Recommended computer configurations for students for 2013-14

UC Davis expects students to have their own computers. Each spring, Information and Educational Technology works with other areas of campus to develop a list of minimum computer specifications for UC Davis' computing environment. Students should use these guidelines as they choose a computer to bring to campus for the 2013-2014 academic year. To the degree that technology can be predicted, a system that meets these recommendations should support students' basic needs for two to four years.

Generally, UC Davis recommends:

  • Using a laptop rather than a desktop computer. Laptops make work and studies portable.
  • If choosing a computer with a Windows operating system, use Windows 7 or better. Please check with your school or college to learn if it has specific recommendations.
  • We do not recommend using only a tablet or other small device for your work. Computers smaller than a laptop cannot comfortably perform all the functions you are likely to need or want when accessing computing resources at UC Davis.

NEW FOR 2013-14: Pre-arrival advice from IT Express for new students who will live in the dorms.

Obsolete computer systems

These computer systems might not be able to 1) run current software needed for daily computing, or 2) access specific files required for classes. Vendors usually do not support them.

UC Davis Stores' TechHUB

The main UC Davis Store on the Davis campus offers computer systems designed to meet or exceed the minimum campus performance standards.

Tech support

The IT Express Service Desk can help you answer questions and solve problems involving campus technology, including software, campus Internet access, activating and accessing your UC Davis email and computing accounts, and more. IT Express is open weekdays, except holidays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 530-754-HELP (4357) or email

TechHUB offers Apple authorized repairs, repairs to out-of-warranty PCs, and additional services. See its computer repair page.