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Computer Requirements

2019-2020 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 2019-2020 (class of 2023) 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 or i7 processor
  • Wireless 802.11a/g/n
  • A minimum of 8GB of internal RAM is recommended
  • Minimum of 256 GB Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Battery with Average Runtime 2-5 hours
  • Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit versions)
    • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT or Windows 10 S are NOT supported nor recommended


  • An adapter to display VGA output is recommended for group information sharing
  • Integrated Ethernet 10/100/1000 network connector
  • 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 Bobcat Depot. Information about this software will be made available during your Heritage College orientation.

Purchasing Options:

The Heritage College strongly recommends the OIT-offered portable computers, due to local service availability and warranty coverage. These can be purchased at the Bobcat 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?