Hardware Recommendations

Listed below are both the requirements and recommended specifications (specs) for devices. This should act as a guide for new and current students to assess their current technological needs and determine if an upgrade to current equipment is warranted. The left hand column lists the base requirements of a device in order to ensure security and proper connectivity to the campus networks. Devices which do not meet the requirements may cause security risks for the user and the university as well as a hinderance to the students productivity.

Minimum Required Computer Specifications

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10

  • MacOS 10.14 Mojave

  • Chrome OS will support most functionality in Blackboard, but support for Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor is still in beta. Click here for more information.

Laptop Specs:

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer

  • 4GB of RAM

  • 1.1GHz processor

  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD) with 128 GB

Internet Speed:

  • Minimum of 2.5Mbps Up and 1.8Mbps Down, assuming it is not being shared. If multiple users are on the same network, a larger bandwidth will be necessary.

Mobile Device Specs:

  • iOS 7 or newer

  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) or newer

Screen Readers:

  • Use Firefox® and Jaws on a Windows® system

  • Use Safari® and Voice on a Mac system

Recommended Computer Specifications

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 (Updated to the newest version)

  • Mac OS 11 Big Sur

  • Chrome OS is not recommended by the IT department as it has limited functionality and a history of issues communicating with other devices and applications.

Laptop Specs:

  • 2 years old or newer

  • 8GB+ of RAM

  • 2GHz processor

  • Solid State Drive (SSD) with 256 GB of storage or more

Internet Speed:

  • Recommended internet speed for HD Video conferencing is 3.8Mbps Up and 3.0Mbps Down. However, speeds higher than this will reduce latency and stuttering

Mobile Device Specs:

  • iOS 13 or newer

  • Android 10 (Queen Cake) or newer

Most Online, hybrid, and dual mode courses require a webcam and microphone in order to participate in both recorded and live video conferencing. While most laptops have these integrated, external microphones and cameras can be purchased to fulfill these requirements.

Equipment that meets the above recommendations:

Disclaimer: The below products are not official recommendations to purchase, but are examples meant to guide users.