Laptop Computer Requirements for Pre-doctoral Students
Pre-doctoral students (four-year and Advanced Standing programs) are required to have a laptop computer. Laptops provide access to learning resources that are used within the classroom, as well as dental-related PC-based software applications that enhance the education at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
The school strongly recommends that you use a PC-based laptop. Students will be using software applications that work with the PC-based format only. Macs and iPads are not compatible with most of the school clinical applications.
The laptop must meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:
- Intel Core I3 processor
- 160GB hard drive
Display and Graphics
- 128MB display adaptor
- Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
- Ethernet: 10/100/1000
- Windows 7 or 8 (Windows 10 is not compatible with some of GSDM’s applications at this time)
- Office 2010 or 2013
Microsoft Office is available to current students at no-cost (see page for eligibility requirements):
Information about discounts for BU students can also be found at
If you do not already own a suitable laptop, you will need to obtain a qualifying laptop prior to the start of classes. You may purchase your laptop computer from the vendor of your choice.
During Orientation, all pre-doctoral students will attend an information session presented by staff of the Information Technology department of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Students should take their laptop computers to this meeting.
For questions regarding laptop requirements, please contact GSDM Information Technology at 617-638-5999.