The following minimum requirements for personal computers are what Technology Services knows will work with our system. 

We recommend: All students should have a webcam with a microphone (either built-in or an external device).

If you are buying a new computer, please refer to the suggested configuration.

Minimum Windows Requirements:

  • 8 GB of RAM (memory)
  • 100 GB hard drive
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Windows 10
  • NO S-mode

Minimum Macintosh Requirements:

  • 8 GB of RAM (memory)
  • 100 GB hard drive
  • Intel processor
  • Mac OS Monterey

Suggested Configuration for Windows:

  • 16 GB of RAM (memory)
  • 500 GB hard drive
  • Intel i7 processor
  • Windows 11
  • NO S-mode
  • Wireless networking adapter (for internet)
  • Three-year warranty (recommended)
  • Ethernet cable
  • No Chromebooks

Suggested Configuration for Macintosh:

  • 16 GB of RAM (memory)
  • 500 GB hard drive
  • M1 or M2 chip
  • Mac OS 13 - Ventura
  • Wireless networking adapter (for internet)
  • Three-year warranty (recommended)
  • Ethernet cable

Suggested Configuration and Internet speeds for Online Instruction:

If remotely connecting to Lawrence sites for classes, students should have a computer with a webcam and microphone, with a currently supported operating system (Windows 10 or Mac OS 12 or newer), and be able to access the websites listed below, preferably with sufficient bandwidth to access the internet with at least 6 Mbps (10 Mbps or more recommended).  It is also important to verify that your Internet connection allows access to US based servers – not all service providers allow this ability at useable speeds.  To officially test this and check your internet speed, you will want to search 'free internet speed test', and the browser should have a recommended test towards the top of the page.  Otherwise, you can easily test this by browsing the Lawrence website below and connecting to the Moodle server – if either does not work properly, please check with your Internet Service Provider.