Recommended Computer Specifications

Page Last Updated: Mon Apr 01 12:28:56 EDT 2019   


Planning to purchase a new computer?  Be sure to check the tables below for the recommended minimum specifications for a new computer. 

Already have a computer and just need to see if it will work on campus?  Generally, any computer purchased in the last four years and running a minimum operating system of Windows 7 for PCs or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for Macs, is eligible to connect to the campus network.

We recommend either Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.11.x El Capitan or macOS 10.12.x Sierra.  However, we do also provide limited support for Windows 7 (support ending soon), 8.1 and Mac OS X 10.9.x Mavericks (and newer).  Although other operating systems (such as Linux) may work with the campus network, they are not directly supported by Computer Services or the Computer Services Help Desk.

Wi-Fi adapters capable of connecting to the 5GHz wireless band highly recommended when connecting in Residence Halls.

Windows 7 will no longer be supported on campus beginning January 20th, 2020, due to the end of Microsoft support.  Windows XP and Windows Vista are also currently not supported on campus for this reason as well.

You are welcome to attempt using your system on campus if it does not meet these specifications, but we will be unable to assist you with troubleshooting or configuration.

Suggested Specifications
for New Computer Purchase

The following are the recommended minimum specifications if you're purchasing a new computer:


  • 3.0 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM 
  • 250 GB Hard Drive (SSD at least 256GB in size recommended)
  • macOS (Sierra) 
  • Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on all new models, except MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display)
  • 802.11ac 5GHz on laptops (5GHz is highly recommended for wi-fi in Residence Halls)
  • AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Bag to protect laptop, if applicable

  • 3.0 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8GB RAM is highly recommended)
  • 250 GB Hard Drive (SSD at least 256GB in size recommended)
  • Windows 10
  • Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on most models)
  • 802.11ac 5GHz on laptops (5GHz is highly recommended for wi-fi in Residence Halls)
  • Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of computer (Note: The 3 Year Enhanced Support plan is recommended for Dell systems.)
  • Bag to protect laptop, if applicable 


Personal Printers for Use on Campus

Students are welcome to bring personal printers for use in their dorm rooms.  However, these printers should not be used wirelessly.

Connecting to personal printers wirelessly can cause connection issues for other devices in the area.  As a result, any printer with active wireless connections found on campus will be disabled.

Simply disabling the wireless and connecting your computer using a USC cable is sufficient to avoid any issue.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Suggested Specifications for USB Flash Drive




Storage Size

4 GB

at least 16 GB


USB 2.0

USB 3.x


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