Recommendation for Bringing a Computer to USD


I am an incoming student and have some questions regarding the computer requirements.

What are the system requirements I should have when purchasing a laptop for school?

What are the requirements for bringing my own computer to USD?


  • USD wireless network
  • Windows computers
  • Mac computers
  • Chromebooks
  • Linux computers


Some academic programs will require a laptop or tablet computer. To ensure you have a computer that will meet your academic needs, please review Medical School Laptop Purchase
Interested in a computer supported by USD?  USD Laptop Purchase
  • Purchase a new laptop at a discounted price
  • Add to Student Bill payment option available
  • Support offered by USD Certified technicians
  • If your computer is in for repair a loaner computer will be provided

Below are the requirements for connecting a computer to the campus network.

All computers must meet the minimum requirements to receive ITS assistance connecting to the USD network. If purchasing a new computer, ITS recommends exceeding those minimum requirements for optimum performance.

Requirements may change at any time. Please refer to this page before making any computer purchases.

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:
  • Operating System

    • Recommended
      • Windows 10/11 Pro
      • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or Above
    • Minimum
      • Windows 8.1 / 8.1 Pro (no longer supported beginning January 2023)
      • Windows 10/11 Home
    • Current version of Chrome OS can be used with limited support.
    • Linux is Not Supported
    • Windows 10/11 in S Mode is not supported
  • CPU

    • Recommended
      • Intel Core i-Series
      • AMD Ryzen
      • Apple M1/M2
  • Memory

    • Recommended
      • 8+ GB
  • Wireless

    • Required
      • 802.11 ac 2.4/5Ghz
  • Ethernet Adapter

    • Required
      • 100/1000 Base-T
  • Chromebooks


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