Student Computer Hardware/Software Recommendations

For students, our recommendations and minimum system requirements are meant to provide general guidelines. If you have declared a major, we recommend checking with the department to see if it requires specific computer configurations.

Recommended configuration

Processor Intel Core i5 (sixth generation or newer) or equivalent
RAM 8 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD / 500 GB HDD
Display Size 14″ or larger LCD
OS Windows 10 x64
Networking Integrated 802.11ac wireless adapter
Other External drive for backups, built-in or external webcam, antivirus software

 
Minimum required configuration

Processor Intel Core i3 (sixth generation or newer) or equivalent
RAM 4 GB
Storage 128 GB SSD / 500 GB HDD
Display Size 13″ LCD
OS Windows 10 x64
Networking Integrated 802.11ac wireless adapter
Other External drive for backups, built-in or external webcam, antivirus software

 

Mac Computers

Any recent Macbook (2015 or newer) will also suffice.

Additional Information

  • UCA utilizes a campus-wide wireless network. This allows for internet access from most locations on campus. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this connectivity with mobile computers.
  • Routers, wireless access points and other student provided networking devices are not authorized since they frequently interfere with others’ use of the campus network.