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Getting started with tech for students

  5 minutes to read | Last updated June 1, 2019

Welcome to UW‑Madison! We’re here to help you with technology so that you can get the most out of your time on campus.

Below you will find some guides to help you navigate all the resources available to you.

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Tech recommendations for your major

  • General Recommendations

    Not sure which major? Here are some recommended minimum laptop and software options, and essential items that will get you through your time here on campus:

    – CPU: Intel Core i5
    – Memory: 8 GB
    – Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
    – Warranty: 3 or 4 Year Accidental Damage coverage

  • Computer Sciences

    MacBook Pro 15 with Touchbar –  Quad-Core Intel Core i7 | 16GB | 512GB SSD | Mac OS 

    Dell XPS 15 Non-Touch – Intel Dual Core i7 | 16GB | 512GB SSD | Windows 10

  • School of Nursing

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Windows 10

  • Law School

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Windows 10

  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    We are currently hard at work to verify our recommendations with your school. In the meantime, here are some recommended minimum laptop and software options, and essential items that will get you through your time here on campus:

    – CPU: Intel Core i5
    – Memory: 8 GB
    – Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
    – Warranty: 3 or 4 Year Accidental Damage coverage

  • School of Pharmacy

    We are currently hard at work to verify recommendations with your school. In the meantime, here are some recommended minimum laptop and software options, and essential items that will get you through your time here on campus:

    – CPU: Intel Core i5
    – Memory: 8 GB
    – Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
    – Warranty: 3 or 4 Year Accidental Damage coverage

  • School of Medicine and Public Health

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 Non-Touch – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Windows 10

  • College of Letters & Science

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB  SSD | Windows 10

  • College of Engineering

    Dell XPS 13 Non-Touch – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Windows 10

    Dell XPS 15 Non-Touch – Intel Quad Core i7 | 16GB | 512GB SSD | Windows 10

  • Wisconsin School of Business

    MacBook Pro 13 with Parallels – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS | Parallels to run Windows ($59 install)

    Dell XPS 13 Non-Touch – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB  SSD | Windows 10

  • School of Human Ecology

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB  SSD | Windows 10

  • School of Education

    We are currently hard at work to verify our recommendations with your school. In the meantime, here are some recommended minimum laptop and software options, and essential items that will get you through your time here on campus:

    – CPU: Intel Core i5
    – Memory: 8 GB
    – Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
    – Warranty: 3 or 4 Year Accidental Damage coverage

  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB  SSD | Windows 10

  • School of Veterinary Medicine

    We are currently hard at work to verify our recommendations with your school. In the meantime, here are some recommended minimum laptop and software options, and essential items that will get you through your time here on campus:

    – CPU: Intel Core i5
    – Memory: 8 GB
    – Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
    – Warranty: 3 or 4 Year Accidental Damage coverage

  • Communication Arts

    MacBook Pro 13 – Intel Dual-Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | Mac OS

    Dell XPS 13 – Intel Core i5 | 8GB | 256GB  SSD | Windows 10

  • Arts (Graphic Design, Photography, 3D Animation)

    We are currently hard at work to verify our recommendations with your school. In the meantime, here are some recommended minimum laptop and software options, and essential items that will get you through your time here on campus:

    – CPU: Intel Core i5
    – Memory: 8 GB
    – Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
    – Warranty: 3 or 4 Year Accidental Damage coverage

DoIT Help Desk

The Help Desk is here to help. Connect with us at our in-person location or on the phone, email or chat.

608-264-HELP (4357) | Chat | Email

Computer Sciences
1210 W Dayton Street
608-264-DOIT (3648)
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