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Computer Requirements

The IU School of Medicine requires the use of several computer programs and web-based applications for educational purposes. To use these applications, students must ensure that personal computers for medical education meet the minimum requirements. For existing computers, ensure that the computer meets the minimum requirements in the list below. If purchasing a new computer, it is strongly recommended that the computer meets the optimal requirements.

A note about tablet computers: While tablet computers may be used for general and personal reasons, they do not meet the minimum requirements for all systems used at IUSM. For portability, a laptop is necessary for medical education course work.

A note about campus or department applications: The requirements below are based on applications that are used in IUSM courses statewide. Campuses or departments might make use of other computer programs or web-based applications. Be sure to check with your campus for any other requirements.

Minimum computer requirements

If bringing a previously purchased computer to IUSM, these are the minimum computer requirements:

  • Windows
    • Laptop
    • Operating System: Windows 7 (NOTE: Windows 10 is not currently supported)
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard drive: 64GB
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Screen: 10.6" at 1024x768 resolution
    • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11b/g
    • Browser version: Chrome 38, Firefox 33, Internet Explorer 10
  • Mac
    • Laptop
    • Operating System: OS X 10.8 (NOTE: El Capitan is not currently supported)
    • Intel processor
    • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11b/g
    • Browser version: Chrome 38, Firefox 33

Optimal computer requirements

If purchasing a new computer to bring to IUSM, these are the optimal computer requirements:

  • Windows
    • Laptop
    • Operating System: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (NOTE: Windows 10 is not currently supported)
    • Memory: 4GB min
    • Hard drive: 320GB+
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Screen: 13" min
    • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11a/b/g/n
    • Browser version: Newest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer
  • Mac
    • Laptop
    • Operating System: OS X 10.8 (NOTE: El Capitan is not currently supported)
    • Processor: Any currently shipping Apple laptop or desktop
    • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11a/b/g/n
    • Browser version: Newest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explore

Hardware deals by vendor

As an IU student, you have access to discounted hardware. See https://kb.iu.edu/d/antk#deals.

An IU Network ID is required on some sites in order to view discounted prices.

Software considerations

(From https://kb.iu.edu/d/antk)

Do 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.

As an IU student, you are eligible for free downloads of many software packages, including those offered by Adobe and Microsoft, as well as antivirus products. For more, see http://iuware.iu.edu/. You do not need to purchase any Microsoft packages (such as "trial" or "student edition" versions).

Additionally, as a student, you may use IUanyWare to run Windows software virtually on your Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or BlackBerry device, without the need for downloading.

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