Department Specs

Click on one of the departments below for a complete list of requirements for specific majors:

Art

Daniels College of Business

Dept of Computer Science

Dept of Engineering

Lamont School of Music

Sturm College of Law

 

2014 - 2015 Laptop Minimum & Recommended Specifications for Undergraduate Students

Below you will find the MINIMUM and RECOMMENDED laptop specifications for laptop computing at University of Denver. These specifications should be used as guidance when making decisions on bringing a laptop to DU.

MINIMUM specifications are for those who are choosing not to buy a new laptop and want to bring an existing one to DU.

RECOMMENDED specifications are for those who are choosing to purchase a new laptop and need guidance on which specifications to go with. Also please visit our Preferred Vendors list to the left. As a rule of thumb, if you are buying a new laptop, most, if not all, specifications will be fine. However, these guidelines will provide you with a good starting point.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY SPECIAL DEPARTMENTAL SPECS OVERRIDE THESE GENERAL MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS - YOU WILL FIND THESE DEPARTMENTAL SPECS TO THE RIGHT.

A note on Netbooks: Netbooks are becoming more popular with their low prices. If considering buying a netbook, it is advised to stay with Intel Atom processors and Windows 7. Also consider maximizing the amount of RAM and hard drive space. Netbooks are truly only suitable for basic internet browsing and word processing and are not recommended for students whose needs are above these basic functions. Please consult the special requirements for majors by the links provided above to see if netbooks are acceptable. Netbooks are NOT viable solutions for audio/video/web production & design, database work, and math/engineering applications.

Note: If deciding on purchasing a Mac, please contact your program advisor first. Business, Engineering, Mathematics & Science classes may require use of Windows only software. For example, some Accounting classes in the Business school may require you to use MS Access, which is only available in the Office suite for Windows. If you purchase a Mac and need to take these classes, you will have to install Parallels (www.parallels.com) or VMware Fusion as well as the Windows operating system & Office suite in order to load this software.

If you need assistance from the UTS Computer Help Center in installing Windows on a Macintosh computer, please allot at least 3 hours for your Help Center visit.

 

 

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WINDOWS PC

APPLE MACINTOSH

Operating
System

MINIMUM

Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate

Windows 8 or 8.1

Macintosh OS 10.6 or higher

 

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013

Microsoft Office for Mac 2008/2011

Windows Emulation Software (check with academic advisor)

N/A

Optional (check course requirement)

Parallels Desktop for Mac

(www.parallels.com)

or bootcamp (comes with macintosh OS)

Processor Type

MINIMUM

Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED

Core i7 Processor

MINIMUM

Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED

Core i7 Processor

Memory

MINIMUM

4 GB RAM
RECOMMENDED

8 GB RAM

MINIMUM

4 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED

8 GB RAM

Hard Drive

MINIMUM

250 GB

RECOMMENDED

500 GB or higher

MINIMUM

250 GB

RECOMMENDED

500 GB or higher

Graphics Card

MINIMUM

512 MB Video Memory or higher

 

MINIMUM

512 MB Video Memory or higher

Warranty

4 year parts and labor
(on-site strongly recommended)

3 year parts and labor Applecare

Insurance

Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazard (strongly recommended)

Virus and Spyware Protection Software

Symantec Antivirus is provided by the University. For software and instructions please visit www.du.edu/uts/helpdesk/newstudent.html

 

 

Recommended Accessories

External USB 2.0 (or 3.0) hard drive: Strongly recommended for data backup in case of laptop failure. Always keep a daily backup of files.

Personal Printer: For ease of printing from home. There are many public printers available on campus, but during high volume traffic times, may have wait times.
Wireless printing to a personal printer is not supported on DU's wireless network, personal printers can be used by connecting the printer and computer together via USB printer cable. 

USB Memory Storage Devices: Strongly recommended for their ease of use and ability to encrypt contents in case of lost or stolen property.

Ethernet cable: These are required for wired connections on campus. They can be bought at the bookstore.

For questions concerning hardware and software minimum specifications, please contact:

UTS Computer Help Center

303-871-4700

 

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