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Technology Recommendations

Access to appropriate technology is essential to a student’s success at Rutgers. All students are required to have access to a personal computer to complete coursework and access other university resources. Students should check with their anticipated major department for any discipline specific technology requirements that may exist.


The chart below provides technical specifications for a system that will meet general student needs. Systems that meet or exceed these specifications can be found at the Rutgers Kite+Key Tech Store. Access to the discounted systems is available by logging in with your NetID.






Core i3 (8th Generation or newer)

Core i5 (8th Generation or newer)


4 GB

8 GB

Hard Disk


256G SSD

Webcam and Mic


Operating System

Windows 10 or Mac OSX >= 10.14




The following additional recommendations should be considered:

  • While desktop systems have the necessary capabilities, a laptop is recommended.
  • Chromebooks and tablets (iPad, Android, etc) are not recommended as primary computers.
  • Standard warranties typically require the device to be returned for repair and only provides coverage for one year. Consider upgrading the warranty to provide on-site service, accidental damage protection and a term that will cover the time to your initial degree, if available.


The university provides software for free or at a greatly discounted rate on the University Software Portal. Students should review the software available on that page before making purchasing decisions. Required software like anti-virus and Microsoft Office 365 can be downloaded and installed at no charge.