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COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Laptop Standards

College of Medicine Student Laptop Requirements 2017-2018

Overview

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.

STUDENT LAPTOP MINIMUM HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

**Please note that you will be required to have the following items for testing:

  • A working pair of ear buds (not headphones)

Software Discounts

Students can obtain Microsoft Office Professional for Mac or Windows at no or reduced cost by registering with MUSC email accounts at https://musc.onthehub.com/. Kivuto’s Basic Access Guarantee gives students 31 days to access and download software. Apply for a Campus Student License Confirmation to use the software after graduation.

Another option, office365.musc.edu

 

PC Hardware Minimum Standards

  • i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 8GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 16 GB recommended)
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive
  • Access to web camera

PC Software Minimum Standards

  • Windows 8 or Windows 10 Professional recommended
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (provided by MUSC)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Viewer
  • Virus protection software (provided by MUSC)
  • Quicktime and VLC player
  • Two web browsers (at minimum)

Mac Hardware Minimum Standards

  • i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 8GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 16 GB recommended)
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive

Mac Software Minimum Standards

  • Quicktime and VLC player
  • Two web browsers (at minimum)
  • OS X Sierra or El Capitan
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (provided by MUSC)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Virus protection software (provided by MUSC)

Students interested in purchasing a new Microsoft Windows® computer are encouraged to consider one with a Professional grade operating system and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip because these laptops include a native encryption application. All modern Mac computers include a native encryption application. Laptop models recommended on this page include those that can be ordered with these capabilities.

Suggested Laptop Models

Below are suggested laptop models for students considering the purchase of a new computer. Students assume all risk and responsibility when purchasing these models.

 
 
 
 

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