A computer is considered essential for study at VCU and personal ownership of a computer is required for enrolled students. Some programs require students to bring laptop computers to class. However, iPads, netbooks, Chromebooks, Android-based tablets, eReaders, and other similar devices may not be able to run the software needed in some classes and may not be suitable as a student’s primary computer. Additionally, a Microsoft Surface Pro or newer may not be sufficient for all classes. Students are advised to contact their school for program-specific computing requirements.
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 10, or macOS 10.14*
- an Ethernet port or adaptor and WiFi
Also strongly encouraged:
Minimum computer requirements for new students
View all General Requirements by School.