Computer Requirements

All IU School of Medicine first- and second-year medical students are required to have a personal laptop for classroom purposes. Note regarding tablet computers: While tablet computers may be used for general and personal tasks, they do not meet the minimum requirements for all systems used at IU School of Medicine. For portability, a laptop is necessary for medical education course work.

Several computer programs and web-based applications are 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. These requirements are based on applications used in IU School of Medicine courses statewide. Campuses or departments might make use of other computer programs or web-based applications. Be sure to check with campus contacts and academic instructors 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

Windows

  • Laptop.
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1
  • No touch screen laptops allowed.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Hard drive: 128 SSD or 500GB.
  • Processor: i5 (any generation) with 2.0 GHz+.
  • Screen: 13″.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n.
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.

Mac

  • Laptop.
  • Operating System: OS X 10.10.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Hard drive: 128 SSD or 500 GB.
  • Processor: i5 (any generation) with 2.0 GHz+.
  • Screen: 13”.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n.
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari

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: 10 Education (free from IUWare)
  • No touch screen laptops allowed.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 16GB+.
  • Hard drive: 256 SSD+.
  • Processor: i5 sixth generation+ or i7.
  • Screen: 15.6”+.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n/ac (dual band)
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.

Mac

  • Operating System: OS X 10.12.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 16GB.
  • Hard drive: 256 SSD+.
  • Processor: i5 sixth generation+ or i7.
  • Screen: 15.6”+.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n/ac (dual band)
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari.

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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