Student Computer Recommendations
University-wide standard device specifications that will aid in a student's academic success at Tulane.
Tulane IT, in collaboration with Tulane's schools and departments, has developed standard computer recommendations to best support your academic success at Tulane (TU). However, some schools or departments have specific computer requirements for their degree programs.
Please contact your academic department to confirm the computer requirements for your specific degree program.
University-Wide Device Specifications & Recommendations
Tablets/iPads/Chromebooks* are not recommended as a primary computing device.
These devices are great secondary devices for video conferencing, notetaking, web browsing, email, and on-the-go communication.
*Chromebooks are incompatible to most TU software applications.
Below is a list of the university-wide device specifications and recommendations.
3-2-1 backup strategy recommended which includes use of an external hard drive.
Operating System (OS)
We only support OSs for which the vendor is currently providing security patches and updates.
Screen Size and Resolution
Integrated or distinctly attached to the system board.
Intel i5 processor
AMD A10, Ryzen 5
256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
500 GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
Microsoft Windows 10
Minimum 13-inch; 1920x1080 resolution
Wireless or Wired
Headphones, Microphone, Web Camera and Bluetooth
3-year accidental damage coverage, which covers more than manufacturer defects
Any current generation Intel-Core i5 processor
AMD processors are comparable in performance to Intel
Apple M1 chip is the new standard for MacBook Pro
More RAM allows you to run more demanding apps or use apps simultaneously without slowing down the computer.
Solid state drives (SSD) are much faster than mechanical hard disk drives (HDD), but usually have less storage capacity compared to HDD in the same price range. Unless you have a great number of files or need to store large files (i.e. movies, large pictures, high quality audio files, CAD files, etc.), choosing the faster SSD will make your computer more responsive. To conserve space on a smaller SSD, you can use an external hard drive or cloud storage such as Box or OneDrive to store large files. Log in to your free TU account using your TU credentials.
Latest release and two prior releases. Apple provides version updates once a year and typically supports the three most recent with patches.
Minimum recommendation for laptops. A larger screen impacts portability and battery life but displays more information and increases legibility. A greater resolution provides a sharper display, text and images, providing more detail and less blurring.
Integrated graphics cost less and are sufficient for general computing.
A dedicated graphics card is frequently included on workstation computers because they can improve the speed of rendering or modeling applications, as well as provide additional processing power for specialized applications.
Most wireless adapters from the last 10 years will be compatible with Tulane’s access points. If your computer does not come with a wired Ethernet port, we recommend purchasing a wired network adapter. Wired network connections offer greater stability and faster speed than wireless, specifically inside residence halls.
Laptops generally have a built-in webcam, microphone and speakers. If your device does not include these features, then an external USB camera, microphone and speakers will be necessary.
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If you have declared a major or enrolled in a specific degree program, contact your school for their computer and software specifications. Some programs have listed specifications on their website.
School of Science and Engineering
Purchase a device from TU’s Technology Connection.
Our on-campus technology store carries a wide range of Apple and Dell computers at educational prices that meet the standard student recommendations. Visit Technology Connection online, email email@example.com or stop by the store (Room 104 in the Lavin-Bernick Center) to consult with a team member on the best computer for your specific needs.
Need to repair your device?
Technology Connection provides on-campus repair services for Apple and Dell devices, and they offer a Student Repair Loaner Program.
Apply for the IT laptop loaner program.
Only for short-term (by semester) laptop replacement scenarios. This program is not designed to replace your damaged laptop for the remainder of your time at Tulane.
Student may connect their personal computers, tablets, smartphones and other internet devices to Tulane’s authenticated wireless internet network, Eduroam. This wireless network allows students to seamlessly stay connected on all Tulane campuses.
- Students should connect to Eduroam using an ethernet cable when in their residence halls to maintain maximum internet speeds and minimize connection disruptions.
- Set up Eduroam on your devices PRIOR to your arrival on campus, so you can minimize your to-do list and start connecting immediately.
Most of TU's enterprise software applications (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Apps) and the recommended devices listed above offer standard accessibility features for employees and students with disabilities. However, these basic standards may not be enough for an individual to easily, comfortably, and successfully navigate their academic and social experience at Tulane.
To request accommodations or learn more about what's available to you, visit the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility.