Student Life

Computer Support

Described below are the minimal computing requirements for incoming students in all School of Public Health certificate and degree programs, effective Fall 2016.

All students are required to possess a personal laptop, no older than approximately two years, that must meet the following requirements:

Windows Laptops:

  • Windows Operating System that is running 64-Bit
    • Windows 10
  • Integrated Webcam with Microphone
  • Integrated or USB Connectable CD Drive
  • Processor:
    • Intel Core i5 or Higher
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
    • 8GB RAM or Higher
  • Storage (Traditional or Solid State are acceptable)
    • 500, 1000GB (1TB) Hard Drive
    • 256, 500GB Solid State Hard Drive (SSD’s greatly improves the computer performance)
  • Additional Software
  • Other Requirements:
    • Privacy: Strong login passwords; hardware encrypted USB keys and external drives
    • Administrator level account permissions – students should only login as the administrator when running updates to reduce risk of viruses
    • Automatic backup utility for all files
    • Note: iPads, tablets, and Netbooks, as well as virtual operating systems, do NOT satisfy the graduate student computer requirement

Macintosh Laptops:

  • Mac OS X
    • Sierra
    • High Sierra
  • Integrated Webcam with Microphone
  • Integrated or USB Connectable CD Drive
  • Processor:
    • MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 or Higher
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
    • MacBook Pro - 8GB of RAM or Higher
  • Storage (Only Available in Solid State.)
    • 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Additional Software
    • VirtualBox (Ability to install and run Windows 10 or Higher on an OS X Machine. Download With this install you will also be able to download and run programs that work only with the Windows Operating System.)
    • Windows Operating System that is running 64-Bit
    • Windows 10 (Education Version can be downloaded for free here)
    • Microsoft Office for Windows
    • Office 2016 (See the following for instructions on how to download: here Please note that Office will only work while you are a student at Rutgers University, you will need to purchase it again once you leave.)
    • Statistical Software
      Software listed below can be purchased from the Rutgers Software Store. https://software.rutgers.edu/ There is a fee for most software downloads.
  • Other Requirements:
    • Privacy: Strong login passwords; hardware encrypted USB keys and external drives
    • Administrator level account permissions – students should only login as the administrator when running updates to reduce risk of viruses
    • Automatic backup utility for all files
    • Note: iPads, tablets, and Netbooks, as well as virtual operating systems, do NOT satisfy the graduate student computer requirement