Faculty/Staff: Please visit the Computer Ordering site for more information

To use the USD network, the following minimum components are required for both laptop and desktop machines. Computers with less capacity may not be able to connect to our network or run applications necessary in the classroom.

If you are buying a new computer

While almost any computer purchased today will be compliant with the network, we recommend that each machine have the following features.

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 or Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or above
  • At least 4 GB RAM (6 GB or more recommended)
  • 250 GB or more hard drive, or a 128 GB or larger SSD and an external hard drive
  • Extended warranty that covers accidental damages
  • A DVD-RW drive or external hard drive for making extra copies of your data
  • A wireless card for notebook computers (802.11N that uses both 2.4 and 5 Ghz recommended)

If you already have a computer

We realize that not everyone will be bringing a new computer to campus. Computers with less than the required capacity may not be able to connect to our network or run applications necessary in the classroom. Please note: these are minimum requirements for using our network, but other software might require newer equipment

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements for AppleMinimum Requirements for Windows
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
Operating System Macintosh 10.7.5 or newer
Windows 7
Memory (RAM)) 4 GB 4 GB

Recommended Software

Office Suite Microsoft Office 365 (FREE FOR ALL ACTIVE USD STUDENTS) Visit
Web Browser Mozilla Firefox, Safari 7, or Internet Explorer 11 are recommended. 
Anti-Virus Software Symantec Endpoint Protection is a free anti-virus for all students of the University. You can download Symantec Endpoint from the following site: If you have a different antivirus program, you can choose to uninstall it and install Symantec. If you would prefer to keep it, please check our list of Supported Antivirus Programs. Please note, Windows 10 computers already come with a pre-installed version of "Windows Defender" a Microsoft branded anti-malware/virus application that does its job well. 
Adobe Reader, Flash
Available free on the internet at
Java Available free on the Internet at


As prices on netbooks (low end mini laptops) drop and Apple iPads are released, students might be tempted to use one of these as their primary machine.  While netbooks and iPads are supported on campus, they often do not have the processing power or storage space to do everything a student might need. Due to the limitations of these devices, the ITS Help Desk recommends that students only purchase netbooks/iPads as additions to their standard computer.

I'm a law school student - what do I need to know?

The USD Law School allows students to take their exams on their computer using a program called SofTest by Examsoft.  As of Fall 2010, you can now install SofTest on a PC and a Mac. If you have a Windows computer, it can be XP, Vista, or Windows 7.  If you have a Mac, you must have OS X 10.5.8 or newer.  For more information, please see the USD Law School Use of Laptop Personal Computers policy.

Recommended Accessories

  • Laptop Lock
  • All original operating system and software CD’s
  • External hard drive (to backup your data)
  • USB thumb drive (to quickly and easily backup and transfer files)
  • Personal Printer
  • Wireless ready/compatible (Most new computers are equipped for wireless access)

Unsupported/Not allowed Items

While ITS strives to support as much technology as it can, there are a few items that ITS cannot support, or will not function, at USD.  You can see a whole list at our Supported/Unsupported Network Devices article.

  • Wireless Printers: Some new printers have the ability to connect to a wireless network to allow printing from multiple computers.  These printers are unable to log in to our 'eduroam' or 'usdguest' wireless network and are unable to maintain the same IP address from the network.  Due to these limitations, we cannot support printing wirelessly to a personal printer.  All personal printers support plugging in directly to your computer via USB cable, which we recommend as an alternative. Printer USB cables are available from the Torero Store for $10. 
  • Personal Routers/Wireless Access Points:  Wireless access points and personal routers will often allow other people to connect to the USD network under your username and password.  This means all traffic they generate (including any illegal file sharing) will look like it is coming from you!  These devices will also be stopped from allowing you Internet access.  You shouldn't need your own router or access point - there is wireless available throughout campus!

Looking for a new computer? Try the USD Torero Store at (619) 260-4551 or online at

Contact Information

Information Technology Services
University Center 117
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7900

Office Hours

Help Desk at University Center 117

  • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED

Torero Store

  • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday - CLOSED