The College of Medicine requires all incoming students to have their own laptop computer. Laptop computers are required for the following academic uses:
- Accessing course materials via the Canvas LMS
- Review of captured lectures (Echo 360)
- Computer-based examinations using ExamSoft® and Canvas
- Digital microscopy
- Access to online resources/reference materials
- Faculty/peer communications
Minimum laptop requirements
The laptop may be either a Mac ( MAC OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks or higher) or Windows-based laptop ( Windows 7 or higher), and must have the following minimum requirements:
- 2.4 GHz CPU (Intel dual-core i5)
- 64-bit Operating System with 8 GB of RAM (32-bit operating system with 4 GB of RAM is acceptable)
- A clear and reasonably sized screen with a minimum resolution of 1024x768.
- Wireless networking capability
- Two functioning USB ports (or an adapter to add more)
- Due to a current performance issue between Lenovo laptops and our exam software, we do NOT recommend purchasing Lenovo laptops.
NOTE: If choosing a convertible notebook, a Microsoft Surface Pro must be version 3 or higher. Most software does not support alternate versions of Windows 10 (such as RT and Windows 10S). Please refrain from purchasing any hardware with the Windows RT or Windows 10S operating system.
- Anti-virus software: third-party products are NOT recommended. The University of Kentucky provides Microsoft Endpoint free at: https://download.uky.edu/ (Note: Windows 10 Defender is sufficient).
- Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word): free download of both Mac and PC versions available at https://office365.uky.edu (once enrolled at UK)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader: free download is available at www.adobe.com.
- Web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.)
Other mobile devices
The UK College of Medicine does not currently require the use of mobile devices (e.g. iPad, Android, etc.) running alternate (e.g. non-MAC or Windows) operating systems, and such devices do not meet the minimum specified requirements for laptop computing. However, to accommodate student interest, most resources (e.g. Echo 360 lecture capture) are accessible via these platforms. The University of Kentucky also provides mobile apps and email support for these devices.
Some students find it convenient to own a printer; however, this is not required. The College of Medicine provides public pay-for-print devices in several areas, including the student lounges and the college’s computer lab. In addition, the medical center library also offers printing capabilities. Each year, students are allocated a fixed capacity on a print card – with the option of purchasing additional copies. Student printing is provided by IKON, with locations and instructions listed on their website ( http://www.uky.edu/studentprt/).
Financial impact on students
The Higher Education Act, as amended in 1998, recognizes computers as an educational expense. Therefore, students may request up to $3,000 for inclusion of a computer in their cost of attendance. This is a one-time increase during medical school; all adjustments will be for fall/spring.
Questions or assistance
Students are responsible for the ensuring the functionality of their laptops. For example, the UK College of Medicine offers instructions and assistance for connecting to the wireless network but does not provide software or hardware support for student-owned laptops. However, UK students are eligible for discounted service/repairs via Kentucky Trade Computers (KYTrade) – a UK-contracted vendor (859-225-1700, www.kytrade.com).
If you need help with deciding on which computer to purchase, we are happy to help.