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Laptop Standards

College of Medicine Student Laptop Requirements 2015-2016


The College of Medicine (COM) requires that all incoming medical students purchase a portable or laptop computer. Our buildings are all wireless-enabled, and you will be able to access your campus email, student-related information, course materials, and other important web-based resources at any time using your laptop. To ensure compatibility with the existing campus technology infrastructure, the College has identified hardware and software standards for student laptops (see below). Students must bring to campus a laptop that meets or exceeds these standards. Students with laptops that do not meet the minimum standards will receive limited software support by the College. IT will not be able to offer hardware support or repair for any student-owned laptops.

Please note that the College of Medicine laptop hardware and software standards are different from university standards.

It is imperative that you adhere to the College of Medicine standards.



**Please note that you will be required to have a working pair of ear buds for testing purposes.

Students who need to purchase software may be able to do so through Compusult (  or 1-800-992-6058). Compusult is a local software retail company located two blocks from the college that offers students discounted prices.

PC Hardware Minimum Standards

  • i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 4GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 8 GB recommended)
  • 200GB Hard Drive
  • Graphics card with 256MB memory (or higher)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive

PC Software Minimum Standards

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional or 2013 Professional
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Viewer
  • Virus protection software
  • Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • DVD player software

Mac Hardware Minimum Standards

  • i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 4GB RAM memory
  • 200GB Hard Drive
  • Graphics card with 256MB memory (or higher)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive

Mac Software Minimum Standards

  • Quicktime
  • OS X Mavericks or Yosemite
  • Office 2011 Business Edition (at Compusult, this may not be referred to as the Business Edition; however the software available at Compusult is sufficient)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Viewer
  • Virus protection software

Additional Recommendations

  • Virus scan software: 
Virus protection software is provided to MUSC students at no cost. This software is System Center EndPoint Protection for Windows and Mac computers.
  • Web browsers: All computers should have the most current versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox
  • Media Player: All PC computers should have the latest Windows Media Player


Vendors: the following vendors offer discounts to MUSC students

Lenovo web site for students, faculty and staff:

Dell web site for students, faculty, and staff:

or 866-914-6081
Member ID: HS11127993


Recommend going to the Apple store on King Street w/ID Badge



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