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Computer Requirements

2020-2021 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. Students entering during the academic year 2020-2021 (class of 2024) must purchase a computer that complies with the following requirements:


Ohio University provides MS Office, so there is no need to purchase it separately.

Minimum laptop specifications

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • 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.
    • Due to an increased reliance on Microsoft software at the college, we have seen increasing compatibility issues with Mac OS X. Windows 10 provides optimal performance, and we can no longer recommend or fully support Mac OS. 
  • Wireless 802.11a/g/n
  • A minimum of 8GB of internal RAM is recommended
  • Minimum of 256 GB hard drive
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Webcam (Built in or external)
  • Battery with average runtime of 2-5 hours


  • An adapter to display VGA output 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 

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 in Athens.


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

Questions to ask when purchasing a computer

We don’t recommend using a laptop that is four years old or older. The processor and memory requirements will likely not provide the power to efficiently run required learning applications. It is best to start out with a device that is up to date.

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?
    • What is the 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?