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Computing Requirements - Fall 2014

Students at UB are required to have access to a computer and printer. This access goes beyond what is provided in the university’s public computing sites, the university’s My Virtual Computing Lab and School of Management’s student computer lab located in Jacobs 210. 

While ownership is not strictly required, most will find it essential for success in their academic pursuits. If you already own a computer, this site and UB's computing standards site, will help determine if it complies with UB’s and the school’s support standards, ensuring that it meets your needs for discipline-specific work in the School of Management.  

If you are looking to purchase a new computer, please refer to the university’s recommended computing standards, in addition to the School of Management’s requirements outlined below.

If you are looking to purchase software for your computer, please refer to the university's software website. Certain software packages, such as Microsoft Office, are available at no charge.

Additional School of Management Computer Requirements

1. Execute and use Windows-only applications on their computer—Because some School of Management courses use applications that work only in a Windows environment, students are required to have access to a Windows machine. This can be accomplished through a virtual machine on their Macintosh computer, dual-boot scenario, a second Windows-only computer or some other means that is the responsibility of the student.

Two examples include 

2. Exchange Microsoft Office documents without any problems—Because many School of Management courses rely heavily on the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), students’ computers need to read the latest Microsoft Office documents and save their work in the latest Microsoft Office formats for possible presentation to their instructors.

Additional Requirement

Printer access:  Ownership of a printer is not strictly required, but most people will find it essential for success in their academic pursuits. 


There are some simple steps all computer users can take to help protect their computers and personal information from hackers, viruses, scam artists and other online threats. Visit the university’s security website to learn more about protecting your computer and personal data.

Backing Up Your Data

Students should acquire a form of storage media for storing and backing up their projects and data independent of their computer. It is highly recommended that students acquire a means of securing their laptop or computer for security purposes (i.e. a security lock down cable). Visit the university's security website.

Another option to back up your projects and data would be to store your files securely on UB's file system (UBfs) and access them from wherever you are.

Additional Information and Suggestions 

  1. Software available to the University at Buffalo students. 
  2. Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 upgrades are provided by the university. 
  3. UB’s My Virtual Computing Lab.
  4. Additional services available to University at Buffalo students.