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UF Computer and Software Requirement

The following is the official UF policy on the student computer requirement:

Access to and on-going use of a computer is required for all students to complete their degree programs successfully. The University of Florida expects each student entering the junior year, as well as each student new to the university, to acquire computer hardware and software appropriate to his or her degree program. Competency in the basic use of a computer is a requirement for graduation. Class assignments may require use of a computer, academic advising and registration can be done by computer, and official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail.

While the university offers limited access to computers through its computer labs, most students will be expected to purchase or lease a computer that is capable of dial-up or network connection to the Internet, graphical access to the World Wide Web, and productivity functions such as word processing and spreadsheet calculation.  Costs of meeting this requirement will be included in financial aid considerations.

Interpretation of the policy

For the Freshman and Sophomore years, these functions can be provided by most currently available standard computers. A student computer configuration should include an office software suite and printer. A sample minimum computer configuration, is provided below. Individual colleges may have additional requirements or recommendations for lower division, upper division, graduate and professional students. 

A special note from the UF Computing Help Desk

The recommendations in the links below are based on providing an acceptable experience in the use of University of Florida computing services. The program the student enrolls in may have higher and/or other requirements than the ones listed below.  Check with your academic department or college for a specific computer requirement for your program.  Note that central services for the University of Florida are supported only for PC hardware environments.

Helpful Resources

Below you will find more resources when puchasing a new computer:

For the latest most up-to-date information regarding the University of Florida Computer Requirements, please visit the UF Academic Technology Website

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