Below are the requirements for connecting a computer to the campus network.

All computers must meet the minimum requirements to receive ITS assistance connecting to the USD network. If purchasing a new computer, ITS recommends exceeding those minimum requirements for optimum performance. 

Requirements may change at any time. Please refer to this page before making any computer purchases.

Some academic programs will require a laptop or tablet computer. To ensure you have a computer that will meet your academic needs, please review the Academic Requirements

Windows Requirements

  • Operating System

    • Recommended
      • Windows 7 Professional
      • Windows 7 Ultimate
      • Windows 8.1 Pro
      • Windows 10 Pro
    • Minimum
      • Windows 7 Home Premium
      • Windows Vista
      • Windows 8
      • Windows 8 Pro
      • Windows 10 Home
    • NOT ALLOWED
      • Linux
      • Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
  • CPU

    • Recommended
      • Intel Quad-Core
      • Intel i-Series
    • Minimum
      • 1.6 GHz or above or less than 4 years old
  • Memory

    • Recommended
      • 4 GB
    • Minimum
      • 2 GB
  • Hard Drive

    • REQUIRED: 10 GB Free
  • Ethernet Adapter

    • REQUIRED: 100/1000 Base-T
  • Wireless

    • REQUIRED: 802.11 g/n

 

Mac Requirements

  • Operating System

    • Recommended
      • Mac OSX 10.8
      • Mac OSX 10.9
      • Mac OSX 10.10
      • Mac OSX 10.11
    • Minimum
      • Max OSX 10.7
  • CPU

    • Recommended
      • Intel Quad-Core
      • Intel i-Series
    • Minimum
      • 1.6 GHz or less than 3 years old
  • Memory

    • Recommended
      • 4 GB
    • Minimum
      • 2 GB
  • Hard Drive

    • REQUIRED: 10 GB Free
  • Ethernet Adapter

    • REQUIRED: 100/1000 Base-T
  • Wireless

    • REQUIRED: 802.11 g/n