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Recommended & Minimum Computer Configurations for Students (Macintosh)

For the students, our recommendations and minimum system requirements are meant to provide general guidelines on which computer configurations work best in the UMass Amherst computing environment. They focus on the hardware specifications for the device. For free or discounted software, please check our downloads page. If you have declared a major, we recommend checking with the department to see if it requires specific computer configurations. Note: This online document is where you will find the most accurate recommendations. Any print materials you have could be out-of-date.

Sustainability

We recommend models of computers that have at least an EPEAT Silver rating (preferably EPEAT Gold). These computers meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications and are designed to be easily recycled. Learn more about the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

Laptop Computers

Recommended Configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

Model:

13" MacBook Pro

Processor:

Apple M1 Processor 

Operating System:

macOS 12.x (Monterey)

Memory:

16 GB RAM

Storage:

512 GB SSD or higher 

Network Adapter: 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter
Warranty:  AppleCare Protection Plan

Other:

Lock, carrying case, external hard drive for backups

 

Minimum Requirements

We support the following minimum computer configurations.

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

Model:

13" MacBook Air/Pro

Processor:

Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 Processor

Operating System:

macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or higher

Memory:

8 GB RAM or higher

Storage

256 GB SSD

Network Adapter: 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter
Warranty:  AppleCare Protection Plan

Other:

Lock, carrying case

 


Desktop Computers

Recommended Configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 Processor

Operating System:

macOS 12.x (Monterey)

Memory:

16 GB RAM

Storage:

512 GB (SSD) or higher

Monitor/Display:

24" LED Display

Network Adapter:

802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter

Warranty:  AppleCare Protection Plan

Minimum Requirements

We support the following minimum computer configurations.

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

Processor:

Intel Core i3

Operating System:

Mac OS 11.x (Catalina) or higher

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

256 GB (SSD)

Monitor/Display:

24" LCD monitor

Network Adapter:

802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter

Warranty:        AppleCare Protection Plan