Recommended Software and Hardware List

Last Updated: 10/06/2020


In an effort to provide guidance in the often confusing world of computing, the university provides computing recommendations for the various members of the campus community. These recommendations are intended to provide minimum specifications for a successful computing experience at CU Boulder. To access specific recommendations, please use the list below.

Recommended Computers

OIT recommendations for purchasing a new computer, customized to your needs.

Student Shopping List

A basic shopping list for students to be prepared, when arriving to CU Boulder campus.

Software Lifecycle

A guide to know when it is time to retire/upgrade a software application.

Using an Existing or Used Computer

If you want to use an existing or used computer on campus, OIT asks that you refer to the IT Service Center Minimum Hardware and Software Standards. This list of minimum standards communicates what the IT Service Center, including Desktop Support (Student Desktop Support Technicians), will support.

Computer Peripherals 

Looking for guidance on standard and recommended models of peripherals? Visit our Recommended Computer Peripherals page for guidance on purchasing commonly used peripherals including monitors, docks, webcams, headsets, and more.

Purchasing Smartphones

If you are purchasing a smartphone to connect to OIT services, OIT recommends phones that use the following mobile operating systems: Apple iOS or Android. OIT provides support for connecting these three types of devices to Microsoft Exchange, Google Mail, and UCB Wireless.

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