The School of Pharmacy requires all entering PharmD students to have a laptop and use it for specific educational purposes during their four-year educational program. 

Minimum Laptop Specifications

  • Intel Core i5 processor or better. AMD processors are not recommended.
  • 4 GB RAM minimum. 8 GB recommended.
  • 100 GB hard drive minimum. A solid state drive (SSD) is highly recommended.
  • A wireless network adapter that supports 802.11n or higher.

Required Software

  • PCs must have Microsoft Windows 10 Home or better. Windows 10 Professional is recommended. 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows are supported
    • Important: Windows 10 RT and S editions are not supported.
  • Before you arrive on campus, you must have updated your operating system to its latest service pack using Windows Update.
  • You should have a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 or newer. The HS/HSL Library sells Microsoft Office for student use.
  • As a part of your education, you will be required to install various applications in order to participate in certain required and elective courses. Examples include installation of Examplify for examinations and NeehrPerfect for Electronic Health Record (EHR) activities. Instructions for installation will be provided to you during the school year.

Recommended Warranty Coverage

It is highly recommended you obtain a warranty that will cover your laptop during your years of study at the School of Pharmacy. If an accidental damage warranty is available, it is recommended to add that as well.

What if I Want to Use a Mac?

As long as your computer meets the minimum specifications listed above, you may use it. Software used in certain classes may require you to be able to run Windows. Apple's Boot Camp software, which lets you run Windows on a Macintosh computer, comes with the latest version of the Macintosh operating system, but a separate copy of Windows 10 is required.

The minimum Macintosh laptop requirements are:

  • Intel Core i5 processor or better.
  • 4 GB RAM minimum. 8 GB recommended.
  • 100 GB hard drive minimum. A solid state drive (SSD) is highly recommended.
  • A wireless network adapter that supports 802.11n or higher.

Required Macintosh software:

  • OS X 10.11 or higher. OS X 10.10 and earlier versions are NOT supported.
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac or newer. The HS/HSL Library sells Microsoft Office for student use.

What if I want to use a tablet?

The only supported tablet is the Microsoft Surface Pro, with full Windows 10 operating system installed on it.

  • Surface tablets running Windows RT, Android tablets, and iPads with iOS are NOT supported.
  • Chromebooks are NOT supported.