Personal Computer Recommendations

UCO Technology Support recommends that all students have a computer with a webcam (preferably a laptop) that meets or exceeds the recommended specifications below.  These recommendations will allow you to participate in any course delivery method currently offered by the university and are important for online courses whether delivered completely or partially online. Any additional program/course-specific hardware or software requirements are listed in course syllabi.

The Central Tech Store provides technology hardware for purchase that meets or exceeds the recommendations below:

 

Summary of Recommendations:

PC Mac
OS: Windows 10 OS: High Sierra
Memory: 8 GB Memory: 8 GB

Note: Some courses require the use of specific software which is not available on the Chromebook platform. Many UCO colleges and departments provide online access to Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) labs that could be accessed via Chromebook. VDI labs include access to specific software required by the department or program.  See syllabi for details or discuss with professor or departmental technician.

Detailed Recommendations:

Feature: Recommendation:
Operating System
  • Windows: 10 (Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported)
  • Mac: High Sierra (or higher)
Display Size 11.6” or higher
Processor  Intel Core i5 or higher or equivalent (Windows/Mac)
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Memory (RAM)  8 GB or higher
Hard drive  250 GB or higher
Camera, speakers, microphone Internal or external
Headset/ear buds  With built-in, noise-cancelling microphone 
Internet speed  5.0 Mbps upload/5.0 Mbps download 
Browsers

Latest version of:  

Students are highly encouraged to install Firefox and Chrome in addition to the installed browser.

Web Conferencing Software
Office 365 Students get Microsoft Office 365 for Free
Anti-virus Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition (access provided by signing into the Central Tech Store Software Downloads site)
   

Internet Requirements:

Students that need to connect to UCO academic resources from off-campus should purchase their own dedicated home high-speed Internet service at a minimal speed of 5.0 Mbps upload and 5.0 Mbps download for viewing lecture captures, simultaneous screen sharing, and video/audio conferencing. 

Test your connectivity level:

To test the connectivity level where you will be studying, taking exams, etc., try these services:

Optional Items (may be required - see course syllabi for details):

  • Digital camera, video camera
  • USB flash drive
  • SPSS or SAS software (statistical software)
  • Some classes may require web or application services that require a fee

VDI Labs:

  • Many UCO colleges and departments provide online access to Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) labs that include access to specific software required by the department or program.  See syllabi for details or discuss with professor or departmental technician.