Student in the Computer Lab

Technical Requirements

What are the technical requirements that are needed to take an online class?

 

For your personal computer you will need the following minimum attributes:

Operating System

Windows: Windows10

macOS: One of the two most recent versions of macOS. When a new major version of macOS is released, the macOS and the previous version.

For the best experience, use the most current build of any operating system specified above. Product functionality and feature availability may vary on older systems (Search Microsoft Lifecycle Policy).

Processor

Windows OS: 2 (GHz) or faster, 2-core
 
macOS: Intel processor or Apple Silicon processor

Memory

Windows OS: 4 GB RAM
 
macOS: 4 GB RAM

Hard Drive Space

Windows OS: >15% of total hard drive space free 
 
macOS: 10 GB of available disk space
 
Updates may require additional storage over time.

Other Peripherals

Computer headset with earphones and microphone - For example

Internet Browser

Please refer to the Supported Browsers and Operating Systems document

Office / Documents  

There are several options for document editing:

  • Office 365 is the best choice. It available to matriculated students with a URMC email address. Register and download Office 365. Office 365 is also available through a subscription plan. 
  • Web-based Office suites, such as Google Documents ( https://docs.google.com/).
  • Apple iWork (Mac and iOS/iPadOS-only): offers tools that are similar to Word ("Pages"), PowerPoint ("Keynote"), and Excel ("Numbers").

If you are submitting an assignment that was prepared using Google Docs or Apple's tools, be sure to export the file to a Microsoft version (for instance, ".docx" for Word).