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Personal Purchase Recommendation

Loyola University Chicago does not require students to have a personal computer. However, it is recommended.  Whether you purchase a desktop or a laptop computer, it is important to balance quality and performance with cost. Loyola’s ITS staff make the following recommendations for system configurations.

Windows ComputersRecommendedMinimum
Processor Core i5
Core i3
Memory 4 - 8 GB
4 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB 500 GB
Wireless Card 802.11n 802.11n
Optical Drives DVD-RW (Dual Layer)
Warranty 3 year (parts and labor) 2 year (parts and labor)
Apple ComputersRecommendedMinimum
Processor Core i7
Core i5
Memory 4 - 8 GB 4 GB
Hard Drive 750 GB 500 GB
Wireless Card 802.11/n 802.11/n
Optical Drives DVD-RW DVD-RW
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan               
AppleCare Protection Plan


For more information about purchasing personal technology, please click here. Lastly, checkout the CNET Reviews site as you may find helpful information in making your selection.

Whenever possible, Loyola recommends only Energy Star certified equipment and makes every attempt to choose EPEAT silver or gold-certified desktops, laptops, printers and monitors. We encourage all Loyola students, staff and faculty to consider sustainable information technology equipment.

Date Revised: 08/21/13


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