Recommended and Minimum Hardware Configurations for Students

The ITS Help Desk does not make any specific recommendations regarding your choice of Mac or PC computers. Depending on the software required for some courses, Mac users should be prepared to run VMWare so that they can run a Windows operating system. The Windows OS is available at no cost through DreamSpark.

Students should also check with their school or department to determine if there are additional requirements for their course of study. Below are links to schools and/or departments that have suggested Computer Standards.

  • Business Majors, School of Management: https://myusf.usfca.edu/studentstandards/business-majors
  • Recommended Configuration

    The information below provides the minimum and recommended hardware configurations for working efficiently in the USF computing environment.Hard Drive: 240GB or larger Solid State DriveMemory: 8GB RAM or greaterProcessor: Intel Core i5 or i7 processorNetwork: 802.11n 2.4Ghz AND 5Ghz

    Minimum Configuration

    Hardware needs to meet at least the minimum standards summarized below. Students should also check with their school or department to determine if there are additional requirements for their course of study.Hard Drive: 120GB 5400 RPMMemory: 4 GB RAMProcessor: 2GHz or faster Intel processor, Core2Network: 802.11g 2.4Ghz wireless

    Recommended Operating Systems

    Apple OS X: 10.9.5 minimum, 10.11.x [or latest OS version] recommended.Microsoft Windows: Windows 8.1 (64 bit) minimum, Windows 10 recommended.

    USF Special Purchasing Programs for Students

    Dell- Student DiscountsApple- Bookstore Specials