Should I Buy...?
If something is not listed as required, we offer no specific recommendations and suggest that you make purchase decisions based on your budget or your desire for particular features or convenience. For example:
Should I upgrade an old computer or buy a new computer?
It doesn't matter to us as long as you meet the requirements.
Should I buy a desktop, minitower, laptop, netbook, or all-in-one computer?
Beginning with students entering in fall 2013, we require that you have a Mac or Windows laptop. Many courses will deliver computer-based exams using software called ExamSoft, so a laptop is required. Your laptop needs to permit the installation of software for Mac OS or Windows. (For example, neither a Google Chromebook nor an Apple iPad meets this requirement but is welcome as a secondary device.) This software is not supported in a virtual environment.
Netbooks, tablets, and smartphones are welcome but not required.
If you plan to buy a tablet, we recommend iPad because currently one class—Anatomy 116—uses an iBook. If you do not have an iPad you can use an iPad in our lab or you can view the PDF version of the book on any device. If you do not already have a tablet, we do not require one. If you take elective courses in the School of Medicine, they may also use iBooks in their curriculum.
A smartphone is not required. If you plan to buy a smartphone, we recommend iPhone because it is easier for our support teams to support. If you do not already have an iPhone, we do not require one.
What processor speed should my computer have?
It doesn't matter to us.
How much hard disk space should my computer have?
It doesn't matter to us. However, if you plan to store lots of photos or videos on your computer, you should accordingly purchase a larger hard drive to meet your needs.
Can I buy a laptop that doesn't have a DVD drive? (e.g., Apple MacBook Air)
Yes. Our curriculum does not require you to have a DVD drive. Computers in our computer labs still have DVD drives, and Mac users can also make use the standalone DVD drive or of Apple's Remote Disc drive-sharing technology.