Recommended Minimum Laptop Computer Requirements

Please contact Tech Support with any questions.  We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

Certain majors in the sciences, math and computer science, and other computer-intensive fields may need to increase the requirements listed below.  Each student should check with the department of their major field of study to determine whether a Windows computer or Macintosh is required or recommended, and for further computer requirements. 

Chromebooks do not allow the installation of software that may be required in some courses, and may not be useable.  Purchasing a Chromebook may require purchasing an additional computer for certain situations and classes.

Suggested Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements listed below would be suitable for running Microsoft Office, web browsing and other low resource use software.

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Hard drive or Solid State Drive
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 ethernet port (optional)
  • Wireless Networking: 802.11 g/n, Wireless 802.11 ac (preferred)
  • USB Ports
  • Sound card & speakers
  • Backup system for your files, such as an external hard drive, flash drive, or an online service.
    (all students have access to Microsoft OneDrive via our enterprise subscription)

When purchasing your computer, please feel free to contact Ursinus College Tech Support at 610-409-3789 or

Please Note:

Microsoft Office* - full personal installation available free of charge via web install.

Instructions for installation of MS-Office

*Microsoft Office is provided free of charge as part of our campus agreement. So, regardless of the computer you purchase, you do not need to purchase this additional software, resulting in significant cost savings.

Laptop Computers available for purchase through one of our vendors

Laptop Computer Purchase Options

List of software used and provided on campus

Available Software