Computer Specifications

For Students, Faculty, Staff


The Office of Information Technology establishes the minimum technology recommendations for personal computers, an Internet connection, accessories and software suitable to teach, learn, and work at Fordham University. 

Personal Computers

FeatureWindows-based PCApple Mac/macOS-based PCChromebook
Operating system Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise

What’s my Windows version?
macOS 10.9

What’s my Mac version?
Chrome OS 83
Web browser Google Chrome or Firefox Google Chrome, Firefox in addition to Safari Google Chrome
Processor Intel core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5

What’s my processor on Windows?
Intel core i5

What’s my processor on my Mac?
Intel core i3
Memory/RAM 8 GB

What’s my memory on Windows?
8 GB

What’s my memory on my Mac?
Available Storage 20 GB free space

What’s my free storage in Windows?
20 GB free space

What’s my free storage space on my Mac?
20 GB free space
Disk Space 256GB 256GB 32GB
Display resolution 1280 X 720

What’s my display resolution on Windows?
1280 X 720

What is my display resolution on my Mac?
1280 X 720
Connectivity Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories

Internet Access

Telephone and TV service providers offer the best Internet access for consumers. They can equip your household with an Internet modem, which connects to your computer via an ethernet cable, or a wireless router. A WiFi hotspot may be used as an alternative connection. It allows your computer to connect to the Internet using cellular networks from providers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. A hotspot, however, might not provide enough bandwidth to meet your needs and therefore should be used only as a short-term solution. For help with choosing a way to connect to the Internet, contact IT Service Center.

Minimum Internet Speed Specifications

RecommendationMinimum Specification
Connection speed 20 Mbps
Download speed 3 Mbps
Upload speed 3 Mbps

Test upload and download speeds


RecommendationMinimum Specification
Webcam Minimum resolution: 720P or 1080P HD

Use an external webcam if your device does not have an internal webcam.
Audio Speaking: Most laptops and tablets feature microphones. Other options include a webcam microphone and external microphone

Listening: Speakers, headphones

Speaking and listening: Earbuds with mic, phone headset


RecommendationMinimum Specification
Productivity Microsoft Office 2016 or : (Office 365 is available free to students and faculty)

Antivirus Available for University-owned devices
PDF viewer Adobe Reader DC
Online meetings Zoom


Which browser should I use?

  • Use the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. Allow these browsers to update automatically. These browsers work well with Blackboard, Panopto and Fordham's other web-based tools. For best results, install both browsers in case one of them isn't working with an online application.
  • Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari are not recommended because they may not be compatible with many of Fordham's applications and systems.

My PC uses Windows 7. Is that ok?
Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7, and therefore it should not be used due to security concerns and compatibility issues with Fordham applications. Moreover, the IT Service Desk may not be able to support you if you run into a problem. For assistance with upgrading your PC to Windows 10, contact the IT Service Desk.

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