OUHSC Student Computer Hardware and Software Requirements

OUHSC Student Computer Hardware and Software Requirements

Laptop Requirements

When starting a program, the University strongly recommends the purchase of a new laptop computer, if possible, or the use of an existing computer no more than 1-2 years oldThe University also recommends all devices be under 6 years old and under warranty in order to have the best possible experience with the required security tools and your academic, clinical, or research activities, . Please check with the HSC Office of Financial Aid about the applicability of your available financial aid funds for a computer purchase. It is your responsibility to ensure that your laptop is compatible with the required hardware and software specifications, as well as the  the required security tools in order to participate in your program’s curriculum.



Apple MacOS 

(Dentistry and Biostatistics/Epidemiology see notes)

Microsoft Windows
(TPM Chip Required for Student Encryption Policy)
Operating System

Minimum OS:

MacOS 13 (Ventura) or newer

  • [standard, no additional cost on Macs]

Minimum OS:

Windows 10/11 Education

[1 free upgrade from Home to Education is available for all students]

  • i5 or i7 Intel or Apple M1 Processor
  • 13-15 inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • Minimum 256GB SSD Hard Drive
  • i5 or i7 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)*
  • 13-15 inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • Minimum 256GB SSD Hard Drive
*Windows 11 Compatibility: OU IT recommends that all Microsoft Windows computers be capable of running Windows 11, as Windows 10 is scheduled to become unsupported in October of 2025. For more information, visit Microsoft's Windows 11 Requirements.

Protecting Your Investment

Consider protective device such as cases, skins, keyboard covers; always carry your laptop in a protective bag or backpack. Manufactures offer 1 year warranties against mechanical failure, but accidental damage (very common: spills, dropped, cracked screen, etc.) are not covered without an additional warranty the specifically covers this cost. Consider an extended warranty from either Dell (Windows), Apple (Mac) or 3rd-party providers like SafeWare.

Important Note for Dentistry Students

The College of Dentistry no longer authorizes the use of Mac laptops for students joining College programs in the Summer 2024 session or later.  Any existing student who purchases a new laptop after February 1, 2024, is required to purchase a Windows laptop.  Students are welcome to use iPad tablets as secondary devices.  The applications used in College of Dentistry programs require Windows operating systems (electronic health record, digital x-ray systems, 3D scanning solutions).

Additional Dentistry Student Hardware Requirements:

  • Wireless 802.11 Networking Capability (in working order)
  • Functioning web cam, microphone, and speakers
  • Laptops must be less than six (6) years old for the duration of the program.

Note: ASPID continuing education program students are not eligible for the free Windows license upgrade and must purchase Windows 10 or 11 Pro.

Important Note for Biostatistics and Epidemiology Students

The Dept. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology requires that all students in the programs listed below utilize a Windows laptop that meets the University’s computer requirements. The applications used in Biostatistics and Epidemiology program courses require Windows operating systems. Some of these applications can be installed from https://itsoftware.ou.edu. The SAS statistical package installation must be completed by Hudson College of Public Health IT. The SAS installation can be scheduled at https://calendly.com/coph-it.

  • MPH in Biostatistics or Epidemiology
  • MS in Biostatistics or Epidemiology
  • PhD in Biostatistics or Epidemiology

OUHSC Student Laptop Encryption Policy

OU policy requires that all laptops used for University business – which includes checking OU email -- must be encrypted, regardless of who owns the laptop or what operating system is installed. Health Sciences program students must encrypt their laptop computers and maintain the encryption status while enrolled as Health Sciences students.  Failure to comply with this policy will delay a student’s participation in academic and clinical training. Click this link to begin the process: https://www.ou.edu/ouit/studentencryption 


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