School & College Requirements and Recommendations 

Information Technology Services suggests that you first check with your particular school or college to see if a specific configuration is recommended. For example, the following schools have posted information on their websites:

If no particular configuration is needed, you can use the recommendations below as a guide. You can also purchase an extended warranty with your system. When considering whether to buy an extended warranty, it’s a good idea to check with your credit card company to see if additional coverage is automatically provided.

Recommendations

Below are suggested minimum recommendations for Macs and PCs. The purchasing decision is yours, but we suggest that you check with your particular school or college to see if a specific platform is recommended before you make your purchase.

Temple does not endorse a particular brand or type, but it’s best to select a name-brand manufacturer, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or Microsoft. These manufacturers generally use name-brand components and offer reliable customer support.

Please note that technical assistance is not available for custom-built computers.

University Device Recommendations Laptops (Windows, Mac)

University Device Recommendations Laptops (Windows, Mac)

Minimum

Recommended

Processor

Intel i3, AMD Ryzen 3*, or M1****.

6th generation Intel i5, AMD Ryzen 5, or higher, or M1****.

Memory

8GB

16GB

Storage

256GB SSD**

256GB SSD**

Graphics

Mac: Intel Iris Plus Graphics Windows: Integrated Intel HD

Mac: Intel Iris Plus Graphics Windows: Integrated Intel HD

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac

Operating System

Mac: macOS Catalina Windows: 10 Education or Home

Mac: macOS Big Sur Windows: 10 Education or Home

Miscellaneous

Webcam, Microphone and Speaker (headset recommended)

Webcam, Microphone and Speaker (headset recommended)

Price Range***

$549.99 - $999

$900 +

Warranty

1-year hardware warranty Optional: 3-year hardware warranty with additional damage/theft protection

3-year hardware warranty with additional damage/theft protection

* Intel i3 will not support the Zoom virtual background.
**If you are planning on installing a second operating system with Boot Camp on a Mac, we recommend at least 512GB SSD.
***Ranges are meant as a guideline for what you can expect to pay.
**** You will not be able to run Windows software on the new Apple M1 Macs, as Bootcamp does not run on this processor.

University Device Recommendations Desktops (Windows, Mac)

University Device Recommendations Desktops (Windows, Mac)

Minimum

Recommended

Processor

Intel i3, AMD Ryzen 3*, or M1*****

6th generation Intel i5, AMD Ryzen 5 and higher, or M1*****

Memory

8GB

16GB

Storage

256GB SSD

256GB SSD**

Graphics

MAC: Intel UHD Graphics 630 Windows: Integrated Intel HD

MAC: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 Windows: Integrated Intel HD

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac ****

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac****

Operating System

Mac: macOS Catalina Windows: 10 Education or Home

Mac: macOS Big Sur Windows: 10 Education or Home

Miscellaneous

Webcam, Microphone and Speaker (headset recommended)

Webcam, Microphone and Speaker (headset recommended)

Price Range***

$499 - $599

$1000+

Warranty

1-year hardware warranty Optional: 3-year hardware warranty with additional damage/theft protection

3-year hardware warranty with additional damage/theft protection

*Intel i3 will not support the Zoom virtual background.
** If you are planning on installing a second operating system with Boot Camp on a Mac, we recommend at least 512GB SSD.
***Ranges are meant as a guideline for what you can expect to pay.
****USB wireless adaptor or built in wireless card.
***** You will not be able to run Windows software on the new Apple M1 Macs, as Bootcamp does not run on this processor.

Chromebooks and Tablets 

While Chromebooks, iPads and Android tablets are innovative and have many uses, including convenient web browsing, they are still not a replacement for a PC or Mac. Before purchasing, you should consult with your specific college IT department to determine if the device is compatible with the course requirements.

Chromebooks are a viable option, however, for the College of Education and Human Development and they do work with Proctorio. For more details, see the College of Education and Human Development Computer Purchase Recommendations page.

Chromebooks and Tablets

Minimum

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac

Operating System

Chrome OS 81.0