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Purchasing a new computer?

Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Research the coursework for your field of study and determine what types of software you will need to run.
  • If these tasks comprise the entirety of your computing needs, see the recommended minimum spec sheet below. It has been crafted for your tasks. Expect to pay ~$600 for a new PC with these specs; ~$1200 for a new Mac with the same.
    • A basic software stack for students includes a web browser with around dozen tabs open + several documents in Microsoft Office. Distance students will likely use the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Zoom desktop apps for Webmeetings.
  • Using a search engine, enter: “Recommended laptop specifications for <your task> <current year>”.
  • Before purchasing software to along with your new computer, check to see if there are free or discounted student versions available.
    • The university provides free Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) to all active students!
Computer Hardware and You

Recommended tech specs

A set of baseline specifications which should suffice for the tasks mentioned above:

Operating System (OS) Windows 10 or macOS (latest feature update available). Please note that Chromebooks and iPads do not support the software required for many UAS classes.
Processor Intel Core i5 8th generation, AMD Ryzen 3, or equivalent.
Memory (RAM) Minimum 8GB. More RAM = more browser tabs, office documents, or other apps running simultaneously.
Storage SSD (solid-state) drive of at least 256GB.
Battery 8 hours as advertised; actual battery life is usually about ⅔ of this.


Resolution of 1920x1080 or higher.


3 years+.

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