Technology Requirements

Students at UB are required to have access to a computer and printer. Although ownership is not required, the majority of students will find these recommendations essential for successful completion of program coursework.

Undergraduates

Technology Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Computer Spec Minimum - Windows

· Laptop (for portability)

· Windows 10 computer

· Intel i5, i7 series Processor

· 8GB RAM

· 256 MB video RAM

· 500GB Hard Drive or 256GB SSD Drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

Computer Spec Minimum - Mac

· Laptop (for portability)

· OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later

· Intel i5, i7 series Processor

· 8GB RAM

· 500GB Hard Drive or 256GB SSD Drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

Broadband Specs - REQUIRED

· 1MB download speed

· 1MB upload speed

          Test your speed at www.speedtest.net

Software Specs - REQUIRED

· Adobe Reader

- Free (Uncheck McAfee install box)

· Firefox Web browser

- Free  (You will use this for UBLearns – DO NOT use Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome)

· Microsoft Office 2016 - Windows or MAC

- Free for UB Students

· Symantec Antivirus and Firewall 

- Free for UB Students

Software Specs - Recommended

· EndNote

- Free for UB Students

· Microsoft Skype for Business 2016 video conference software

- Windows users have it as part of Office 2016  

Mac users should download separately

- Windows & Mac: Use these instructions to sign in for the first time

Other Strong Recommendations

·Printer & Scanner

· 16GB flash drive (portable backup)

Optional

· Second computer monitor to setup a dual monitor system (good for laptop systems)

Graduates

Technology Requirements for Graduate Students

Computer Spec Minimum - Windows

· Windows 10 computer  

· Intel i5, i7 series Processor

· 8GB RAM

· 256 MB video RAM

· 500GB Hard Drive or 256GB SSD Drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

· Web camera

Microsoft LifeCam, if not built in already 

· Headset with microphone recommended

- Earbud headphones at minimum

Computer Spec Minimum - Mac

· OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later

· Intel i5, i7 series processor

· 8GB RAM

· 500GB Hard Drive or 256GB SSD

· Headset with microphone recommended

- Earbud headphones at minimum

Broadband Specs - REQUIRED

· 1MB download speed

· 1MB upload speed

          Test your speed at www.speedtest.net

Software Specs - REQUIRED

· Adobe Reader

- Free (Uncheck McAfee install box)

· AnyConnect VPN Off-Campus client 

- Free for UB Students

· Firefox Web browser

- Free  (You will use this for UBLearns – DO NOT use Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome)

· Microsoft Office 2016 - Windows or MAC

- Free for UB Students

· SPSS (Latest version) 

- At instructor’s request (don’t purchase it until you need it for a class)

- Yearly license fee

· Symantec Antivirus and Firewall 

- Free for UB Students

Software Specs - Recommended

· EndNote 

- Free for UB Students

Other Strong Recommendations

·Printer & scanner

· 16GB Flash Drive (portable backup)

· External Hard Drive 1TB (data collection backup)

Optional

· Second computer monitor to setup a dual monitor system (good for laptop systems)

Additional Information

Pricing includes any UB discounts (if applicable).

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