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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Information for specific audiences:

College Computer Specifications

College computers are purchased and upgraded so as to meet or exceed minimum hardware and operating system specifications. The following are the minimum computer recommendations for computers connecting to the university network:

Apple Hardware

2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
4 GB RAM
250 GB Hard Drive
OS X 10.7 (Lion)
Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on all new models, except MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display)
802.11b/g/n on laptops (802.11n standard on all new models)
Bag to protect laptop, if applicable
500 GB Backup Storage

Windows Hardware

2.0 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
4 GB RAM
250 GB Hard Drive
Windows 7 or Windows 8
CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on most models)
802.11b/g/n on laptops (Standard on most models)
Bag to protect laptop, if applicable
500 GB Backup Storage



This baseline specification is reviewed by the Director of Information Technology on an annual basis to determine whether the existing standard is sufficient to run current software.

Upgrades are funded out of the Information Technology budget. Occasionally a faculty or staff member might need special hardware beyond what is offered during the upgrade process. The Information Technology department will be happy to order extra hardware and install it as part of the upgrade, but individual departments and offices will need to provide funding for these extras.

The College does not support the Mac standard, though any individual can use whatever computer platform they feel comfortable with. Once the College establishes hardware and software standards, we put our training resources into providing support for this standard so we cannot guarantee support for other choices that individuals make. Similarly, if you choose to purchase a second computer, such as a laptop, the IT department will be happy to assist with upgrades but your department or office resources will need to be used for this upgrade.

Other important links:

Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-7000 • info@sc.edu