Computers at UVM
Access to a computer is critical for students' success, both in and out of class. Beginning Fall 2020, all UVM students are required to have a laptop that meets the minimum specifications outlined below.
Students who might have financial difficulty meeting their computing needs should email Student Financial Services or call 802.656.5700
An Important Note
Chromebooks, iPads, and Android Tablets are not capable of being used as your primary computing device. While these devices can be used in addition to a laptop computer, they do not have the features and software compatibility required for all academic coursework.
Student Laptop Requirement
Minimum hardware specs
- A laptop or tablet capable of running Windows 10 or the latest version of macOS (currently macOS 12 Monterey)
- Intel® Core i5™ 10th-generation (2019) quad-core processor, or an Apple M1 System on a Chip (SoC)
- 8 GB memory (RAM)
- 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, either built-in or via a USB adapter (must be capable of operating in the 5 GHz band for residence halls)
- Built-In or USB Webcam
Recommended hardware specs
- A laptop or tablet running Windows 10 Pro or the latest version of macOS (currently macOS 12 Monterey)
- Intel® Core™ i7 10th-generation (2019) or 11th-generation (2020) quad-core processor, or an Apple M1 System on a Chip (SoC)
- 16 GB memory (RAM)
- 512 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or larger
- 1920 x 1080 Full HD Graphics (FHD) or better
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter or better
- Built-In or USB HD Webcam (≥720p)
M1 systems are compatible with most UVM recommended software, though some may require you to install Rosetta 2. Please check with your individual school for details. For a third-party software compatibility guide for the M1 chip, see Is Apple Silicon Ready? (site not maintained by Apple or UVM).
Optional features and add-ons New items!
- Ethernet port or plug-in adapter (Wi-Fi may not be available in all areas) and an Ethernet cable of at least 25 feet (7.62 m) for use in residence halls.
- A USB storage device such as an external hard drive or flash drive(s) for backing up data. See Backup and File Storage below regarding UVM network file storage via your NetID.
- For presentations and other academic needs, you may need a suitable plug-in video adapter (e.g., USB-C to HDMI). The UVM Techstore carries several popular types of adapter cables.
- A laptop power bank for use during long classes.
- Grossman School of Business Mobile Computing Requirement
- College of Education and Social Services Laptop Recommendation Program for Undergraduates
- College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Computer Recommendations
Buying a computer? Need a backup drive or computer accessory? Visit the UVM Techstore!
UVM's Techstore in the Bookstore is an authorized sales provider of popular Apple and Dell computers and accessories. Take advantage of Back-To-School savings and educational discounts not available anywhere else!
Need to get software support or repair of your Apple or Dell computer? Visit the Carry-In Clinic!
UVM Client Services Hardware Team is an authorized service provider of Apple computers and select Dell computers.
See the Help & Support page for details.
Find a Computer Lab
Networking at UVM
UVM has wired Ethernet connections in all residence hall rooms on a "port-per-pillow" basis, which guarantees one port per student per room (students in rooms with limited wall jacks may pick up a mini-hub from their residence hall's Main Desk after move-in day). Computers plugged into residence hall networks will need to perform a UVM Network Registration once per semester.
Wi-Fi is available throughout campus, including in residence halls and certain academic buildings. Learn more about Wi-Fi network connections at UVM (SC).
IoT Devices - Smart speakers, lights, casting devices, media consoles, and more
For information on devices that are compatible/incompatible with the UVM network, see the Network compatibility for Media Streaming, Game Consoles, and Smart Devices UVM Knowledge Base guide.
Preparing Your Computer for the UVM Network
If you bring a computer with you...
You can avoid many potential problems by purchasing a computer through the UVM Bookstore's Techstore since we can best help you with a computer configured for UVM that we are certified to repair. If you do bring a computer with you, please see the recommended specifications above.
Prepare your computer for the campus network before you arrive:
- Install all security updates for your operating system.
- Set your computer to install updates automatically.
- Be sure all accounts on your computer, especially Administrator and ones with administrative privileges, have good passwords. See Protecting Your NetID for guidelines that can be applied to any password.
- Set your Web browser's home page to "myuvm.uvm.edu" or "www.uvm.edu".
- Download and install supported software at UVM's Software Download Archive.
After you arrive on campus
Configure and test your Wi-Fi hardware, using the UVM Wi-Fi Connection guide.
Backup & File Storage
Secure storage and backup for your important work
With your NetID and password, you can access your private, secure storage space on our central server, webfiles.uvm.edu1. All files stored in your home directory are backed up nightly. You can access your files from anywhere in the world, and they are secure and private unless you make them public. UVM also provides access to Microsoft OneDrive via your UVM NetID.
Please refer to the Accessing Network Folders guide for helpful information.
1 - Ad blockers tend to prevent viewing files. Consult your ad blocker's documentation on how to "whitelist" or "trust" the WebFiles page, or use a browser that isn’t using an ad blocker.
Web Publishing and Blogging
With your UVM NetID and password, you can access your personal webspace at UVM or make your own UVM Blog!
Using UVM Email
Why use UVM Email?
Even if you already have an email address, you will need to use your UVM account. You will receive official UVM communication through your UVM email account, so be sure to check it regularly!
NetID and Email
Your UVM email address is tied to your UVM NetID. You will also need your NetID for access to many other resources at UVM. You can activate your NetID as soon as you've been accepted to UVM.