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Hamline University Computer Recommendations

The following computer specifications are recommended for undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that Hamline University School of Law requires all law students to have a computer The Law School 2012-2013 computer requirements and recommended system guidelines is now available. For further information, please visit Law admitted students.

Recommended Computer Specifications

The following computer equipment recommendations represent what we consider to be the ideal system configuration for a computer that is expected to support a student through a full 4 year degree program. It is also our recommended configuration for students taking academic programs that are computer intensive in nature. These recommendations are necessarily high end so feel free to adjust downwards towards the minimum computer requirements listed below if you so desire.

If you are running Microsoft Windows 7 or newer we recommend: 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5.
  • Memory: 4GB.
  • Hard Disk: 250GB 7200rpm SATA or larger.
  • Network: 10/100 ethernet and/or wireless 802.11 a/n (recommended) 802.11 b/g (supported)
  • Optical Drive: DVD / RW
  • Note: Windows 8 is not fully supported at this time

If you are running Macintosh OS-X we recommend:

  • CPU : 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5.
  • Memory : 4GB.
  • Hard Disk : 500GB or larger.
  • Network : 10/100 ethernet and/or wireless 802.11 a/n (recommended) 802.11 b/g (supported).
  • Optical Drive: 8x SuperDrive.
  • Note: only OSX 10.6  and newer are supported  

General Software Policy

Hamline University is committed to following all applicable software copyright laws and has directed Information Technology Services to be the agent for compliance. Given limited resources at Information Technology Services' (ITS) disposal and the complexity of running an enterprise-class network, ITS has adopted policies and procedures to ensure that both applicable licensing laws are met and that the overall stability of the University computing environment are maintained.
Refer to the Software Policy for detailed information about licensing, software life expectancy, and a list of supported software.  

Living on Campus?

If you are living (or are planning to live) on campus you may also review information about computer registration, supported operating systems, operating system updates and security patches, active anti-Virus and personal firewall software, and recommended computer peripherals.
Find more information on our Residence Hall Network