D.M.D. Laptop Requirements

D.M.D. Laptop Requirements

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry requires incoming DMD students to supply a personally-owned laptop computer that meets the minimum specifications set out below.

The purpose of the requirements is to ensure that computers meet or exceed a minimum set of standards that will allow students to participate effectively in all technology aspects while enrolled. Technology is an integral component to your professional dental school education and having an adequate computer is imperative to successful participation and learning.

ComponentMinimum requirementsRecommended
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro 64-bit (PC) or macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or later
Hard Drive Capacity

250GB HDD or 256GB SSD

512GB SSD or higher
Processor (CPU)Dual Core i5 or i7 1.8GHz

7th Gen Quad Core i5 or i7 2.5GHz
8th Gen

Memory (RAM)4GB8GB or higher
Graphics Card (GPU)An integrated card will suffice, no requirement for a dedicated card.
Wireless Card802.11b/g/n802.11ac dual band

In addition, the following are recommended:

- 3-year warranty with Accident Damage Protection.
- A USB hard drive or cloud backup option.

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (PC) or macOS 10.12 (Sierra) is a minimum operating system requirement, to meet other requirements, such as encryption. Enabling (turning on) encryption and password protecting (or locking) your computer is required, and is possible with Windows 10 (BitLocker) or macOS (FileVault 2).

Using a tablet as a primary computer, such as an Apple iPad or Android tablet, is not sufficient and does not meet ULSD’s requirements. However, the use of a tablet as a secondary device is acceptable.

If you purchased a laptop computer, whether a PC or MacBook, in the past 2 years and do not plan on buying a new computer, please still review the minimum and recommend requirements. If the specifications do not meet the requirements, it is highly unlikely that the device will provide adequate performance through the duration of your tenure at ULSD.


Microsoft Office
As part of the Office 365 ProPlus offering at the University of Louisville, enrolled students are permitted to download the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc) and have the software installed or activated on up to 5 devices for free.
For further information please visit these links; - http://louisville.edu/email/office-365-proplus-for-students


At this time, Dental Informatics is unable to provide hardware or software support to student-owned computers. Each student is responsible for the upkeep, management, and repair of his or her computer. Therefore, extended warranties, at the time of computer purchase, are recommended to provide a means for quick repair or replacement.


Can I get financial aid for purchasing my laptop/tablet? How can I request this?

When your student aid is awarded, the cost for a laptop/tablet will be included in your initial financial aid package (as this cost is included in your cost of attendance). For more information on this, please contact the Dental School Financial Aid Coordinator at dentfa@louisville.edu.

Should I purchase a Mac or a PC?

Currently there is a healthy mix of PC’s and Mac’s within our student population here at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Either device will work for the programs offered here. Primary factors to consider would be budget and preference in this case.

Will I have wireless access everywhere on campus?

Yes, the School of Dentistry has full coverage so access will not be an issue.

Where should I purchase my device?

It is suggested that you shop around for the best deals, but cheapest does not always equate to the best deal.
You can view options at the University's Campus store by navigating to https://www.bkstr.com/uoflstore/shop/technology/computers-and-tablets
Additional options are available through University partners by using the address below and navigating to the links listed under "Computers-Personal Purchases Only" http://louisville.edu/it/departments/itech-xpress-and-printing-copier-management/itech-xpress/students (this option does require UofL ULINK login credentials)

What Web browser should I use?

University of Louisville School of Dentistry doesn’t require a specific web browser. Use the browser that provides the features and functionality you find most useful. There may be instances where certain browsers work better than others with particular sites / programs. With this in mind, it is good to have options.
All browsers should be the latest version to avoid malicious software, viruses and also to increase compatibility with new site features.

What free software is available to students?

For free and discounted software visit the University's site iTech Express https://itechxpress.louisville.edu/softwareresales/customer/

Where can I charge my laptop/tablet?

Charge your laptop at home, free outlets around the school and there are available outlets at each desk in the lecture rooms with a couple of exceptions.

How can I stay safe and avoid viruses and other intrusions?

It is strongly recommended that you purchase a good Antivirus program for your laptop or Mac book and keep it updated. There are free ones out there but do not offer the best protection or the latest patches and run regularly scheduled scans. Consider this to be a worthwhile investment.

Keep your Operating System updated with the latest security patches.

Back up your data, as often as possible.

Think before you click, avoid websites with pirated material.

Never open any links from within email sources unknown to you or suspicious looking emails no matter the source.

Always hover over a link (especially one with a URL shortener) to see where the link is really taking you.

Never allow others to download anything on your device or use any removable media that has not been checked for viruses.

Always keep your ULINK password secure, never sharing or sending it via messenger or mail. UofL will never request your password in an email.

For a full listing and details of the University's Policies on Information Security please follow this link. https://louisville.edu/security/policies/