Students are not required but recommended to bring a computer with them to The University of Tampa. The following are minimum recommendations for those who choose to do so. Should you elect to bring a computer, be aware that some curricula require more powerful computers. Please check with the college of your field of study for their computer hardware and software recommendations. The University of Tampa has numerous open computer labs to support study, homework and research needs.
- Core i3 or higher processor
- 8 GB of RAM (minimum)
- 120 GB of Hard Drive (minimum)
- 10/100/1000 Ethernet network interface connection
- 256 Mb video memory (minimum)
- DVD/CD-RW Player and burner (optional)
- Cable lock for laptop
- Computer Protection Plan/Warranty
- Ethernet Network cable
- Wireless Network capability supporting 802.11 b/g/n
- Encrypted USB Thumb drive – 16GB (minimum)
- Integrated webcam and mic
Many students prefer a laptop over a desktop configuration for portability and convenience.
The UT campus has over
700 wireless hot spots.
Optional Hardware Items
- Sound card with integrated speakers
- Any compatible printer
- Printer cable to connect to printer
- Bluetooth connector
- Encrypted External Hard Drive (USB 2.0/Firewire 400 or 800) – 250 GB (minimum)
Software (minimum recommendations)
- Microsoft Windows 8 (or higher) or Apple OS (10.7 or higher)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (free via Internet)
Anti-Virus Software – Installing and maintaining anti-virus software is required in order to access wired and wireless University networks. If your computer already has this software installed and you have an active subscription to receive current updates, you don't need to install any of the programs listed below.
If you don't have anti-virus installed on your system, the following are recommended (free) options that will protect your computer against many viruses and malware threats:
- For Windows Users: Download Microsoft Security Essentials
- For Mac Users: Visit avast! for the free download.
Please visit Safe Computing @ UT at The University of Tampa to get important tips and guidelines on protecting your information and privacy while you're on the campus network and Internet.