Student Computer Recommendations

In addition to public computer labs on campus, TTS recommends that all students bring a personal computer with them to Tufts. Whether you plan to bring a computer you already own, or purchase a new computer, the information below outlines what most students need for general academic purposes.

We recommend students’ computers should not be more than 2 years old and have the following minimum specifications:

  • At least 4 GB of RAM and i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium or Apple OS X 10.9 or newer
  • 250 GB Hard Drive or 128 GB Solid State Drive or greater storage
  • WiFi capability
  • 3 years or greater of hardware support and accident protection

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 365 is available to all students for FREE. We strongly recommend that students not buy Microsoft Office from laptop manufacturers or retail stores.

Extended Warranties
We strongly encourage students to purchase extended warranties that cover three to four years. When possible, purchase additional protection that covers drops and liquid damage to the device.

Student Discount
Tufts maintains a list of discount agreements with many computer vendors. 


Contact TTS

If you are unsure about which computer to purchase, or if you have specific computing needs for your major or discipline, please contact TTS for assistance:

Call: 617-627-3376