Recommended computer configurations for new students for 2015-16

UC Davis expects students to have their own computers. Each spring, Information and Educational Technology works with other campus organizations to develop a set 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 2015-2016 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, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. Please check with your particular school or college to learn if it has specific recommendations.
  • We strongly recommend against using only a tablet or other small mobile 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. While iPads, Slates and Chromebooks are advancing rapidly, relying on operating systems and input interfaces primarily designed for mobile devices might not meet your needs.


Obsolete computer systems

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

UC Davis Stores' TechHub

The TechHub, part of the UC Davis Stores on campus, sells 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 go to

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