Student Computing Requirements
*Please note: Individual colleges may have their own computing requirements. Please visit the College Specific Requirements page to see if your college has additional requirements.
The following is the official UF policy on the student computer requirement:
Access to and on-going use of a computer is required for all students. The University of Florida expects each student entering a UF Online program, to acquire computer hardware and software appropriate to his or her degree program. Competency in the basic use of a computer is required. Course work will require use of a computer and a broadband connection to the internet, academic advising and registration can be done by computer, official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail and other services are provided that require access through the Internet.
While the university offers limited access to computer software through its virtual computer lab and software licensing office, most students will be expected to purchase or lease a computer. Cost of meeting this requirement may be included in financial aid considerations.
Interpretation of the policy
Most current computers are capable of meeting these general requirements. At a minimum a student computer configuration should include an office software suite installed (provided by the university), audio and video capabilities, and a printer. A sample minimum configuration is shown below. Individual colleges may have additional requirements or recommendations. Students should review the college degree computer requirements below for additional requirements (Specific College and Degree Computer Requirements).
Sample Configuration for Windows
If you are interested in purchasing a computer with Windows, confirm that your college and degree program will support the operating system. Any new computer purchased should be bought with the potential to upgrade to Windows 8 in mind.
Suggested Hardware Recommendation:
- Intel Core 2 Duo, or I series processor
- 4GB of RAM or more
- 256 Gigabyte Hard Drive or higher
- DVD-R/RW Drive
- USB ports (at least 2)
- WiFi wireless networking on laptops
- Sound card, and speakers or headphones
- 1024 by 768 or higher resolution monitor
- 100mbit or 1Gbit Ethernet Adapter for Broadband
- Broadband connection to the Internet and related equipment (Generally supplied by the service provider). Cable or DSL highly recommended.
Because Windows 7 is the most widely supported operating system, it is currently recommended.
The Home basic and starter versions of Windows 7 not recommended.
- Office suite (provided by the university)
- Antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials recommended)
- Updated Java and Flash
- Firefox browser
- A media player
Apple Macintosh Computers running Windows 7
Late model Macs have the ability to run Windows 7 natively, either on a separate partition of the hard drive or in a virtual machine. Students planning on installing Windows 7 on their Macs should be aware that this will take up a minimum of 30GB of space or a recommended 60GB and should purchase a hard drive with this in mind. Once Windows 7 is installed the OSX disk that came with your Mac contains all the necessary drivers and applications to allow for Windows 7 to function properly with your hardware.
Updated: September 13, 2013