Students enrolled at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are required to have a computer in order to complete course requirements. For all programs involving face-to-face or ‘in-class’ instruction, students are required to have a laptop computer.  For any fully online programs or for any secondary machine, students are free to use desktop computers that meet the requirements. If you already have a computer and want to continue using it at Harrisburg University, please be aware of our minimum requirements for system connectivity.

Please note, these are the minimum requirements for the Office365 desktop software. There may be additional degree program software requirements. Some program software may be operating system dependent. Check with your advisor or Program Lead for more information before you make any computer purchasing decisions.

Minimum HU Computer Requirements

  • Processor: 1.6 GHz or greater (2-core or greater)
  • RAM: 4 GB or greater (8 GB recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB or greater, SSD (Solid State Drive) highly recommended
  • Integrated webcam or high quality external camera for video communication
  • Quality microphone (Headsets are recommended) for audio communication
  • Wireless: 802.11 N or AC
  • Display: 1280×760 Resolution
  • Security Software with current definitions

Any course that involves virtual lectures or sessions will utilize Microsoft Teams Classes. Students will be required to download the desktop application for the optimal experience.  Users will also need to maintain a network with a minimum 5 mb upload and download speed to avoid issues.

In addition to hardware requirements, users must have administrative rights or a permission level allowing the installation and configuration of software/system settings. If you are using a work or school computer without such permissions, please discuss the Security Software requirements mentioned above with your system administrator.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10, Windows 11
  • Mac OS X 10.13 and above

While other operating systems may work on the network and connect to university resources, the configuration and support will be the responsibility of the end user.