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Student Computer Recommendations
The School of Engineering (SoE) curriculum uses authentic engineering applications that require sufficient hardware resources to run efficiently.  This page provides the computer requirements necessary to run this software.



Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 i7 or Ryzen 7
Memory 8GB 16GB
Operating System Windows 10
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD 512 GB SSD
Software Microsoft Office 2019 or O365
(available from UConn after enrolled)
Accessories Camera and Microphone
Wireless Networking Adapter


The majority of engineering software programs used in the SoE is Windows-based and will not run on the Mac operating system. If you are coming to campus with a MacBook, you can access Windows by:

  1. Install Microsoft Remote Desktop to access on campus computers.
  2. Log into UConn AnyWare.
  3. Use Apple’s Boot Camp Assistant

MacBook specifications are similar to Windows.  If using options 3 or 4 above, double the size of your hard drive.