A desktop or laptop computer is considered essential for study at VCU. Personal ownership of a computer is required for enrolled students. iPad, netbooks, Chromebook, Android based tablets, Windows Surface RT, eReaders and other similar devices are not suitable for a student’s primary computer.

Additionally, a Microsoft Surface Pro may be suitable in some, but not all, situations provided you also use an external keyboard.

If bringing a computer you already own, it should not be more than two years old and at a minimum have:

  • Not more than two years old
  • Have at least 4GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium or OSX 10.8 or greater*
  • Have at least one USB port and WiFi

If you’re buying a new computer, we recommend that at a minimum it have:

  • 8GB RAM
  • Have an i5 or greater/equivalent CPU
  • Windows 8.1, or OSX 10.10*
  • an Ethernet port and WiFi
  • Strongly encouraged - have an accidental damage protection warranty More Info
  • Strongly encouraged - have an SSD hard drive for better system battery life


Minimum computer requirements for new students

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