During your time at UConn, you will need adequate technology that enables you to fully access resources at the University and effectively participate in your courses, whether they are online or on-site. This article covers recommended system requirements for computers and suggests additional equipment that may be useful.

If you have declared a major, you may consider checking with the department or school to see if it requires specific computer configurations. 


You will need computer, preferably portable, that can run the latest version of Windows or MacOS. It should also meet the minimum device requirements listed below.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5; i7 or Ryzen 7 preferred
  • Memory: At least 8 GB of RAM; 16 GB preferred
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB solid state (SSD) hard drive; 512 GB preferred
  • Wireless networking adapter
  • Camera and microphone

The UConn Bookstore sells computers that meet the recommended specifications. Make sure to ask before purchasing if the computer meets the University’s requirements.

Chromebooks do not meet the minimum requirements, but with an extension they can now work with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Accessories & Peripherals

Printers: The Wepa student print service is available to all students. Students may bring personal printers to keep in their dorm rooms. Make sure to bring a printer cable to connect it to your computer.

Headsets: Earphone/microphone headsets have better audio and microphones than some computers. They can improve your experience participating in synchronous online courses. 


Internet: UConn has wireless services (WiFi) available in every building on campus and in some outdoor areas. Ethernet jacks are available in buildings around campus, and there is at least one jack in every dorm room. To plug into the data jack, you will need an Ethernet cable (at least 25 feet). If you need more ports, you can borrow a network switch from the Technology Support Center. Note: Personal WiFi routers are not permitted in dorm rooms.

Software: You can download or access online university-licensed software by going to software.uconn.edu.

Students can download Microsoft Office for use on up to five personal devices for free through their Office 365 subscription. 

Web Browser: You will access many of our systems via a web browser, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Make sure to keep your web browser up-to-date. The newer versions provide you with the most current protection against security threats. You need a modern and up-to-date web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Loaner Devices

Technology loans for students

ITS will loan students who need a device for courses an iPad for a semester. Students may also borrow a Windows laptop for one week, with the option to extend the loan for an additional week while their device is being repaired or replaced.*

*Subject to availability.

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