Purchase - What Computer Should I Buy

Recommendation for student computer purchase.

Things to consider when buying a new computer for college

Do I need to bring my own computer to campus?

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has computer labs in all residence halls and most academic buildings. Also, all the software programs you need to finish homework or projects are already loaded on them. Check out UW Oshkosh’s lab locations (Residence Halls & General Access), hours and installed software. With that being said, personal computers are very convenient and a majority of students choose to bring one to campus. Many students choose to bring a laptop or tablet computer for increased portability. 

Recommended Features

  1. Processor (CPU): Intel i5 or better
  2. Memory (RAM): 8GB or more
  3. Internal Storage: Solid State Drives (SSD's) are much faster and provide longer battery life, Hard Disk Drives (HDD's) provide more storage space at a lower cost.
  4. Wireless:
      • 802.11n dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless connectivity.
      • look for 802.11ac wireless capabilities.
  5. Battery Life: Manufacturers' battery-life claims range from just a few hours up to 12 hours or more.
  6. Cases: A padded case or laptop backpack is recommended for safer transportation.

Please note, some departments/programs may have additional requirements, please see your advisor or the respective department.

Computer Purchase Discounts

Current students are able to purchase computers with an educational discount from Hardware Vendor Sites:

Software Discounts 

Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC)



If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or helpdesk@uwosh.edu