Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains a list of computer hardware configurations that meets academic and University line-of-business needs. When considering the purchase of a new desktop or laptop, find the most up-to-date information by referring to this online document.
Recommended Computer Configurations For Students
Whether you are bringing a computer you already own or buying a new computer, ITS recommends that your machine is a laptop configured with the below hardware specifications for campus use and to increase the longevity of your machine. Below, you will find our recommendations to keep in mind when buying a laptop.
ITS recommends Dell Laptops with the Windows Operating System or Mac Laptops with the macOS Operating System. Chromebooks have limited support and will not be compatible with most standard Pace Software and Systems
Computer Hardware Specifications
Intel Core i5 (8th gen. or higher) or Apple M1 Chip
16.0 GB or higher
250 GB or higher Solid State Drive or Flash Storage
WiFi: 802.11ac or 802.11an
Windows 10 or Windows 11
macOS 10.15 or higher
Laptop: Up to 10 hours of battery life
Built-in or USB Webcam (720p resolution or higher)
4-year warranty for PC
3-year warranty for AppleCare Mac
Free Software For Students
Enrolled students can download and install software such as Microsoft Office as part of the Student Technology Fee.
- Ethernet adapter and Ethernet cable for wired connectivity
- External USB 3.0 hard drive for backing up work
- USB 3.0 flash drive for course work
- For newer laptops (ex. MacBook Pro 2016 model or later) with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports only, a USB-C to USB adapter
- USB headset with microphone (for improved audio experience) for Web Conferencing
Incompatible Wireless Devices
The PACE-WIFI network requires that connecting devices meet WPA2-Enterprise specifications. Some personal consumer devices, such as wireless TVs, wireless printers, etc., do not meet the WPA2 standard and therefore are not compatible with our network. Please be sure to check whether your devices meet this specification before bringing them on-campus. Also, the connection of personal routers is not allowed on the Pace network.
Recommended Computer Configurations For Faculty/Staff
For work-related use, faculty and staff can learn about our current purchasing standards for Pace-owned equipment by visiting the IT Purchases - Department/University Funded page.
Last Updated Date: February 10, 2022