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Bring Your Own Device

All Mount Union Students are required to have a personal computer for use during their education.

If monetary assistance is required, the Office of Student Financial Aid may be able to provide assistance with loans.

Questions about Accessibility may be directed to StudentAccessibility@mountunion.edu

 

Primary Computer (Required for all UMU Students):

  • The university defines a personal computer as
  • A laptop or 2 in 1 device (see below for new purchase recommendations)
  • Runs either Microsoft Windows or Apple MacOS. (not Google ChromeOS)
  • Not Recommended: Desktop computers
  • Not Permissible as a personal computer: Smartphones, Tablets and Chromebooks.

 

Companion Devices (optional):

These devices may provide added convenience in some scenarios, but some University required software will not function on them.

  • Apple iPhones and iPads - The University supports Apple devices able to install the current version of iOS.
  • Android Smartphones and Tablets – The University supports Android devices released in the last 2-3 years.
  • Chromebooks – The University provides best effort support for Chromebooks able to run the most current version of the operating system

 

New Computer Purchasing Recommendations

PC

Mac

Screen Size

13" – 17"

13" – 16"

Processor
(Most Students)

  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7
  • AMD Ryzen 3, 5, or 7
  • ARM-based processors are not recommended

Apple M1 series

Processor
(Engineering Students)

Intel i7, i9 or AMD Ryzen 7

Windows Laptop Preferred

Memory
(Most Students)

16GB or better

16GB or better

Memory
(Engineering Students)

32GB or better

Windows Laptop Preferred

Webcam

Webcam required

Included on all Apple Laptops

Hard Drive

Solid State Drive 512GB or larger

Solid State Drive 512GB or larger

Video Card
(Most Students)

Intel Integrated Graphics or Discrete AMD/NVidia Card

Apple M1 Series, 7-Core or better

Video Card
(Engineering Students)

Discrete AMD or NVidia Video Card

Windows Laptop Preferred

Warranty

Three years onsite or mail-in

Three years AppleCare

Wireless

Support for the ‘Wi-Fi 6’ standard

Support for the ‘Wi-Fi 6’ standard

CD/DVD Drive/Burner

Optional

Optional

Operating System

Windows 10 or 11

MacOS 12 or higher

Ethernet

Adapter required if not built-in

Adapter Required

Printer

  • Personal Wireless Printers are not supported on campus and will not function if connected to the wireless network.
  • Personal Printers connected to the computer via wired USB are allowed, but not required
  • See the printing section on the FAQ page for more information about printing on campus.