Computer Recommendations

While there are computers available for students in various locations at our Huntington, Indiana and Peoria, Arizona locations, it is recommended that students have a device of their own. Many of our programs will have students use their personal devices for coursework and assessments.

Should I buy a desktop or notebook (laptop) computer?
We believe a notebook (laptop) computer will enhance your experience due to added mobility and convenience.

Internet Access
Access to the Internet is provided primarily for academic purposes and e-mail. HU provides a robust wireless network available in all academic and residential areas on campus. Ethernet connections are available only in specific locations.

Minimum Computer Recommendations  

  • Brand – Recommended PC models include Dell Inspiron 5000, Inspiron 7000, XPS 13, and XPS 15. For Mac users: MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Apple Silicon (M1, M2, M3) is recommended. Student discounts are available online at  
  • Processor (CPU) 13th or 14th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 (Intel Core Ultra 5 or 7) or AMD Ryzen 3, 5 and 7. Intel Celeron and Pentium processors are NOT recommended.
  • Operating System - Microsoft Windows 11 or macOS 12 or newer. Chromebooks and iPads are not suitable for all coursework.
  • Memory – 8 GB is recommended; 16 GB is better.
  • Hard Drive – 250 GB or larger solid-state drive (SSD). Rotational (RPM) SATA drives are NOT recommended.
  • ** Note to Digital Media Arts students: Please refer to the computer recommendations for DMA students found on the Software & Hardware Recommendations page.

What software should I have on my computer?

  • Antivirus software - AV Software is required and should be updated on a regular basis. Huntington University recommends and provides free of charge, Sophos Anti Virus. This software is available on both Windows and Mac computers and information on how to request access can be found on the HU Portal.
  • Microsoft Office - Provided free for all students of Huntington University and can be obtained by logging in to Microsoft 365 with your HU credentials.