Student Laptop Requirement

All incoming DVM students are required to have a laptop computer which runs Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OS, can access the vet school’s wireless network, and meets the recommended specifications listed below. These computers will be used for research, computer-based exams, and in-class participation.

Financial Aid

Students who will be seeking financial aid should be aware that the cost of a laptop computer, up to certain limits, can be added to the student’s budget for purposes of computing financial aid under the guidelines of the U.S. Office of Education. If you have questions about the financial aid application process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 508-839-8733 for detailed information, before purchasing your laptop.

Special Laptop Pricing

Tufts University has negotiated discounted prices with several vendors. Please view the recommended hardware and software list before you make your purchase. Information on student discounts can be found on the university’s IT website.

We highly recommend that new laptops be purchased with a 4-year hardware support agreement as ITS does not support repair on student computers.

Cummings School Recommended Hardware/Software

If you already own a laptop, or you choose not to buy a laptop from one of our preferred vendors, your laptop must meet these minimum recommended specifications. These specifications are designed so that you will be able to use your computer effectively in your education at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Hardware Recommended
Hard Drive 500GB or higher (7200 RPM)
Optical Drive CD/DVD Burner
Memory 4 GB or higher
Processor 4th Generation Intel Core i5
Video Card 1GB or higher video memory
Network Card 100Mbps or higher
Wireless Network Card 802.11n
Software Recommended
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7/8 Professional, Mac OSX v.10.8 or latest
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2010/2013 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Office 2011 for Mac
Anti-Virus Protection Norton, McAffee, Trend, Command