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Laptop Requirements

Students at the School of Informatics and Computing are required to have a personal laptop computer available for use in class. Students who already own laptops are welcome to use them in class provided the laptop has the minimum memory and operating standards required for the software used in the course.

Purchasing Hardware

Students may purchase any brand, make or model of laptop as long as it meets the recommended hardware specifications. Indiana University has discount agreements with some vendors including Apple, CDW-G, Dell and Sony.  More information on these deals can be found in the University Information Technology Services Computer Guide.

Health Information Management Majors

It is recommended that Health Information Management majors purchase a Windows PC.

Hardware Recommendations


Microsoft Windows 10 version 1607 or higher

  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor
  • RAM: 8 GB recommended


Mac OS X v10.11 or higher

  • Processor: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • RAM: 8 GB recommended

All computers (PC and Mac) should also include the following:

  • 15″ screen size is strongly recommended
  • 1280×800 display (1280×1024 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 2GB is recommended
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system
  • External mouse

In addition, it is recommended that students purchase a USB flash drive and/or portable external hard drive for back-up of data files.

Purchasing Software

As an IUPUI student, there are multiple free software packages available to you. These software packages have already been paid for by Indiana University.

Hardware and Software Support

It is the student’s responsibility to maintain their laptop in good working order for use in the classroom. Any damage and associated repairs, loss, or operating problems that may occur will be the sole responsibility of the student. Students must have their laptop repaired as needed at their own expense, or secure another unit meeting minimum hardware and software requirements on which they can work.

Late work, lost data and other such problems due to any incident associated with a student’s laptop will not be accepted by instructors. Students are advised to backup their digital files in multiple formats so all data can easily be transferred to another computer if needed.

Students are also advised to purchase laptops only from reputable vendors with good warranty programs and a proven record of quality service. We recommend that students strongly consider purchasing extended warranty and service plans.

Purchasing a Computer and Financial Aid

Office of Student Financial Aid Services

Updated July 1, 2018