All incoming PhD students at Cummings School are required to have a laptop computer. Please contact your mentor for the recommendation of purchasing either a PC or a MAC. We recommend also purchasing an extended warranty from the manufacturer to cover the cost of hardware repairs which may occur.
Laptops (PC or Mac)/Mobile Devices
|Hardware||Recommended for PC||Recommended for Mac|
|Hard Drive||250GB or greater Solid-State Drive, or a 512GB hard drive||250GB or greater Solid-State Drive, or a 512GB hard drive|
|Memory||8Gb -16GB of RAM||8Gb -16GB of RAM|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Professional||OSX 10.14|
|Processor||Intel i7 2.0Ghz||Intel i7 2.0Ghz|
|Screen||13"- 15”||13"- 15”|
|Hardware||Minimum for PC||Minimum for Mac|
|Hard Drive||256 GB hard drive||256 GB hard drive|
|Memory||4 Gb of RAM||4 Gb of RAM|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Professional||OSX 10.13|
|Processor||Intel i5 1.86Ghz||Intel i5 1.86Ghz|
|Software||Recommended for PC||Recommended for Mac|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows Version 7 or 10 64 Bit (Creators update for Win 10 not supported)||Mac OSX v.10.11|
|Office Suite||Microsoft Office 2010/2013/2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)||Office 2011/2016 for Mac|
|Anti-Virus Protection||TrendMicro Antivirus||TrendMicro Antivirus|
|Mobile Phones/Tablets||Android Tablet or Phone||iPhone, iPad, or iPod|
|Operating System/iOS||OS 9.0||OS 12.2|
*When purchasing a new computer, Windows 10 is recommended; however, if you already have a computer with Windows 7, that is acceptable.
Tufts strongly recommends that all students with mobile devices such as an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch have the most recent operating system. Please make sure your devices are set to be automatically updated by the vendor to ensure that your devices are always on the most current operating platform.
Tufts strongly recommends that students ensure their personal devices specifically laptops, tablets and phones have disk encryption toggled on. For PC’s please to go Control Panel select All Control Panel Items and then select BitLocker Drive Encryption
For a Mac encryption (File Vault) please see go to the Apple menu then System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy. Click the FileVault tab. Click , then enter an administrator name and password. Then Click to Turn On FileVault.
Things to Consider Regarding Security
Some additional Helpful Links
Tufts University has negotiated discounted prices with several vendors. Please view the recommended hardware and software list before you make your purchase. Check out Tufts on the hub for additional software and hardware options. https://tufts.onthehub.com/WebStore/Support/WebStoreHelpContents.aspx
Tufts University offers services to graduate students on the Grafton campus such as Computer Purchase Consultations, Data Recovery, and Computer Donation and Recycling. Information can be found on the university’s https://it.tufts.edu/it-computing/computers-labs-printing/computer-donation-and-recycling