Incoming Students Computer Ownership Requirement

Dartmouth requires all students to own a computer that meets minimum hardware requirements listed below and works on the Dartmouth network. Hardware or software that is considered End-of-Support or End-of-Life by the manufacturer or no longer receives regular security updates is not supported on campus or by ITC Staff. Devices found to be vulnerable to exploitation or running insecure software will be removed from the network.

Apple Computers

  • Hard Drive Size: 256 GB or more
  • Memory (RAM): 8 GB or more
  • Operating System: macOS 10.15(Catalina) or higher

Windows Computers

  • Hard Drive Size: 256 GB or more
  • Memory (RAM): 8 GB or more
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home or higher

Note: Chromebooks are not acceptable for meeting Dartmouth's Computer Ownership requirement.

You may choose to purchase your computer anywhere as long as it meets the minimum requirements and works on the Dartmouth network. Dartmouth has it's own Computer Store that offers some advantages:

  • All computers sold through the Dartmouth Computer Store meet our hardware standards.
  • You'll receive an educational discount when buying through the store, and can have warranty service performed on campus.
  • All students that purchase a computer package from The Computer Store are also entitled to a free loaner if your machine needs to come in for a warranty repair at our service department.

As an incoming student, in Mid May you'll receive your Dartmouth NetID and password. In early June you can go online to The Computer Store to view the packages we're offering, and, if desired, place an order with us. 

If you already own a computer, or plan to buy one elsewhere, please be aware that you WILL NOT be entitled to a free loaner at the Computer Store, and will be charged a service fee by them if service is needed.

If you have questions about the minimum requirements, or our packages, after you received your Dartmouth NetID in mid-May, call the incoming student computer hotline at (603) 646-1104 (from the U.S. or Canada) or (866) 720-7567 (from outside the U.S. or Canada; the call is toll-free) or send email to


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