The Destination for Pharmacy Education

Laptop Requirement

Students in classroom with laptops open

HSOP students must have a current laptop computer to satisfy the laptop requirement. You are not required to purchase from any specific vendor. HSOP OIT fully supports Windows-based systems, and provides limited support for Apple/Mac hardware and applications.

The laptops are used for a variety of tasks, including: on-line research, website development, email contact with faculty and other students, course evaluations, on-line testing, pharmacotherapeutics, presentation design and development, on-line course material access and download, Rx software installation, electronic medical records, portfolio applications, general coursework documentation, database development, assignment submissions, etc. Each year new uses are integrated into the curriculum.

NOTE: Incoming students are NOT required to have their laptops set up by HSOP OIT. Most resources are now online. You can download free AntiVirus software (Sophos/Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG) from AU Install once you have your username and password established for login. You may also want to install Tiger Print software in order to utilize the printers in the Walker Building. Go to: www.auburn.edu/download

Laptop Minimum Requirements

Minimum Laptop Requirements For Windows PC

  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Microsoft Office 365 (Provided to AU enrolled students)
  • Processor: 64 bit Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Ram: 8 GB minimum
  • Storage: 250 GB SSD or higher
  • Camera and Microphone (integrated or separate component)
  • HDMI or Thunderbolt display ports
  • Install Palo Alto GlobalProtect (VPN Client) from AU Install website

Minimum Mac Requirements

  • Operating System: Mac OS10.15 (Catalina) or newer
  • Microsoft Office 365 (Provided to AU enrolled students)
  • Processor: 64 bit Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Ram: 8 GB minimum
  • Storage: 250 GB SSD or higher
  • Camera and Microphone (integrated or separate component)
  • HDMI or Thunderbolt display ports
  • Install Palo Alto GlobalProtect (VPN Client) from AU Install website

Best Practices/ Additional Suggestions

  • Encrypted Flash Drive ‐ 8GB or more
  • Encrypted Portable Hard drive to back up your laptop/personal data ‐ Macs use Time Machine, Windows use File History
  • Encryption ‐ To avoid any potential HIPPA headaches, for macs use filevault and for Windows use bitlocker to encrypt both your laptop and portable storage

Auburn University Office of Information Technology has negotiated with various vendors to provide our students with the latest technology at a considerable discount. Each program is a bit different, and several makes and models of laptops will be available. Please review the information and on the vendor websites to make the best purchase decision. Visit the OIT Website for more information.

Some considerations to take into account:
  • Webcam - used for connecting to faculty via videoconferencing.
  • Pre-Installed Software & Applications (NOTE: Academic versions are okay - check with the AU Bookstore for availability and pricing)
  • Auburn provides online TigerMail email and scheduling application via the web
  • HSOP provides several Rx applications via network

HSOP policy requires that you have a laptop available for your use.

Contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for more information.

You are not required to purchase selected models or from the vendors on this page.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your laptop purchase, contact the vendor for specific hardware and financing information, or HSOP OIT for general information on issues relating to software, networking requirements, etc. You may contact hsopoit@auburn.edu.


Last Updated: February 11, 2022