Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Minimum Technology Specifications for 2018-2019

You are required to own both a laptop computer and an iPad for your coursework. Although ATSU doesn’t require any specific model or brand of computer, below are the minimum specifications you will need (for both computers and iPads). Please note these are minimum specs, not recommended specs and that you can use either the Windows or Mac platform.  Any reputable business that sells computers/iPads can advise you on these specifications.

Computers

For students using financial assistance, the financial aid budget provides $1000 toward the purchase of a laptop. You will not receive these funds until matriculation.

Windows computers

  • i5 Processor or better
  • 8GB RAM
  • Wireless – Dual-Band capable (Supporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 802 .11 ac preferred. (This is the wireless protocol used to connect to the ATSU wireless network)
  • Windows OS (Operating System) 7 or newer
  • Anit-virus software such as Avira
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer, or
    • During orientation, you will be able to request Office 365 from the Service Desk at no charge.  NOTE:  Your Office 365 account will be disabled upon graduation and you will need to purchase a personal account at that time, if you want to retain your data.
    • The suite of applications you receive with your Google Apps account contains Google Docs, Google sheets, and similar applications which can be used as a replacement for Microsoft Office.

Mac computers

  • i5 Processor or better (Intel-based Processor)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 802 .11 n or ac preferred (This is the wireless protocol used to connect to the ATSU wireless network)
  • Mac OS (Operating system) X Mountain Lion (10.8.x) or newer
  • Anti-virus software such as Avira
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or
    • During orientation, you will be able to request Office 365 from the Service Desk at no charge.  NOTE:  Your account will be disabled upon graduation and you will need to purchase a personal account at that time, if you want to retain your data.
    • The suite of applications you receive with your Google Apps account contains Google Docs, Google sheets, and similar applications which can be used as a replacement for Microsoft Office.

iPads

  • Hardware Recommendations: iPad Pro, iPad 5+ (Air1). The iPad Mini is not recommended because of possible issues in testing.
  • Operating System: iOS 11 (Only genuine versions of iOS are supported).
  • 32 GB minimum.
  • 500 MB of free space.
  • iPad must not be Jailbroken.

You are required to own a personal iPad no later than July 9, 2018 (start of orientation). ATSU also highly recommends that you purchase extended warranty and/or insurance on your iPad device to ensure you can quickly repair or replace your device should it be damaged/lost/stolen etc.  Click here for more Details.  For students using financial assistance, the financial aid budget provides $724 toward the purchase of an iPad, insurance, and apps. This amount covers the cost of an iPad with the required minimum specifications.  You will not receive these funds until matriculation.

Do you own an iPad but are not sure which type? Follow this short video to determine which iPad you own.

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