Laptop Computer

All IU School of Medicine first- and second-year medical students are required to have a personal laptop for classroom purposes. Note regarding tablet computers: While tablet computers may be used for general and personal tasks, they do not meet the minimum requirements for all systems used at IU School of Medicine. For portability, a laptop is necessary for medical education course work.

Several computer programs and web-based applications are required for medical education. To use these applications, students must ensure that personal laptops for education meet the minimum requirements. For existing laptops, ensure that the computer meets the minimum requirements in the list below. If purchasing a new laptop, it is strongly recommended that the computer meets the optimal requirements. These requirements are based on applications used in IU School of Medicine courses statewide. Campuses or departments might make use of other computer programs or web-based applications. Be sure to check with campus contacts and academic instructors for any other requirements.

Minimum Computer Requirements

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Windows

  • Laptop.
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Hard drive: 128 SSD or 500GB.
  • Processor: i5 (any generation) with 2.0 GHz+.
  • Screen: 13″.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n.
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.

Mac

  • Laptop.
  • Operating System: OS X 10.10.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Hard drive: 128 SSD or 500 GB.
  • Processor: i5 (any generation) with 2.0 GHz+.
  • Screen: 13”.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n.
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari

Optimal Computer Requirements

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Windows

  • Laptop.
  • Operating System: 10 Education (free from IUWare)
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 16GB+.
  • Hard drive: 256 SSD+.
  • Processor: i5 sixth generation+ or i7.
  • Screen: 15.6”+.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n/ac (dual band)
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.

Mac

  • Operating System: OS X 10.12.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 16GB.
  • Hard drive: 256 SSD+.
  • Processor: i5 sixth generation+ or i7.
  • Screen: 15.6”+.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n/ac (dual band)
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari.

Hardware Deals by Vendor

IU School of Medicine students have access to discounted hardware.

An IU Network ID is required on some sites in order to view discounted prices. Students should not unnecessarily order software from vendor sites when purchasing hardware, as many products are available as free downloads to IU students, faculty, and staff via IUware, and on disc at campus bookstores.

IU School of Medicine Student Access to Software

IU School of Medicine students are eligible for free downloads of many software packages, including those offered by Adobe and Microsoft, as well as antivirus products at IUWare. For more, see . Medical students do not need to purchase any Microsoft packages (such as a trial version or student edition).