Overview

As a result of the changing landscape in higher education, Texas A&M University now requires students to have access to an appropriate computer to complement course instruction.

Minimum computer specifications are listed below. Most computers purchased in the past few years should meet the minimum standards.

Minimum Requirements

Feature Minimum Requirement
Processor Intel i5 8th Generation processor or equivalent
Memory 8 GB of RAM
Hard Drive 256 GB storage system
Screen Size 13 inch
Additional Requirements
  • Integrated webcam
  • Wi-Fi capable

College Specific Requirements

Some colleges have specific computer requirements to meet the needs of their degree programs. If you are a student in one of these colleges, please click the link below to see requirements for your college and/or major.

Financial Aid for Technology

Financial aid recipients may be eligible for additional funding for the purchase of a computer device and related technology. To request assistance, students may apply for a limited amount of funding from the CARES Act by completing the emergency aid application in the Financial Aid Portal. The application for the Fall semester will be available on July 16.

  • Additional eligibility criteria are listed within the application.
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee additional funding will be awarded.
  • In certain situations, you may not be eligible for additional funding.

Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on how to apply for Financial Aid. If you have already applied please check howdy.tamu.edu and click on the Financial Aid Portal icon.

Questions?

Further questions about device requirements or technical specifications should be directed to Help Desk Central at helpdesk@tamu.edu or 979.845.8300.

FAQ

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape of higher education by increasing the use of technology in course instruction. Just as we require all our students to have specific textbooks and supplies in order to gain the highest quality educational experience, there is a need for all students to have an appropriate computer to ensure they are able to fully participate in course work.

You may use your existing device if it meets or exceeds the minimum requirements listed above. Most computers purchased in the past few years should meet the minimum standards. Some colleges/majors have specific requirements. Please ensure your device meets the requirements for your degree program.

You can check your device for compliance by following these instructions.

Financial aid recipients may be eligible for additional funding for the purchase of a computer device and related technology starting July 16. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on how to apply for Financial Aid. If you have already applied please check howdy.tamu.edu and click on the Financial Aid Portal icon.

The Open Access Labs (OALs) also provide computers, printers, scanners and other equipment in locations throughout campus. Note: Lab space and hours are limited. Visit oal.tamu.edu for the most up-to-date information on lab availability and hours.

Contact Help Desk Central at helpdesk@tamu.edu or 979.845.8300.

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