For Incoming Students

Below are recommended and minimum specifications for student computers provided by Denison’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department.

  • If you are shopping for a new computer for college, please refer to the Recommended Specs. These specifications should equip most students with a device that meets their needs for four or more years.
  • If you plan to bring a computer you already have, please refer to the Minimum Specs. Network requirements and essential software compatibility guide these specifications.

Owning a computer is not required to attend Denison, however, many students find it very beneficial to their college experience. The Tech Guide for Incoming Students provides an overview of technology at Denison, including the many computers on campus available for student use.

Computer Recommendations

Computer Recommendations


Recommended Configuration

Minimum Configuration

Operating System

Mac: mac OS Ventura
Windows: Windows 10 22H2 or newer

Mac: macOS Big Sur or newer
Windows: Windows 10 22H2 or newer


Mac: M1 Chip
Windows: Intel i5 (quad-core) or higher

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

8 GB

Wifi Connectivity

802.11ac or Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)



1-4 year warranty*

*If you are purchasing a new computer, ITS recommends purchasing an extended warranty with on-site support and accidental damage protection if available.

Additional Recommendations

Additional Recommendations




You do not need to purchase Microsoft Office or antivirus/antispyware software. Denison provides Windows and Mac versions of Microsoft Office to current students at no charge. For antivirus/antispyware protection, ITS recommends the built-in Windows Defender on Windows 10 and 11 and the Sophos Home Free offering for macOS as no-cost options.

Power Conditioning

You should bring a surge protector to protect your equipment from power surges.

Vendors Offering Discounted Pricing

Apple, Dell, HP, and UNiDAYS provide discounted pricing to Denison University students through their online stores:

Many other vendors provide discounts to college students. If you are shopping in stores or online, please make sure to check for student discounts.