Student Computing Recommendations
UNH sells Apple & Lenovo devices through the UNH Computer Purchasing Program.
The following are UNH's general hardware and software recommendations, and Computing Recommendations by College.
|Component||Bring-your-own minimum supported (consider upgrading)||Recommended for new purchase|
|Processor (CPU)||5th generation Intel Core i3||Current generation Intel Core i3 or better|
|Internal storage||Traditional hard drive or solid state||Solid state drive|
|Back-up storage||USB 2.0 device||USB 3.0 or better device
Visit unh.box.com for info on free unlimited cloud storage at UNH
|Video Connection||Classroom projectors may require adapters. Most classrooms use HDMI on projectors and digital screens|
|UNH housing does NOT provide wired Ethernet connections in most rooms. Call (603) 862-4242 for more information|
|Anti-malware||Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7
Microsoft Windows Defender for Windows 8+
Sophos Antivirus for Mac
Free for all users
|Internet browsing||Internet Explorer 11 (Windows)
Firefox, Chrome (Windows or Mac)
Free for all users
|Productivity||Microsoft Office365 ProPlus (Windows)
Microsoft Office365 ProPlus (OS X)
Free for UNH students
(Windows & Mac)
|Parallels for Mac
(8GB RAM, 256GB storage recommended)
Windows 10 (full version)
|Recommendations by College|
|College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)||All students: 8GB RAM required, 16GB RAM recommended; 256GB or better storage strongly recommended
Mechanical Engineering: 16GB RAM recommended, 32GB preferred.
If Apple, configure as dual-platform setup.
|All students: Productivity suite required. Recommend Microsoft Office365 ProPlus, Google Docs, or Apple iWork, all of which include online services such as cloud syncing and collaboration|
|College of Liberal Arts (COLA)||See minimum hardware recommendations from UNH IT
Note: Students taking Paul College courses should follow Paul College computer guidelines below
|All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus|
|College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)||See recommendations from UNH IT||All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus
Graduate students: Windows 10 Professional operating system
|College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)||See recommendations from UNH IT||All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus|
|Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (PAUL)||All students: Windows-based computer strongly recommended
Windows users: 8GB RAM required, 16GB RAM recommended; 256GBor better storage required
Apple users: Windows installation required; 16GB RAM required; 256GB or better storage required
All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus
|School of Law (LAW)||See recommendations from UNH IT||All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus|
|Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS)||All students: If Apple, configure as dual-platform setup
Civil Technology students: Windows-based computer with at least 8GB RAM (16GB recommended) & 64-bit operating system to use optional Autodesk applications available for student download 17” (or larger) screen recommended for laptops. Desktop computer with dual-monitor set-up recommended for best user experience
Forest Technology students: Windows-based computer with at least 8GB RAM to use optional ArcGIS software provided by department
|All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus, including Apple users using a dual-platform setup.
Applied Animal Science students:
Quickbooks, Microsoft Publisher (included in Microsoft Office365 ProPlus for Windows)
|UNH at Manchester (UNHM)||All students: 8GB RAM recommended||All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus|
Tablets are not recommended as primary computing device at UNH. Check with professors on classroom tablet policies for note-taking and other functions.