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Standard Computer Hardware and Software


The campus standards below are intended to provide for a successful computing experience at CU Boulder, for students, faculty and staff.

Standard Computers

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

Computer Peripherals

Guidance on using and purchasing peripherals such as monitors, docks, webcams, and headsets.

Student Shopping List

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

Software Catalog

List of standard software available at CU Boulder.

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, refer to the  Supported Software and Hardware list. This list of minimum standards communicates what the IT Service Center, Buff Techs, and Dedicated Desktop Support will support.


If you are using a smartphone to connect to OIT services, use iPhone or Android phones. OIT support is limited to Microsoft O365, Google Mail, UCB Wireless, and basic device troubleshooting.

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