Computer Requirements

Accepted Students

2017-2018 Academic Computer Requirements

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine requires students to purchase laptop computers as a part of their general requirements including books, materials, and other academic supplies. Students may have a classroom activity, lab assignment, or exam where their laptop is required on campus. The computer requirements for students entering the academic year 2017-2018 (class of 2021) must purchase a computer that complies with the following requirements:


We provide MS Office and virus protection software, so there is no need to purchase it separately.

Minimum laptop specifications:

  • Intel Core i5 (2.5 GHz minimum)
  • Wireless 802.11a/g/n
  • Integrated Ethernet 10/100/1000
  • 4 GB RAM, 8GB is recommended
  • Minimum of 160 GB Hard Drive
  • CD-RW/DVD-RW (can be external)
  • USB 2.0
  • VGA Output (Recommended for group information sharing)
  • Battery with Average Runtime 2-5 hours
  • Windows 10


  • Three-year warranty recommended  (Consider the accidental damage coverage offered by many manufacturers.)
  • Padded backpack or carrying case
  • At home broadband Internet access is also recommended

Additional Academic Software:

Additional software will be available at the Ohio University Information Technology (OIT) Tech Depot. Information about this software will be made available during your Heritage College orientation.

Purchasing Options:

The Heritage College strongly recommends the OIT-offered Dell and Lenovo portable computers, due to local service availability and warranty coverage. These can be purchased at the OIT Tech Depot located on the ground floor of Baker University Center.


*Please be aware that there is no MAC support beyond wireless connectivity.

Questions to ask when purchasing a computer

Before purchasing a system, carefully consider all the factors in the long-term use of the device; do not just look at the purchase price. Most name-brand laptops are tested and reviewed for value.


  • What is the warranty? 

    You should purchase a system with at least a standard three-year warranty. Details of the warranty should include:
    • Will it have to be sent to a service center?
    • Who will send it back, and who pays shipping charges?
    • Turnaround time for the repair?
  • What version of Windows does it include?
  • Do they meet the recommended requirements?
  • What applications are included?
  • Do they meet the recommended requirements?
  • Are the weight and size of the laptop appropriate for your needs?