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.
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.
|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|
|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|