Computer Purchases

Student Laptop Program

Clinical Affairs Information Technology Services (CAITS) provides support for students, faculty, and staff in the use of technology supporting our three core missions: Education, Research, and Clinical Service. Many curricular activities at the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) require the use of mobile devices. Much of your course work will involve computers, and we have a computer-based clinical system that tracks and records all aspects of patient care, from appointments and contact information to treatment plans and completed procedures. Therefore, it is essential for each student to have a portable personal computer that is compatible with our learning environment.

Orthodontic students should stop by the Technology Office, DS 120, regarding their laptop specifications.

DDS, Operative, Prosthodontic, Periodontic, and Hygiene students can purchase laptops using the following specifications listed below: 

Requirements for Student Laptops

In order to ensure that students will be able to successfully run the axiUm application and the ExamSoft testing software, the following minimum hardware and software requirements have been established based on the software vendors’ recommendations.

 New Windows Laptop or DesktopNew Mac Laptop or Desktop
Processor: Any current-generation processor of over 2 GHz and at least 2 cores Any currently shipping Apple laptop or desktop (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, or Mac Pro)
Memory (RAM) 4 GB or more  
Hard drive: 320 GB or more  
Network card: Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual band)

Note: Make sure the wireless card supports 802.11n in both 2.4 GHZ and 5 GHz.
Operating system: Windows 8.x or Windows 7  
Special note: TPM chip is required for Windows laptops only.


CAITS will provide guidance and assistance to any students who have questions regarding these minimum requirements, or need assistance with configuring the device for use in the school environment. CAITS will be able to refer the students to additional resources such as UITS or the device manufacturer. Students can contact CAITS via email at

Students can purchase laptops for a discount through IU’s personal purchasing program. Vendor stores can be accessed through the following site: Software can be downloaded via the IUware portal located at

All students are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by the University’s Acceptable Use Agreement for accessing the University network. This agreement can be found at: IU Keep It Safe.  Security measures implemented by the university and the school are implemented to protect the student, university, school and the school’s patients.  Tampering with,  or removal,  of these security measures in not permitted unless authorized by ISTM. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action according to standard University and IUSD Academic Affairs procedures.