Computer Requirements

Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, all IU School of Medicine (IUSM) first and second year medical students are required to bring a personal laptop for classroom purposes.

There are several computer programs and web-based applications required for medical education. To use these applications, students must ensure that personal laptops for education meet the minimum requirements. For existing laptops, ensure that the computer meets the minimum requirements in the list below. If purchasing a new laptop, it is strongly recommended that the computer meets the optimal requirements.

The requirements below are based on applications that are used in IUSM courses statewide. Campuses or departments might make use of other computer programs or web-based applications. Be sure to check with your campus for any other requirements.

A note about tablet computers: While tablet computers may be used for general and personal reasons, they do not meet the minimum requirements for all systems used at IUSM. For portability, a laptop is necessary for medical education course work.

Minimum computer requirements

If bringing a previously purchased computer to IUSM, these are the minimum computer requirements, as of January, 2016:

Windows

  • Laptop
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise Edition
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Hard drive: 64GB
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Screen: 10.6" at 1024x768 resolution
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11b/g

Mac

  • Laptop
  • Operating System: OS X 10.9 
  • Intel processor
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11b/g

Optimal computer requirements

If purchasing a new computer to bring to IUSM, these are the optimal computer requirements, as of January, 2016:

Windows

  • Laptop
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Professional or Windows 10 Education Edition 
  • Memory: 4GB min
  • Hard drive: 320GB+
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Screen: 13" min
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth

Mac

  • Laptop
  • Operating System: OS X 10.11
  • Processor: Any currently shipping Apple laptop or desktop
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth

Hardware deals by vendor

As an IU student, you have access to discounted hardware. See https://kb.iu.edu/d/antk#deals.

An IU Network ID is required on some sites in order to view discounted prices.

Software considerations

(From https://kb.iu.edu/d/antk)

Do not unnecessarily order software from vendor sites when purchasing hardware, as many products are available as free downloads to IU students, faculty, and staff via IUware, and on disc at campus bookstores.

As an IU student, you are eligible for free downloads of many software packages, including those offered by Adobe and Microsoft, as well as antivirus products. For more, see http://iuware.iu.edu/. You do not need to purchase any Microsoft packages (such as "trial" or "student edition" versions).

Additionally, as a student, you may use IUanyWare to run Windows software virtually on your Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or BlackBerry device, without the need for downloading.

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