Student Laptop Verification Form

If you are experiencing problem submitting this form, please email SAATech@utsouthwestern.edu

Submission Deadline
Medical School 2021 1 July 2021
School of Health Professions Summer 2021 19 April 2021
School of Health Professions Fall 2021 1 July 2021

If you are confident that your laptop (purchased new outside the University Store or already existing) meets the specifications, please check on the box below and submit this form to the Office of Admissions. You will get a confirmation email upon submission if you have provided a valid email.

○ See details about MD student technology requirements.
○ See details about SHP student technology requirements.

If you have any questions about the requirements, please email David Price.

Note: Your laptop will be tested on the first day of orientation to ensure that it meets the criteria below.
Requirements for a Windows Laptop
While tablets (including a Galaxy Tab, Sony Xperia...etc.), netbooks (computers with an Intel Atom or equivalent), and Google Chromebooks are quality learning devices, they are not solely sufficient for the expected needs and do not meet the minimum requirements. Tablets, netbooks,and chromebooks are not prohibited, but a laptop, as described below, is required. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and newer, as well as the Microsoft Surface Go are acceptable provided they meet the requirements outlined below. Touchscreen laptops are also supported, but you may be required to disable the touchscreen functionality during required assessments.

Minimum Requirements
Age of the Device Should be 2 years old or newer
Operating System Windows 10 Professional or Premium (Creators Edition and Home Edition are acceptable; Windows RT and Windows 10 S are not acceptable)
Memory 8GB RAM or higher
Hard Drive 128 GB for SSD hard drive or higher
CPU Processor Intel Processor required (AMD is not acceptable)
Webcam HD 720P (minimum streaming resolution); attachable USB HD 720P webcam acceptable
Microphone Integrated in the laptop; through attachable USB webcam acceptable
Software Antivirus software (Sophos Home Premium is provided by the university)
Security Privacy Screen (required for on-campus exams)

Requirements for an Apple Laptop
While tablets (including iPad Minis, iPad Pros...etc.) are quality learning devices, they are not solely sufficient for the expected needs and do not meet the minimum requirements. Tablets are not prohibited, but a laptop, as described below, is required. It should be noted that students are allowed to take UTSW quizzes and exams using an iPad, however a student-furnished laptop is needed for required NBME examinations (several throughout the 4-year medical student experience).

Minimum Requirements
Age of the Device Should be 2 years old or newer
Operating System macOS 11 Big Sur (10.14 and 10.15 are also acceptable)
Memory 8GB RAM or higher
Hard Drive 128 GB for SSD hard drive or higher
CPU Processor Intel Processor required (Apple Silicon is not acceptable)
Webcam HD 720P (minimum streaming resolution); attachable USB HD 720P webcam acceptable
Microphone Integrated in the laptop; through attachable USB webcam acceptable
Software Antivirus software (Sophos Home Premium is provided by the university)
Security Privacy Screen (required for on-campus exams)

Laptop Verification

  * By checking on this box and submitting this form,

  • I acknowledge that I have met all specifications and I am solely responsible if it is determined later that it does not meet all specifications.
  • I acknowledge that if it is determined later that my laptop is insufficient, I must upgrade my machine to the specifications or purchase a new laptop.
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