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Before You Come to Campus

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Welcome to Stanford! Here are some things you might want to think about before you come to campus.

Your Personal Computer

Stanford’s Student Technical Support Team has some guidance about your personal computing environment.

Recommended Laptop Specifications

The STS Team recommends you have a laptop computer meeting or exceeding these specifications.

macOS 14 (Sonoma) or higherWindows 11 Pro or Education (not Home edition)
Apple M2 or M3Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7

16 GB RAM (minimum)

1 TB solid disk drive (SSD) recommended (512 GB SSD minimum )

4-year extended warranty with repair coverage

If you intend to purchase a new computer, be sure to do so as soon as possible to help ensure that you receive it before arriving on campus. Check out special educational pricing for students at the Stanford Bookstore – Stanford Computer Store | Laptops, Macs, PCs, Tablets. 

Your Browser

You’ll use an online Stanford system called Axess for many tasks. Axess works best with these browsers–

  • Edge
  • Firefox, version 17 and higher
  • Safari, version 5 and higher
  • Chrome, version 35 and higher

Other Considerations

You’ll want at least one method to back up your files. An external hard drive and/or a cloud backup service are recommended. 

In addition, you may also want a–

  • Tablet
  • Desktop or portable display/monitor
  • Power strip/surge protector

Other Wireless Devices

You may bring other wireless devices, such as robotic vacuums and wireless speakers, to campus, but be aware that not all devices work well on the Stanford network. See a list of Unsupported Protocols and Devices.

Adaptive Technology

If you use adaptive technology, be sure to contact the Office of Accessible Education. They can advise you on resources available for students with disabilities. Email, call 650-723-1066, or fax 650-725-5301.


Contact Student Technical Support, let them know you’re an incoming student, and they’ll do their best to help.