collaboration and conferencing tools. To ensure adequate access to these tools, UBIT strongly recommends following Zoom’s minimum Internet bandwidth requirements.

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