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, eReaders and other similar devices are not suitable for a student’s primary computer.

Additionally, a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or newer may be suitable in some, but not all classes.

If bringing a computer you already own:

  • It should not be more than two years old
  • Have at least 8GB of RAM
  • Have at least one USB port and WiFi

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

  • 8GB RAM
  • Have an i5 or greater/equivalent CPU
  • Windows 8.1, or macOS 10.11*
  • an Ethernet port and WiFi

Also strongly encouraged:

  • Include an accidental damage protection warranty More Info
  • Consider a SSD hard drive for better system battery life and performance
  • Purchase your computer through RamTech for the best support and service


Minimum computer requirements for new students

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