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Technical Requirements

General Recommendations

We recommend Windows 7 (preferred) or Windows 8. If you are in a program that does not have any special software requirements then a Mac should be fine. We highly recommend that you consult with your advisor and/or instructors about software requirements before choosing a Mac. Microsoft Office can be purchased at a discounted price for both Windows and Mac. Please click here for more information.

While we understand that every computer is different, most newer PCs and Macs will perform without issue for your Vermont Tech educational needs.  If your computer came with Windows 7 or 8 preloaded, your processor and memory should be sufficient for the average online or hybrid course.  If your program requires special software, you should speak to the program director about specific computer requirements.

Because Vermont Tech online courses utilize an array of multimedia and web-based resources, it is important that your internet connection be at least 1.5Mbps or faster. If you are unsure of your internet speeds, please contact your internet service provider.

If you plan on purchasing a new computer, please see the minimum and recommended requirements below.  If visiting a retail store for purchasing, we recommend printing and bringing them with you.

Technical Requrements:


Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
Memory: 4GB or more
Hard Drive: 120GB or more
Bandwidth: 1.5Mbps or better (for online courses)


Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
Memory: 8GB or more
Hard Drive: 240GB or more
Bandwidth: 15Mbps or better (for online courses)