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Computer Requirements    

As a result of the changing landscape in higher education, Texas A&M University at Galveston 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

* Chromebooks and Android Tablets do not meet these minimum specifications and are not recommended.

Specific Requirements for College of Engineering Students

Financial Aid for Technology

Financial aid recipients may be eligible for additional funding for the purchase of a computer device and related technology starting July 16. Please visit http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Emergency-Aid for more information.

Questions?

We know this is new information, and you may be worried about how this will impact you this fall. If you need support in this process, please contact Scholarships & Financial Aid at financialaid@tamug.edu.

Further questions about device requirements or technical specifications should be directed to Help Desk at Helpdesk@tamug.edu or 409-740-4714.

FAQ    

Why are these new requirements being implemented?
Why are these new requirements being implemented?

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.

Can I use my existing device?
Can I use my existing device?

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.

How do I check my device for compliance?
How do I check my device for compliance?

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

What if I can't afford a new computer?
What if I can't afford a new computer?

Financial aid recipients may be eligible for additional funding for the purchase of a computer device and related technology starting July 16. Please visit http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Emergency-Aid -for more information.

The Galveston campus offers several locations for open computer lab use. Those can be found at https://www.tamug.edu/it/services/computing-printing-software/Computer_Labs_and_VDI.html  Computer labs are open 8:00AM till 10:00PM every day. In addition students may check out laptops from the Library for 4-hour use anywhere on campus. Please go to the service desk in Jack K. Williams Library to checkout laptops.

For additional IT information and resources see https://www.tamug.edu/success/keep-learning.html

Who do I contact for questions about device requirements?
Who do I contact for questions about device requirements?

Contact Help Desk at Helpdesk@tamug.edu or 409-740-4714.