Oxy students typically bring their own PC or Mac laptops. The Academic Commons has a limited number of public computers available and short term Dell PC lending is available at the Library Information Desk.


Mac, Windows or Tablets?

All campus network resources are available for both PCs and Macs, though students trend toward using Macs. Chromebooks, iPads, Surfaces, or Android tablets may also be useful for study and class activities, but please note some classes will require software that is not easily accessible on Chromebooks and tablets.


Recommended Specs

The computing power you'll need is dependent upon which courses you'll be taking, but a general baseline standard we suggest is: 


Dell Latitude PCs

14 inch 

16GB RAM

Windows 10

Core i5


Macbook Air

13 inch

8GB Memory

256GB Storage

Core i5


Are there any Oxy Discounts?

Computers are not sold on campus but you can use the link dell.com/oxy or https://www.apple.com/us-edu/store to learn about available educational discounts.


Does ITS Service Student Computers?


We provide basic support and troubleshooting to ensure that you are able to access campus resources on your personal computers; this includes network connection and configuration, setting up network printing, and offering free antivrus software for your Windows or Mac computer. We are unable to repair hardware problems on your personal machines but we do provide assistance with hardware problem diagnosis.